Ron Brown

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Ron Brown
30th United States Secretary of Commerce
In office
January 22, 1993 – April 3, 1996
PresidentBill Clinton
Preceded byBarbara Franklin
Succeeded byMickey Kantor
Chair of the Democratic National Committee
In office
February 11, 1989 – January 21, 1993
Preceded byPaul G. Kirk
Succeeded byDavid Wilhelm
Personal details
Ronald Harmon Brown

(1941-08-01)August 1, 1941
Washington, D.C., U.S.
DiedApril 3, 1996(1996-04-03) (aged 54)
near Dubrovnik, Croatia
Resting placeArlington National Cemetery
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Alma Arrington
Children2, including Michael
EducationMiddlebury College (BA)
St. John's University, New York (JD)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service1962–1967
Rank Captain
Battles/warsVietnam War

Ronald Harmon Brown (August 1, 1941 – April 3, 1996) was an American politician. He was the United States Secretary of Commerce during the first term of President Bill Clinton from 1993 until his death in 1996. Before, he was chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) from 1989 to 1993. He was the first African American to be both Secretary of Commerce and DNC Chair.

Brown was killed in a plane crash on April 3, 1996 near Dubrovnik, Croatia at the age of 54.[1] At the time of his death, he was being investigated for corruption.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Ron Brown dies in plane crash, April 3, 1996". Politico. Retrieved August 19, 2022.
  2. Frieden, Terry, "Independent Counsel: No Conclusions On Brown Probe",, November 14, 1996