Scott Philip Brown (born September 12, 1959) is an American attorney and politician serving as the United States Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa.
He is a former United States Senator for Massachusetts (2010–2013), and also was the 2014 Republican nominee for the U.S.
Senate in New Hampshire.
Prior to his Senate tenure, Brown served as a member of the Massachusetts General Court, first in the State House of Representatives (1998–2004) and then in the State Senate (2004–2010).
In 2010, Brown faced Democratic candidate Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley in a special election which occurred after the 2009 death of longtime Senator Ted Kennedy.
While initially trailing Coakley by a large margin, Brown saw a sudden late surge and posted a come-from-behind win to become the first Republican elected to the U.S.
Senate from Massachusetts since Edward Brooke in 1972.
Brown ran for a full Senate term in 2012, but lost to Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren.
He subsequently joined the board of directors of Kadant paper company, joined Fox News as a commentator, and joined Nixon Peabody where he provided legal services.After re-establishing residence in New Hampshire, Brown then campaigned for the U.S.
Senate from New Hampshire in the 2014 elections.
Brown won the Republican nomination by a significant margin, but was defeated by incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen in the general election.On April 20, 2017, it was reported that Brown had been nominated by President Donald Trump to be the next United States Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa.
He was confirmed by the Senate as Ambassador to New Zealand on June 8, 2017 and arrived in New Zealand on June 25.
In December 2020, Brown will serve as Dean of New England Law Boston, a private law school located in downtown Boston – neighboring the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Financial District, State House, Government Center, and numerous state and federal courts, government agencies, and law firms – once his commitment to the State Department ends.