Sen. Sherrod Brown to be commencement speaker at Ohio Northern University’s 2011 undergraduate commencement ceremony
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, will deliver the commencement address at Ohio Northern University’s 2011 undergraduate commencement ceremony in the ONU Sports Center on Sunday, May 22.
Since January 2007, Brown, a leading Senate advocate for the middle-class, has held more than 170 community roundtables across Ohio’s 88 counties with local leaders and business owners, entrepreneurs and educators, and workers and families to find ways to rebuild the economy.
Recently described as “Congress’ leading proponent of American manufacturing,” Brown is working with the Obama administration on the creation of a national manufacturing policy that would invest in manufacturing innovation, strengthen the component supply chain, connect workers with emerging industries, and ensure that trade policies reflect national interests. He also works with Ohio’s universities, entrepreneurs and community leaders to utilize Ohio’s natural resources and create new jobs in new industries. During an October 2010 visit to ONU’s newly constructed wind turbine site, Brown saw first-hand how Ohio is becoming a national leader in clean energy innovation and manufacturing.
Believing that the nation’s higher education system is critical to national economic competitiveness, Brown has convened a one-of-its-kind Ohio College Presidents Conference in Washington, D.C., for the past four years. More than 50 presidents from Ohio’s large and small, four- and two-year colleges and universities have worked together to expand higher education access and affordability, support opportunities for research and innovation, and connect higher education with high schools and workforce needs.
Brown is just the sixth Ohio senator in history to sit on the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, where he will ensure that Ohio receives its fair share of federal resources and investments. He also sits on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, the Senate Agriculture Committee, and the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, where he played an instrumental role in passing historic Wall Street reform legislation.
Prior to serving in the United States Senate, Brown served seven terms as a United States congressman for the 13th District and two terms as Ohio’s secretary of state. He is married to Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Connie Shultz. They reside in Avon, Ohio, and have three daughters, a son, and a grandson, all who make Ohio their home.