Bob Mercer is right. Corey Brown is one of the legislature’s best and brightest. I had the opportunity to meet him during his first term. He’s certainly low key but genuine and that only makes him more appealing to those who know him best.
Deft is one of the words that enter the conversation when people talk about Corey Brown as a legislator. He has sort of come from out of the blue.
His post-high school education includes a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame in government and international relations and a master’s degree in international relations from the University of South Dakota. He spent more than 10 years as an officer and aviator in the U.S. Navy.
Most recently, he moved with his family back to Potter County,
where he is director for the Gettysburg-Whitlock Bay development corporation.
He was elected to the Senate in 2008. People meeting him
for the first time frequently marveled that he seemed like someone capable of going places politically.
He?s anything but a showman. Yet he gets big things done. He is quick to spread the credit, but his work for months behind the scenes brought together a comprehensive solution this legislative session to South Dakota?s variety of challenges ? aka infighting ? in 911 emergency communications.
Senate Republican leader Russ Olson joked that a generation of South Dakota families would name children Corey because of the effort he put into the 911 legislation.
The Senate is a good place this session, although something could blow up in this next, final week. Senators work together and recognize their talents. At 37, Corey Brown clearly is someone to watch as a current, and future, leader in South Dakota.
Together with district house members, Assistant Majority Leader Justin Cronin and Whip Charlie Hoffman, rural district 23 is blessed with strong leadership.