Larry Brown has spent 24 years in local politics, first as a Las Vegas City Councilman (1997-2008) and then as a Clark County Commissioner (2009-2020). However, it was professional baseball that originally brought him to Las Vegas and his love of sports that has left its mark on our community.
He was born and raised in Boston. In high school he was Class President, a member of the National Honor Society and a three sport all-state athlete, which led to his acceptance into Harvard University. At Harvard, Brown earned a bachelor's degree in Government and in 1999 was inducted into the Harvard Athletic Hall of Fame for his collegiate accomplishments in football and baseball.
After graduation, Brown signed a professional baseball contract and played six seasons of Minor League Baseball, which eventually brought him to Las Vegas. He pitched his final two years with the Las Vegas Stars (1983-1984). Although his playing days were over, Brown’s impact on the Southern Nevada community was just beginning.
As his children began to play youth sports, he was struck by the extreme lack of parks and open space for kids to enjoy. That was the trigger for Brown to run for City Council, figuring politics was the fastest way to get things done. Once elected, he focused his efforts on Parks and open space. Brown is credited with changing the paradigm of sports facilities in Southern Nevada. His vision was to move away from scattered athletic fields and create major regional facilities.
Bettye Wilson Soccer Complex (10 fields), Kellogg-Zaher Sports Park (11 fields), Darling Tennis Center (23 courts), Majestic Softball Fields (12 fields), Mountain Ridge Little League Park and Doc Romeo Little League Park are just a sampling of the more than two dozen parks that Brown was directly involved in creating. These facilities not only serve our local players and residents, but annually host tournaments drawing national and international players.
Brown has served as Chairman of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Chairman of the Las Vegas Organizing Committee (NFL Draft), Chairman of the Regional Transportation Commission and was a member of Las Vegas Events. Additionally, he served on a variety of civic and charitable boards. Brown has enjoyed a front row seat in witnessing the explosion of professional sports in Southern Nevada.
Brown and his wife Celeste have three children, Larry, Johnna and Shannon.
Born: June 23, 1957
Claim to Fame: Following a six-year minor league career as a pitcher, Brown has become a dedicated public servant and is credited with changing the way sports facilities are designed in Southern Nevada.