Will serve as Majority Whip for 2011-12 Legislative Session
State Senator Pat Browne, R-16, today (January 4) took the oath of office in the State Capitol, beginning his second full term in the Senate. Senator Browne was re-elected by voters in November and was also elected by colleagues to a senior Senate leadership position for the 2011-12 legislative session.
As the Senate Majority Whip, Senator Browne’s duties include acting as assistant floor leader, working to gain support for legislation and assuring that Republican policies and strategies are maintained through the cooperative efforts of the majority caucus.
“It has been a privilege serving the citizens of the 16th District and I look forward to working hard for them for another four years,” Senator Browne said. “I sincerely appreciate the support of my colleagues and look forward to working with the Senate leadership team to promote a legislative agenda that supports Pennsylvania’s working families and businesses, and promotes real economic development and job creation.”
Senator Browne and all of the members elected last November received the oath of office today in the Senate Chamber. Senator Browne’s family and staff accompanied him at the ceremony.
“With new leadership in the House of Representatives and a new Governor, we should see substantial changes in Pennsylvania and greater restraint in state spending,” Senator Browne said. “I believe Pennsylvania will move in a new direction – one that directs the Commonwealth’s efforts and resources toward enhancing the quality of life for all Pennsylvanians now and into the future.”
Senator Browne won a special election in May of 2005 and was re-elected to his first full term in November of 2006 as the Senator of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s 16th District, serving constituents in portions of Lehigh, Northampton and Monroe counties. Prior to winning his Senate seat, Senator Browne was a member of the state House of Representatives in the 131st District for 10 years.
He is the author of several state laws and drafted key portions of Act 120 of 2010 which fundamentally reformed Pennsylvania’s public pension systems and created an Independent Fiscal Office to monitor state spending and the budget process.
Senator Browne received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame and a law degree from Temple University. Prior to his legislative service, he was employed with the accounting firms of Coopers & Lybrand and Price Waterhouse as a tax manager and senior tax associate, respectively. In addition to being a CPA, he is also a member of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Born and raised in Allentown, Senator Browne attended Allentown Central Catholic High School. He resides in Allentown with his wife, Heather, and son, Alex.