Senator Pat Browne was first elected to the state Senate in a Special Election in April of 2005 and was re-elected in 2006, 2010 and 2014 to represent constituents in the 16th Senatorial District. Before being elected to the Senate, Senator Browne represented constituents of the 131st District in the House of Representatives for 10 years and was the first Republican elected to that district.
Senator Browne serves as part of the Senate Leadership team as Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, being elected by his Senate Republican Colleagues for the 2015-16 Legislative Session. He had previously served in leadership as Senate Majority Whip during the 2011-12 and 2013-14 Legislative Sessions. Before that, he served as Caucus Administrator, appointed to the position by Senate President Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati.
Besides Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Browne is a member of three other committees: Education, Finance and Transportation. He is also Co-Chair of both the Arts and Culture Caucus and the Early Childhood Education Caucus.
Senator Browne previously served as Co-Chair of both the Basic Education Funding Commission, which was tasked with finding an adequate and fair formula for funding public education, and the Special Education Funding Commission, which developed a new formula for distributing special education funding by taking into account the actual number of students needing specialized education services and by basing the amount of funding for those students on the degree to which they need those services.
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.