Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown DEMDemocrat

American politician

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Lisa BrownDEMDemocrat American politician
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Lisa Jo Brown (born October 9, 1956) is an American politician and educator who is the current mayor of Spokane, Washington. She previously served as the director of the Washington State Department of Commerce. A member of the Democratic Party, Brown has served in both houses of the Washington State Legislature, including eight years as the first Democratic female majority leader of the Washington State Senate. She has also served as the chancellor of Washington State University Spokane, a position she stepped down from in order to mount an unsuccessful campaign for the U.S. House. Born and raised in Illinois, she received her undergraduate education from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Brown spent over three decades in higher education teaching economics at Eastern Washington University and in the organizational leadership program at Gonzaga University. She was appointed the first female Chancellor of Washington State University, Spokane in 2013 and served in that role until 2017. Brown first entered politics in 1992 when she was elected to the Washington State House of Representatives. She was elected to the state senate in 1996 and elected as the first female Democratic Majority Leader of that body in 2005. She returned to politics in 2018, running to represent Washington's 5th congressional district against Republican incumbent Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

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Education5 - 5 of 3
University of Colorado
PhD Economics
University of Colorado
MA Economics
University of Illinois
Past Positions1 - 7 of 7
Majority Leader
Washington State Senate
2005 - 2012
Washington State Senate
1997 - 2012
Democratic Leader
Washington State Senate
Washington State House of Representatives
1993 - 1996
Washington State University Spokane
2013 - Current
Associate Professor
Organizational Leadership, Gonzaga University
2001 - 2012
Associate Professor
Eastern Washington University
1981 - 2001
Other Experience1 - 10 of 10
Board Member
2003 - Current
Board Member
Spokane Neighborhood Action Programs
1998 - 2000
Board Member
United Way
1996 - 1998
National Conference of State Legislatures
Friends of Davenport Hotel
Washington State Investment Board
Friends of the Centennial Trial
Spokane Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Network
Washington Life Sciences Fund Authority
Blue Ribbon Health Care Commission