"In today's world, extensively drug-resistant TB poses a grave public health threat never more than a plane ride away." - Senator Brown
Elected to the Senate in 2006, Senator Sherrod Brown has fortified his reputation upon his propensity for forward-thinking and a willingness to garner bipartisan support for even the most challenging issues facing the United States. Among the issues he champions in Congress, Senator Brown has been a sentinel supporter in the fight against tuberculosis by raising political awareness of the far-reaching effects of tuberculosis and the immediate repercussions for the health of all countries, including the United States.
In particular, Senator Brown realizes the immediacy of recent outbreaks of MDR-TB and XDR-TB and senses that we are at a crossroads for tuberculosis control. As such, he introduced the first piece of TB legislation in the U.S. Congress and has subsequently sought to strengthen the Centers for Disease Control so that the United States can assemble a more appropriate response to global threats like tuberculosis.
His efforts to protect the United States from emerging infectious disease threats earned Senator Brown the National Public Health Legislator of the Year Award from the American Public Health Association in 2003. Most recently, Senator Brown called on U.S. representatives to the G8 to do more to halt and reverse the spread of tuberculosis, one move among many that has helped raise awareness and increase political will to change the course of tuberculosis globally.