Above...Corrine Brown an American politician.
Born in Jacksonville, Florida, Brown attended Florida A&M University, from which she received a bachelor's degree in sociology. She also earned a master's degree in education from the University of Florida, where she was also awarded an educational specialist degree. She received a Honorary Doctor of Law degree from Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, and has been on the faculty at the latter two schools and at Florida Community College at Jacksonville. She served in the Florida House of Representatives for ten years before entering government at the national level, and she is currently a member of the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Progressive Caucus. In college she became a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, one of four African American Greek letter sororities in the United States.
Brown was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1982. She served five terms, gaining wide recognition in the Jacksonville area, and served as a delegate to the 1988 Democratic National Convention. After the 1990 census, the Florida legislature carved out a new Third Congressional District in the northern part of the state. This district was designed to enclose an African-American majority within its boundaries. A horseshoe-shaped district touching on largely African-American neighborhoods in Jacksonville, Gainesville, Orlando, and Ocala, the Third District seemed likely to send Florida's first African-American to Congress since Reconstruction, and Brown decided to run.
Brown faced several candidates in the 1992 Democratic primary, but the strongest opponent to emerge was Andy Johnson, a white talk radio host from Jacksonville. Brown defeated Johnson in the primary and in a two-candidate runoff, and went on to win the general election in November 1992. In 1995, the boundaries of the Third District were struck down by the Supreme Court due to their irregular shape. One of the main instigators of the lawsuit that led to the redistricting was Brown's old political rival, Andy Johnson. Brown railed against the change, complaining that "[t]he Bubba I beat [Johnson] couldn't win at the ballot box [so] he took it to court," as she was quoted as saying in the New Republic. Brown won in her new white majority district in 1996.[dead link]
Brown has enjoyed some of her strongest support from religious leaders. She also receives PAC money from organized labor and the sugar industry.
 Political activity
In her previous (2003–2005) term, Brown cosponsored legislation regarding civil rights and foreign relations. She has also participated in Michael Moore's "Slacker" college voter drive tour.
On the first day of early voting for the 2004 General Election, Brown, with several supporters, stood on the steps of the entrance of the Duval County Supervisor of Elections headquarters, an early voting site, and began passing out a "pseudo-ballot," directing people to vote for only Democratic candidates and Florida amendments that should pass. It was not until noon that Brown and her supporters moved to the mandatory fifty feet away from the entrance. Brown claimed her intention had been to increase awareness of early voting, and that she had not knowingly violated the fifty feet rule.
In July 2004 Brown was censured by the House of Representatives after she referred to the disputed 2000 presidential election in Florida as a "coup d'état". This comment came during floor debate over HR-4818, which would have provided for international monitoring of the 2004 U.S. presidential election.
Brown was one of the 31 representatives who voted against counting the electoral votes from Ohio in the United States presidential election, 2004. In 2006, she voted "no" on the Child Custody Protection Act, Public Expression of Religion Act, Electronic Surveillance Modernization Act, Military Commissions Act, and Private Property Rights Implementation Act of 2006. She voted "yes" on the SAFE Port Act. On September 29, 2008, Brown voted for the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008.
* Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
o Subcommittee on Aviation
o Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation
o Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials (Chairwoman)
o Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment
* Committee on Veterans' Affairs
o Subcommittee on Health