Once a long-shot for the Senate seat left vacant after Sen. Edward Kennedy died last August, state senator Scott Brown defeated state attorney general Martha Coakley on Tuesday, becoming the first Republican Senator-Elect from this traditionally blue state in 30 years.
Here’s what you might not know about the new guy to DC
1. Brown, 50, is a lawyer – and former actor/model. The now-famous (discreetly) nude shoot he did in 1982 for Cosmopolitan magazine was, he has said, done to help pay for law school.
2. He’s a triathlete who rises daily at 5 a.m. to train – and multitask. “If I’m riding my [stationary] bike, I’m reading a newspaper or watching the news,” he recently told the Boston Globe.
3. Brown is also a lieutenant colonel with the Massachusetts National Guard. Though he has served for 30 years, he has never deployed to a combat zone.
4.His wife of 23 years, Gail Huff, is a local TV news celeb. She’s a veteran reporter for ABC affiliate WCVB-TV. They have two daughters in college, Arianna, 19, and Ayla, 21.
5. Daughter Ayla competed on the fifth season of American Idol in 2006, and was cut just before the final 12. Now at Boston College – where the 6-foot-tall senior is a varsity basketball player, just as her dad had been at Tufts – she s also still singing. Her second CD, Circles, is due out in spring. Plus, she’s single and “available” as her elated father noted publicly in his acceptance speech. Seeing her mortified reaction, he added, “I can see I’m going to get in trouble when I get home.”