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OTHA N. Brown, JR.

State Representative, 14th District, House of Representatives, Connecticut

Mr. Brown, initially elected to the General Assembly in 1966, holds a number of "firsts." He was the only Black state representative from a predominately white district, the only Norwalk Democrat holding state elected office, and the only chairman of a standing legislative committee from lower Fairfield County. He formerly was a majority leader of the Norwalk city council, in which he served for six years. Born in Arkansas, he came to Connecticut after service in the Army as a psychological warfare officer and is now an Army Reserve captain. He holds a B.A. degre in history from Central Ohio State University and attended law school at Ohio State University. In addition, he earned a master's degree in education from The University of Connecticut and has done advanced graduate work toward the Ph.D. degree at New York University. A former teacher in Stratford and Stamford, he presently is a high school counselor in Stamford and the recipient of many awards, including that of "Outstanding Young Man of the Year in Connecticut" and "Young Man of the Year in Norwalk" awards, presented by the Connecticut State and Norwalk Junior Chambers of Commerce, respectively, in 1967. He is also listed in "Negroes in Public Affairs" and "Who's Who in American Politics."
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