Bob Brown was first elected to the Legislature in 1970. He served two terms in the House and was elected to the Senate in 1974.
He spent the next 22 years in the Senate and was president in the 1995 session, his last before term limits prevented him from running again.
He was elected secretary of state in 2000 with 51 percent of the vote in a four-way race.
Brown began his campaign for governor in July 2003 and faced three opponents for the GOP nomination. He won with 39 percent of the vote, a 16-point margin over the second-place finisher.