PADMA LAKSHMI – LADY RUSHDIE

Padma Parvati Lakshmi, Lady Rushdie (born September 1, 1970 in Chennai, India) is an Indian-American cookbook author, actress, and model who has described herself as the first well-known model from India. She has been the host of the reality television program Top Chef since season two and is an ambassador for the United Nations Development Fund for Women.

She was born into a Tamil Brahmin family in 1970 and raised in Madras, India and the United States. Her first name means “lotus” in Sanskrit, as well as “pearl” or “jewel.” Parvati is a consort of Shiva. Lakshmi is the name of the Hindu goddess of wealth. She attended the Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA and was studying in Spain when she was discovered. Magazines like Vogue, Elle and Glamour had her in their pages and she soon became a famous fashion model. Her career started and since then she modeled for names like Emmanuel Ungaro, Ralph Lauren, Alberta Ferretti and Roberto Cavalli.

Padma Lakshmi made a 2002 guest appearance as alien princess Kaitaama in Precious Cargo, the 37th episode of the popular science fiction TV series Star Trek: Enterprise. She was also hostess of Domenica In, Italy’s top-rated television show. She portrayed Sean Bean’s nemesis in the 2004 -2005 iTV TV series Sharpe’s Challenge. On April 17, 2004 she got married to Salman Rushdie, a novelist. In 2006 Lakshmi appeared in ABC’s TV series The Ten Commandments with Dougray Scott, Naveen Andrews, and Omar Sharif. Padma took over as hostess of the popular TV cooking competition series Top Chef in 2006 during its second season and continues in 2007 in its third season.

Her first cookbook Easy Exotic was awarded Best First Book at the 1999 World Cookbook Awards at Versailles. She was host of the Food Network series, Padma’s Passport, which is part of the larger series Melting Pot. She has also been a guest host on parts of the British culinary tourism show Planet Food, hosting the segments on India and Spain. Her second cookbook Tangy, Tart, Hot and Sweet was released October 2, 2007. The Food Network series, ‘Padma’s Passport’ and ‘Domenica In’ is hosted by her. Some of the movies in which she was seen are “Star Trek: Enterprise”, “Glitter”, “Boom”. She has a film production company and a cinematic partnership with her husband.

FILMOGRAPHY

  • Top Chef (1 episode, 2006)
  • Sharpe’s Challenge (2006) (TV)
  • The Ten Commandments (2006) (TV)
  • The Mistress of Spices (2005)
  • Boom (2003/I)
  • Enterprise (1 episode, 2002)
  • Glitter (2001)
  • Melting Pot (2001) TV Series
  • Caraibi (1999) (mini) TV Series
  • Figlio di Sandokan, Il (1998) (mini) TV Series
  • Linda e il brigadiere (1 episode)

SELF FILMOGRAPHY

  • Last Call with Carson Daly (1 episode, 2007)
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live (1 episode, 2007)
  • Top Chef (1 episode, 2006)
  • The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (1 episode, 2006)
  • The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn (1 episode, 2001)
  • Unzipped (1995) (uncredited)

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ATUL GAWANDE – AMERICAN DOCTOR / WRITER

Atul Gawande (born on November 5, 1965 in Brooklyn, NY) is an American doctor and journalist. He serves as a general and endocrine surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts and associate director of their Center for Surgery and Public Health. He is also an associate professor at the Harvard School of Public Health and an associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School. He has written extensively on medicine and public health for The New Yorker and Slate, pieces which have been collected in his books Complications and Better.

Gawande was born in Brooklyn, New York to Indian Maharashtrian immigrants to the United States, both doctors. The family soon moved to Athens, Ohio, where Gawande and his sister grew up. He obtained an undergraduate degree from Stanford University in 1987, was a Rhodes scholar (earning a P.P.E. degree from Balliol College, Oxford in 1989), and later graduated from Harvard Medical School. He also has a Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health.

As a student Gawande was a volunteer for Gary Hart’s campaign. As a Rhodes Scholar, he spent one year at Oxford University. After graduation, he joined Al Gore’s 1988 presidential campaign. He worked as a health-care researcher for Congressman Jim Cooper (D-TN), who was author of a “managed competition” health care proposal for the Conservative Democratic Forum. After two years he left medical school to become Bill Clinton’s health care lieutenant during the 1992 campaign and became a senior adviser in the Department of Health and Human Services after Clinton’s inauguration. He directed one of the three committees of the Clinton Health Care Task Force, supervising 75 people and defined the benefits packages for Americans and subsidies and requirements for employers. He returned to medical school in 1993 and earned his M.D in 1995.

Soon after he began his residency, his friend Jacob Weisberg, editor of Slate, asked him to contribute to the online magazine. His pieces on the life of a surgical resident caught the eye of the New Yorker which published several pieces by him before making him a staff writer in 1998.A June 2009 New Yorker essay by Gawande, “The Cost Conundrum”, which used as an example the town of McAllen, Texas to argue that unnecessary medical tests and procedures were a primary factor in driving up the cost of health care in the U.S., was cited by President Barack Obama during Obama’s attempt to get health care reform legislation passed by the United States Congress. According to Senator Ron Wyden, the article “affected [Obama’s] thinking dramatically”, and soon after its publication, Obama showed the article to a group of senators including Wyden and said, “This is what we’ve got to fix.” Gawande, in turn, later expressed approval for Obama’s health care proposals on the New Yorker “News Desk” blog. After reading the New Yorker article, Warren Buffett’s long-time business partner Charlie Munger mailed a check to Gawande in the amount of $20,000 as a thank you to Dr. Gawande for providing something so socially useful. Gawande reportedly donated the $20,000 to the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Center for Surgery and Public Health.

In addition to his popular writing, Gawande has published studies on topics including military surgery techniques and error in medicine, included in the New England Journal of Medicine. He is also the director of the World Health Organization’s Global Patient Safety Challenge. His essays have appeared in The Best American Essays 2003, “The Best American Science Writing 2002, and The Best American Science Writing 2009.

Gawande published his first book, Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science, in 2002. It was a National Book Award finalist, and has been published in over one hundred countries. His second book, Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance, was released in April 2007. It discusses three virtues that Gawande considers to be most important for success in medicine: diligence, doing right, and ingenuity. Gawande offers examples in the book of people who have embodied these virtues. The book strives to present multiple sides of contentious medical issues, such as malpractice law in the US, physicians’ role in capital punishment, and treatment variation between hospitals. Gawande released his third book, The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right, in 2009. It discusses the importance of organization and pre-planning (such as through checklists) in both medicine and the larger world. The Checklist Manifesto reached the New York Times Hardcover nonfiction bestseller list in 2010.

In 2006 he was named a MacArthur fellow for his work investigating and articulating modern surgical practices and medical ethics. In the medical field, he is an expert on the removal of cancerous endocrine glands. He was also named one of the 20 Most Influential South Asians by Newsweek in 2004. In the (2010) (Time 100) he was included (fifth place) in Thinkers Category.

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MATT DAMON – THE TOUGHEST ACTOR/PRODUCER/WRITER

Matthew Paige Damon, or better known to fans as Matt Damon was born in Boston Massachusetts, USA to Kent Delfer Damon, a stockbroker, Realtor and tax preparer, and Nancy Carlsson-Paige, an early childhood education professor at Lesley University. Matt has an older brother named Kyle who is now a sculptor. Unfortunately for Matt and his brother, their parents divorced in the year 1973.

The 5’10” star is of English, Finnish and Scottish ancestry. While his parents were still together, their family lived in Newton, before eventually settling for a divorce, where Damon and his brother moved with his mother to Cambridge. He grew up in a stable community back in Massachusetts. Matt also grew up near actor Ben Affleck, when he was younger.

Matt attended Cambridge Ridge and Latin School which is located in Cambridge and he performed in a number of theater productions during his time there. Later on, he was accepted into Harvard University as an English major in the fall of 1988 and was supposed to graduate with the class of 1992. While in Harvard, he kept on skipping classes to pursue acting projects, which included the TNT original film, Rising Sun (1993), and prep-school drama, School Ties (1992). It was until his film, Geronimo: An American Legend (1993), was expected to be a big success that he decided to drop out of university completely.

Arriving in Hollywood, Matt managed to get his first break with a part in the romantic comedy, Mystic Pizza (1988). However, the film did not do too well and his film career failed to take off. Not letting failure discourage him from acting, he went for another audition, and managed to get a starring role in School Ties (1992).

Up next for Matt was a role as a soldier who had problems with drug-addiction in the movie, Courage Under Fire (1996). Matt had, in fact, lost forty pounds for his role which resulted in health problems. The following year, his garnered accolades for Good Will Hunting (1997), a screenplay he had originally written for an English class at Harvard University. Good Will Hunting (1997) was nominated for 9 Academy Awards, one of which, Matt won for Best Original Screenplay along with Ben Affleck.

In the year 1998, Matt played the title role in Steven Spielberg’s film, Saving Private Ryan (1998), which was one of the most acclaimed films in that year. Matt had the opportunity of working with Tom Hanks and Vin Diesel while filming that movie. That same year, he starred as an earnest law student and reformed poker player in Rounders (1998), starring opposite Edward Norton and John Malkovich.

The next year, Matt rejoined his childhood friend, Ben Affleck and fellow comedian, Chris Rock, in the comedy Dogma (1999). Towards the end of 1999, Matt played “Tom Ripley”, a working-class young man who tastes the good life and will do anything to live it. Both Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow also starred in the movie. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) earned mixed reviews from critics, but even so, Matt earned praise for his performance.

Matt lent his voice to the animated movie, Titan A.E. (2000) in the year 2000, which also earned mixed reviews from the public. He also starred in two other movies, All the Pretty Horses (2000) and the golf comedy-drama, The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000), starring alongside Will Smith. In the year 2003, he signed on to star in The Informant! (2009) by Steven Soderbergh and the Farrelly Brothers’ Stuck on You (2003). He also starred in Gerry (2002), a film he co-wrote with his friends, Gus Van Sant and Casey Affleck. One of Matt’s most recognizable work to date is his role in the “Bourne” movie franchise. He plays an amnesiac assassin, “Jason Bourne”, in The Bourne Identity (2002), The Bourne Supremacy (2004) and The Bourne Ultimatum (2007).

Another praised role is that as “Linus Caldwell” in the “Ocean’s” movie franchise. He had the opportunity to star opposite George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts and Don Cheadle in Ocean’s Eleven (2001). The successful crime comedy-drama eventually had two other sequels, Ocean’s Twelve (2004) and Ocean’s Thirteen (2007). Among other highly acclaimed movies that Matt managed to be a part of was in Terry Gilliam’s The Brothers Grimm (2005), George Clooney’s Syriana (2005), Martin Scorsese’s The Departed (2006) and Robert De Niro’s The Good Shepherd (2006).

In his personal life, Matt is now happily married to Argentine-born Luciana Barroso, whom he met in Miami, where she was working as a bartender. They married in a private civil ceremony on December 9, 2005, at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau. The couple have three children Alexia, Luciana’s daughter from a previous relationship, as well as Isabella and Gia Zavala, both Matt’s and Luciana’s child together.

Matt is a big fan of the Boston Red Sox and he tries to attend their games whenever possible. He has also formed great friendships with his Ocean’s co-stars, George Clooney and Brad Pitt, whom he works on charity projects with. He and actor Ben Affleck, together with Ben’s wife, Jennifer Garner, are also good family friends and can be often seen going out together with Matt’s wife, Luciana Barroso.ACTOR

Green Zone (2010)- Miller
The Informant! (2009)- Mark Whitacre
Gake no ue no Ponyo (2009)- Koichi (voice in the English version). The film is also known as ‘Ponyo’ or ‘Ponyo on the Cliff’.
Che: Part Two (2008)- Fr. Schwartz. The film is also known as ‘Guerilla’
Youth Without Youth (2007)- Life Magazine Reporter (uncredited)
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)- Jason Bourne
Ocean’s Thirteen (2007)- Linus Caldwell
The Good Shepherd (2006)- Edward Wilson
The Departed (2006)- Colin Sullivan
Syriana (2005)- Bryan Woodman
Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D (2005)- Al Shepard (voice)
The Brothers Grimm (2005)- Wilhelm Grimm
Ocean’s Twelve (2004)- Linus Caldwell
The Bourne Supremacy (2004)- Jason Bourne
Jersey Girl (2004)- PR Executive #2
EuroTrip (2004)- Donny
Stuck on You (2003)- Bob Tenor
The Bourne Identity (2002)- Jason Bourne
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)- Matt, Batchelor #2
The Third Wheel (2002)- Kevin (uncredited)
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)- Spirit (voice)
Gerry (2002)- Gerry
The Majestic (2002)- Luke Trimble (voice)
Ocean’s Eleven (2001)- Linus Caldwell
All the Pretty Horses (2000)- John Grady Cole
Finding Forrester (2000)- Steven Sanderson
The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)- Rannulph Junuh
Titan A.E (2000)- Cale Tucker (voice)
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)- Tom Ripley
Dogma (1999)- Loki
Rounders (1998)- Mike McDermott
Saving Private Ryan (1998)- Private James Francis Ryan
Good Will Hunting (1997)- Will Hunting
The Rainmaker (1997)- Rudy Baylor. The complete title is ‘John Grisham’s The Rainmaker’.
Chasing Amy (1997)- Shawn Oran
Courage Under Fire (1996)- Ilario
Glory Daze (1995)- Edgar Pudwhacker
Geronimo: An American Legend (1993)- 2nd Lt. Britton Davis
School Ties (1992)- Charlie Dillon
Field of Dreams (1989)- Baseball Fan at Fenway Park (unconfirmed and uncredited)
The Good Mother (1988)- Extra (unconfirmed and uncredited)
Mystic Pizza (1988)- Steamer

WRITER

Gerry (2002)
Good Will Hunting (1997)

PRODUCER

Running the Sahara (2008)- executive producer
Feast (2005)- executive producer
The Battle of Shaker Heights (2003)- executive producer
The Third Wheel (2002)- executive producer
Speakeasy (2002)- executive producer
Stolen Summer (2002)

AWARDS

Matt Damon Awards in 1997

  • Won – National Board of Review, Special Achievement in Filmmaking for Good Will Hunting (1997) shared with Ben Affleck.

Matt Damon Awards in 2010

  • Nominated – Academy Award, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for Invictus (2009).
  • Nominated – Critics Choice Award, Best Supporting Actor for Invictus (2009)
  • Nominated – Golden Globe Award, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for The Informant! (2009).
  • Nominated – Golden Globe Award, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for Invictus (2009).
  • Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role for Invictus (2009).

Matt Damon Awards in 2009

  • Nominated – Chicago Film Critics, Best Actor for The Informant! (2009)
  • Nominated – Satellite Award, Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical for The Informant! (2009).

Matt Damon Awards in 2008

  • Nominated – Empire Award, Best Actor for The Bourne Ultimatum (2007).
  • Nominated – MTV Movie Award, Best Fight for The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), shared with Joey Ansah.
  • Nominated – MTV Movie Award, Best Male Performance for The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
  • Won – People’s Choice Award, Favorite Male Action Star

Matt Damon Awards in 2007

  • Nominated – People’s Choice Award, Favorite Leading Man
  • Nominated – People’s Choice Award, Favorite On-Screen Match-Up for The Departed (2006) with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jack Nicholson.
  • Nominated – Screen Actors Guild, Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for: The Departed (2006).
  • Nominated – Teen Choice Award, Choice Movie Chemistry for Ocean’s Thirteen (2007).

Matt Damon Awards in 2006

  • Won – National Board of Review, Best Ensemble for The Departed (2006).

Matt Damon Awards in 2005

  • Nominated – Critics Choice Award, Best Acting Ensemble for Ocean’s Twelve (2004)
  • Nominated – Emmy Award, Outstanding Reality Program for “Project Greenlight 3” (2005).
  • Won – Empire Award, Best Actor for The Bourne Supremacy (2004).
  • Nominated – MTV Movie Award, Best Male Performance for The Bourne Supremacy (2004).
  • Nominated – People’s Choice Award, Favorite Male Action Movie Star.
  • Won – ShoWest Award, Male Star of the Year.
  • Nominated – Teen Choice Award, Choice Movie Actor: Action/Adventure/Thriller for The Bourne Supremacy (2004).

Matt Damon Awards in 2004

  • Nominated – Emmy Award, Outstanding Reality Program for “Project Greenlight 2” (2003)
  • Nominated – Producers Guild of America, TV Producer of the Year Award in Reality / Game /Informational Series for “Project Greenlight 2” (2003)

Matt Damon Awards in 2003

  • Nominated – DVD Premiere Award, Best Audio Commentary, New Release for: Ocean’s Eleven (2001).
  • Nominated – Kid’s Choice: Blimp Award, Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie for Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)
  • Nominated – Producers Guild of America, TV Producer of the Year Award in Reality / Game /Informational Series for: “Project Greenlight 2” (2001)

Matt Damon Awards in 2002

  • Nominated – Emmy Award, Outstanding Non-Fiction Program (Reality) for “Project Greenlight” (2001)
  • Nominated – MTV Movie Award, Best On-Screen Team for Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

Matt Damon Awards in 2001

  • Nominated – Blockbuster Award, Favorite Actor – Drama/Romance for All the Pretty Horses (2000).

Matt Damon Awards in 2000

  • Nominated – Blockbuster Award, Favorite Actor – Suspense for The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
  • Nominated – Sierra Award, Best Actor for All the Pretty Horses (2000)
  • Nominated – Sierra Award, Best Actor for The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
  • Nominated – MTV Movie Award, Best Musical Performance, The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) shared with Jude Law and Fiorello
  • Nominated – MTV Movie Award, Best Villain for The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
  • Nominated – Teen Choice Award, Choice Film Actor for The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
  • Nominated – Teen Choice Award, Film – Choice Liar for The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

Matt Damon Awards in 1999

  • Won – Blockbuster Award, Favorite Actor – Video, Good Will Hunting (1997)
  • Nominated – London Critics Circle, Actor of the Year for Good Will Hunting (1997)
  • Nominated – London Critics Circle, Screenwriter of the Year Good Will Hunting (1997) shared with Ben Affleck
  • Won – Online Film Critics Society, Best Ensemble Cast Performance for Saving Private Ryan (1998)
  • Nominated – Teen Choice Award, Film – Choice Actor

Matt Damon Awards in 1998

  • Won – Academy Award, Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Good Will Hunting (1997) shared with Ben Affleck
  • Nominated – Academy Award, Best Actor in a Leading Role Good Will Hunting (1997)
  • Won – Silver Berlin Bear Award, Outstanding Single Achievement for Good Will Hunting (1997)
  • Nominated – Blockbuster Award, Favorite Actor – Drama for The Rainmaker (1997)
  • Won – Critics Choice Award, Best Screenplay, Original for Good Will Hunting (1997) shared with Ben Affleck
  • Won – Critics Choice Award, Breakthrough Artist for Good Will Hunting (1997)
  • Won – Chicago Film Critics, Most Promising Actor for Good Will Hunting (1997)
  • Nominated – Chlotrudis Award, Best Screenplay for Good Will Hunting (1997) shared with Ben Affleck
  • Won – Florida Film Critics, Newcomer of the Year for Good Will Hunting (1997) shared with Ben Affleck
  • Won – Golden Globe Award, Best Screenplay – Motion Picture for Good Will Hunting (1997) shared with Ben Affleck
  • Nominated – Golden Globe Award, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for Good Will Hunting (1997)
  • Won – Humanitas Prize, Feature Film Category for Good Will Hunting (1997) shared with Ben Affleck
  • Won – Sierra Award, Most Promising Actor for Good Will Hunting (1997)
  • Nominated – MTV Movie Award, Best Kiss for Good Will Hunting (1997) shared with Minnie Driver
  • Nominated – MTV Movie Award, Best Male Performance for Good Will Hunting (1997)
  • Nominated – MTV Movie Award, Best On-Screen Duo for Good Will Hunting (1997) shared with Ben Affleck
  • Nominated – Online Film Critics Society, Best Screenplay for Good Will Hunting (1997) shared with Ben Affleck
  • Won – Golden Satellite Award, Best Motion Picture Screenplay – Original for Good Will Hunting (1997) shared with Ben Affleck
  • Nominated – Golden Satellite Award, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for Good Will Hunting (1997)
  • Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award, Outstanding Performance by a Cast for Good Will Hunting (1997)
  • Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for Good Will Hunting (1997)
  • Won – ShoWest Award, Male Star of Tomorrow
  • Nominated – Writers Guild of America, Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen for Good Will Hunting (1997) shared with Ben Affleck

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SCOTT BROWN – MASSACHUSETTS STATE SENATOR

State Senator Scott Brown represents the Norfolk, Bristol, and Middlesex District, in the Massachusetts Senate. Senator Brown was elected to the Massachusetts Senate in a special election on March 2, 2004, was re-elected on November 2, 2004, won re-election unopposed on November 7, 2006, and was re-elected on November 4, 2008. This is his third term in the Senate. Previously, Senator Brown served three terms in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from the 9th Norfolk District. Prior to his election to the House in 1998, Brown served as a Wrentham Selectman for three years and before that, as Town Assessor for three years.

Senator Brown is a graduate of Wakefield High School, Tufts University, and Boston College Law School. He is a practicing attorney, and a 29 -year member of the Massachusetts National Guard, where he currently holds the rank of Lt. Colonel in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Brown was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service in homeland security after the attacks of September 11, 2001. Senator Brown is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, Wrentham Lions Club, United Chamber of Commerce, North Attleboro / Plainville Chamber of Commerce, Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the United States Triathlon Federation. He serves as a Board Member of the 495/MetroWest Corridor Partnership Inc. and serves on the Hockomock YMCA Board of Incorporators.

In the legislature, Senator Brown serves on the following committees: Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure; Education; Election Laws; Higher Education; Public Safety and Homeland Security; and Veterans & Federal Affairs. He is a member of the Charles River Caucus, Biotechnology Caucus, Suburban Legislative Caucus, and he is Co-Chairman of the Metco Caucus. He is also a member of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Veterans Services. The National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) recognized Senator Brown as a “Guardian of Small Business” for his work in creating and maintaining jobs in Massachusetts. Senator Brown has also received an “A” rating from the Associated Industries of Massachusetts, both for his efforts in promoting job growth and retaining companies within the commonwealth.

In the Senate, Senator Brown has helped lead the fight against wasteful government spending and raising taxes. He served on the Conference Committee that drafted the 2009 Pension Reform bill which finally curbed pension abuses by elected officials. Senator Brown has consistently advocated for returning more education money and local aid to cities and towns. Senator Brown received the 2004 “Public Servant of the Year” Award from the United Chamber of Commerce, for his leadership in reforming the state’s sex offender laws and protecting the rights of victims. Senator Brown is one of the State’s most outspoken advocates for victims of sexual abuse, and is a tireless supporter of veterans’ causes.

As a member of the Hidden Wounds of War Commission, Brown traveled the Commonwealth to research how State government can do a more thorough job of preventing veterans from falling through the cracks and not receiving the mental health services that they may require.

In 2007, Senator Brown wrote the first-in the-nation law that sets up a check off box on State income tax forms to indicate if the filer is a veteran of the conflicts in Iraq or Afghanistan. This information was necessary to locate returning veterans so that they can be notified of the benefits and services to which they are entitled. Brown formed a broad bi-partisan coalition of 87 other legislators and passed this legislation which the Governor signed in only a week. The check-off box was included in the 2007 forms which were submitted in April 2008. Because of this information and its subsequent outreach efforts, the number of veterans that have taken advantage of the “Welcome Home” bonus has increased dramatically.

Senator Brown has been recognized for his efforts in providing mental health counseling services to area schools after a series of teen suicides by Community V.O.I.C.E.S. (Voices of Involved Citizens Encouraging Safety) for his work protecting citizens from sex offenders and the Horace Mann Educational Association for his work in helping those with developmental disabilities. He and his wife, Gail, live in Wrentham. They have two daughters, Ayla, a student at Boston College, and Arianna, a student at Syracuse University.

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