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The Sixth District includes the bulk of Johnson County’s unincorporated areas that stretch to the southern and western county lines. It is an area marked by the traditions and hallmarks of original small towns. Approximately 40 percent of the county’s 477 square miles remains unincorporated, even though Johnson County’s population has passed the half-million mark. In addition to the rural area, the Sixth District includes the communities of Gardner, De Soto, and Edgerton, along with the western portions of the city of Olathe. The district also includes the townships of Gardner, Lexington, McCamish and Olathe.
Michael “Mike” Brown is a lifelong Kansan in a family tree with eight generations of Kansans. He has been a tireless public servant for more than two decades and now proudly serves the western half and southwest corner of Johnson County.
He assumed the duties of representing the 6th District on Jan. 9, 2017. His term ends in January 2021. Brown’s district includes the cities of Gardner, Edgerton, De Soto and western Olathe, along with the Olathe, Gardner, Lexington and McCamish townships.
Originally from Wyandotte County, Commissioner Brown and his parents, Gideon Brown and Sherry Keltner, moved to Shawnee where he graduated from Shawnee Mission Northwest High School in 1987. He then attended Johnson County Community College and Kansas State University.
Brown is general managing partner of Brown Midwest — a residential development, construction and real estate business founded in 1996.
In addition to his professional career, Commissioner Brown has served as a member of Johnson County’s Park & Recreation board, chairman of the reappraisal advisory committee, and member of the courthouse advisory panel, Vision 2030 committee, Heritage Trust Fund and Class-B contractor (commercial and residential) for Johnson County Contractor Licensing.
His core competencies include:
- Business and personnel management
- Strategic and critical thinking
- Interpersonal relationship building
- Political relationship-building and negotiations
- Situational awareness and management
- Organizational skills
- Construction management
Throughout his professional involvement, Commissioner Brown has demonstrated a genuine commitment to public service through volunteer advocacy for the Homebuilder’s Association of Greater Kansas City (KCHBA), an organization he has been involved with since 1996. Brown was elected to the Builder’s Hall of Fame of the KCHBA in 2012 and received 13 “Parade of Homes” honors in nine years. He served as a board member on the National Association of Homebuilders for 11 years.
Brown has served on the Kansas Workforce Development Board (KansasWorks), Kansas City Area Development Council and advisory board for First National Bank of Johnson County.
Commissioner Brown hopes the traits, insights and experiences gained in his years as a businessman and in community service have afforded him a greater understanding of the issues important to his constituents in the 6th District and residents of Johnson County.
He has made fiscal accountability a personal priority as he works to ensure the delivery of quality services and essential programs of Johnson County Government, including public safety in all communities and for all residents.
He and his wife, Kristi, have five children. The family lives in Olathe.