South Carolina Legislature
South Carolina Legislature

Former Representative Joe Ellis Brown

Home County: RICHLAND

House District 73 - Richland

Personal Information

  • Residing at 1605 Frye Rd., Columbia
  • Born May 24, 1933 in Anderson Co.
  • Son of Prue Ellis and Elouise Grant-Brown
  • Graduated from Allen Univ., B.S., 1956
  • S.C. State Univ., M.S., 1961
  • Post-graduate work, Univ. of S.C., 1977-83
  • Mar. 11, 1956 Married to Dorothy Henderson, 4 children, Angela Gay, L'Tanya Gabriel, and the late Kathy Ann and Joe Ellis Brown, Jr.
  • Past Pres.: Richland Co., S.C. Educ. Assn., Richland Co. Comm. Center, Inc.
  • Com. Chm., Richland Co. Assn. of School Admin.
  • Member of S.C. & Natl. Assns. Secondary School Principals, SCEA-R, NEA-R, RCEA-R
  • Past mem., Bd., Greater Cola. Comm. Relations Council & Area IV Manpower Planning Council
  • Richland Co. Bd. of Assessment Control
  • Com. for the Incorporation of the Hopkins Comm.
  • Gov.'s Beautification Com.
  • Richland Co. Comm. Dev. Citizens' Adv. Council
  • Phi Delta Kappa Frat.
  • Natl. Beta Club
  • Alpha Phi Alpha Frat.
  • Townsmen Club
  • Past Exalted Ruler, Leading Knight, Palmetto Elk's Lodge No. 342
  • Distinguished Alumnus, Allen Univ., 1988
  • Eau Claire Rotary Club
  • Deacon & Church Auditor, St. John Baptist Church
  • Omicron Phi Chap., Omega Psi Phi Frat. Citizen of the Year, 1989
  • Past Pres., ACTS, Riverside High School Natl. Alumni Assn., 1991-95
  • Past Chm., Legis. Black Caucus, 1992-94
  • Chm., Med., Mil., Public & Municipal Affairs Com.
  • S.C. Pharmaceutical Assn. Distinguished Serv. Award, 1994
  • Legislator of the Year, S.C. Home Care Assn., 1997
  • S.C. State Troopers Coalition Legislator of the Year, 1997
  • Clemson Univ., Operation 4H Pride, Man of the Year, 1997-98
  • Town of Mayesville First Annual Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune's Festival, Keynote Speaker, 1998
  • Legislator of the Year, U.S. Youth Games, 1998-99
  • Seven Day Adventist Church Comm. Serv. Humanitarian Award, 1998
  • Clara Mohammed School Political Action Award, 1999
  • Legislator of the Year, S.C. Assn. of Nurse Anesthetists, 2000
  • Recipient of NAFEO (Natl. Assn. for Equal Opportunity in Higher Educ.) Distinguished Alumni Citation of the Year Award, Allen Univ., 2001
  • Recipient of Hon. Ph.D. of Arts and Humanities, Allen Univ., 2001
  • Chm., Human Servs. and Public Safety Com., Southern Legis. Conf., 2001
  • Exec. Com., Southern Legis. Conf., 2001
  • Longest ever serving Black Legislator in S.C. House of Representatives
  • Prev. serv. in House Mar. 11, 1986-05.

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