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Re-Elect Ray Browne
Democratic Candidate for U.S. Representative
First Term Successes
"Ray Browne has taken the job to new heights."
-The Honorable William Lightfoot, former D.C. Councilmember
- In a Nationwide outreach program Ray Browne secured
resolutions of support for full voting representation from the city
councils of Philadelphia, Chicago, Baltimore, Cleveland, Los Angeles,
and San Francisco, the mayors of Atlanta, Detroit and New Orleans, and
the Illinois state legislature - all of which Rep. Browne recently
presented to the U.S. House of Representatives' Government Reform
- Rep. Browne works with leaders of other parties, non-partisan
groups like the League of Women Voters, labor groups, the faith
community, elected officials nationwide and the citizens of every one
of the city's Wards as a consistent and vigorous voice for full voting
representation for all of D.C.'s citizens.
- Launched a new program designed to obtain support from the
governors of all fifty states -- an ambitious effort undertaken with
the support of Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, Mayor Anthony Williams
and Council Chair Linda Cropp.
- Supported legislation before the D.C. City Council to create
a locally-elected district attorney's office and institute local
selection of our judges. Also supported the budget autonomy bill,
designed to free the District from congressional interference in our
A Background of Service
"Ray Browne knows and cares about every section of
our city. [His] stellar record of public service has uniquely qualified
him to be an outstanding U.S. Representative."
-Sam Bost, President, Far Northeast-Southeast Council
- Rep. Browne is a District of Columbia native who grew up in
the Trinidad section of the city, attended Wheatley Elementary School
and now lives with his wife Barbara and their daughter in Northwest.
- Built one of the city's most respected insurance companies,
The Browne Company, over the last 20 years and was past president of
the Greater Washington Chapter of Charter Life Underwriters.
- Served as a Georgetown ANC Commissioner, secretary of the
Neighborhood Planning Council, Mediator for the Washington Superior
Court and leader in the Democratic Party.
- Fought for the right of GU students to vote and elect one of
their own to the ANC, successfully restored a summer detail of police
to Georgetown on weekend evenings and helped establish a police
substation in the community.
- Worked hard against strong opposition to turn the Hurt Home
on R Street into a residential treatment facility for emotionally
disturbed youth. Today, the Hurt Home is a success -- an accepted part
of the Georgetown community and a living testament to Rep. Browne's
proven commitment to the city. He continues to work with youth as a
cross-country and track coach.
- Advanced programs to aid substance abusers as a member of the
D.C. Mayor's Commission on Alcoholism and Blue Ribbon Drug Strategy
Team and led a fight for mandated alcohol, drug and mental health
benefits for the residents of the District.
What Others Say About Representative Ray Browne
"Ray Browne deserves enormous credit for making lemonade out of
lemons ...Because Rep. Browne has preferred not to profile himself but to
amass a record of achievement, his work is mostly unknown and therefore
unappreciated by the public."
Democratic Candidate for Re-Election:
The Honorable Eleanor Holmes Norton, Delegate U.S. House of
"Ray Browne by virtue of his excellent record of achievement as
our U.S. Representative (Shadow) should be reelected."
The Honorable Harold Brazil, DC Councilmember (D-At Large)
"Ray Browne has worked long and hard as DC's U.S. Shadow
Representative. As promised in his last campaign, Ray has initiated a
national outreach program designed to gain support for voting
representation in Congress for our citizens. Ray has done an outstanding
job in this capacity.
The Honorable David Catania, DC City Councilmember (R-At Large)
"Ray Browne is a real DC guy who is respected throughout our city.
I support Ray's candidacy wholeheartedly. He has taken the issue and his
office to a new level.
The Honorable Kevin Chavous, DC Councilmember (D-Ward 7)
"Ray Browne should be re-elected as the U.S. Representative
(Shadow) for the District of Columbia. His record of successfully securing
support from City Councils and Legislatures across the country for
District voting rights has been a most important contribution to our
The Honorable Jack Evans, DC Councilmember (D-Ward 2)
"Because of my ongoing commitment to full voting representation in
the U.S. House and Senate, I am endorsing Ray Browne for re-election... he
has kept his pledge to improve outreach to national and state
The Honorable Adrian Fenty, DC City Councilmember (D-Ward 4)
"The cause of voting representation for DC citizens in the U.S.
Congress has had no greater advocate than Ray Browne and he deserves to be
re-elected as the District's Shadow Representative."
The Honorable Jim Graham, DC Councilmember (D-Ward 1)
"I am impressed with your relentless and tireless efforts to
obtain statements of support from other jurisdictions...I'm happy to do
whatever I can to support your efforts, including endorsing your candidacy
The Honorable Phil Mendelson, DC City Councilmember (D-At Large)
"Ray Browne is a steadfast advocate of voting rights for citizens
of our city. Re-electing him as U.S. Representative (Shadow) will assure
that work on this important task continues.
The Honorable Kathy Patterson, DC City Councilmember (D-Ward 3)
"I found (Ray Browne) to be forthright, straightforward, and
intelligent. He seeks good advice, and armed with his hometown opinions he
has been able to persuade many people to board his express train to the
The Honorable Florence H. Pendleton, United States Senator, District of
"Browne has likely been the most active `Shadow' since the first
election for the position in 1990."
Sewell Chan, The Washington Post
"You have become an indispensable champion in the fight for
justice in the District and it has been a privilege to work with you.
Thorn Pozen, Chairman, Ward 3 Democrats
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Eight Democrats, Gertrude Stein Democratic Club Current Newspapers,
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