About Councilman Brown

Charlie Brown,
Council District 6

Charlie worked with the Home Builders Association of Metro Denver and neighborhood activists to develop and distribute a new communications tool, "Obey the Rules," a poster for work sites aimed at reducing conflicts among residents and contractors during the construction process. The Councilman is also a strong voice for private property rights, and in an effort to reduce non-consensual down zonings, introduced and passed legislation that would require any application for rezoning to have the support of 51 percent of property owners before it is submitted to Community Planning and Development; a Rocky Mountain News editorial called his ordinance “A positive reform that would make the rezoning process less testy and abusive.” He was the key sponsor of the city's new medical marijuana ordinance that regulates this new form of controversial commerce. The ordinance was approved by Council 13-0 on January 11, 2010. The bill attracted one of the largest audiences for a public hearing in the history of the council. He currently chairs the Council’s Medical Marijuana Committee and is a member of the Government Affairs & Finance Committee and the Business, Workforce, & Sustainability Committee.

Charlie prefers boots, bolos and a cowboy hat to a three-piece suit. That open, approachable attitude is reflected in everything he does including the “Howdy” rope sign on his district office front door. His office décor reflects his love for the Rocky Mountains and includes a buffalo skull, branded cow hide, an antique elk antler coffee table from Yellowstone National Park and numerous Western paintings and artifacts. He was born six minutes before his twin brother, Eugene, who is now a City Councilman in their hometown of Durham, NC. After high school he spent eight summers as a guide and naturalist on the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. (See Councilman Brown's story in Colorado Expressions Magazine for his experience in Jackson Hole) He attended the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) but his love for the West ruled and he transferred to the University of Wyoming where he earned a BA in Political Science.

The media has also been drawn to Charlie for his candid insights. He has appeared on local and national broadcast news shows, including The O’Reilly Factor, ABC’s World News Sunday, CNN, Fox News, NBC Nightly News and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He has been quoted in newspapers including The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and The Chicago Sun Times. He has also been featured in the DU magazine.
His diverse background includes serving as a Colorado State Representative, president of an award-winning public relations firm, chief lobbyist for a statewide medical society, assistant public affairs director for an international trade union, a teacher at the secondary and college levels, and Realtor.

Charlie has been married for 28 years to Suzanne, lifestyle editor at The Denver Post. They have two sons, Cody, a Catherine B. Reynolds Program for Social Entrepreneurship Scholar, who graduated in May, 2010 from New York University (NYU) and Nick, a junior, at the University of Southern California (USC). In his spare time, Charlie enjoys gardening, collecting cowboy antiques, Western art and fly fishing.

Council Committee Meetings

Denver City Council members serve on several different committees, each concerned with various areas of City government. Committees meet regularly to discuss and prepare proposed laws. For the latest information about Denver City Council committee meetings, full council meetings, and agendas, visit the Denver City Council Meetings page.

Councilman Charlie Brown serves on the following committees:

Meeting Times

Meets Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Areas of Responsibility and Oversight

  • City budget, bonding, purchasing and other financial policies and decisions
  • State and federal legislation and lobbying
  • Denver elections and ballot measures
  • City personnel policies
  • City internal organization and operations
  • Relations w/ other local governments

Meeting Times

Meets Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Areas of Responsibility and Oversight

  • Zoning and other land-use decisions and planning
  • Public buildings, parks, and transportation planning, programs, and policy
  • Streets, utilities, and other physical infrastructure

  • National Western Stock Show Committee

    Meeting Times

    The committee meets the 3rd Monday of every month.

    Areas of Responsibility and Oversight

    The committee will address issues associated with the National Western Stock Show.

  • Amendment 64

    Meeting Times

    Meets the 2nd Monday of each month at 3:30 P.M. in Room 391 of the City & County Building (1437 Bannock Street Denver, CO 80202).

    Areas of Responsibility and Oversight

    The committee will discuss issues related to the implementation of Amendment 64 passed by the voters in the November 2012 election regarding recreational use and retail of Marijuana.

Learn more about other council committees.
More than 20 years of experience as: 
  • President of an award-winning public relations firm
  • Colorado state representative
  • Chief lobbyist for a statewide associationA
  • ccount executive for one of the world’s largest public relations firms
  • Assistant director of public affairs for an international trade union
  • Teacher at the secondary and university levels.

  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • University of Wyoming, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
National and regional awards from:
  • American Advertising Federation
  • American Association of Museums
  • Denver Advertising Federation
  • International Association of Business Communications
  • NC Museum Council
  • Public Relations Society of America

Legislative awards:

  • Colorado Medical Society
  • Colorado Wildlife Association
  • Colorado Subcontractor Association
  • Buffalo Bill Historical Center (Cody, WY)
  • Denver Art Museum
  • Denver Botanic Gardens
  • Paragon Foundation, Inc.
  • Trout Unlimited – Wild Trout Chapter

Alumni Associations:
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Wyoming