Patrick T. Brown

Fellow

Patrick T. Brown is a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where his work focuses on developing a robust pro-family economic agenda and supporting families as the cornerstone of a healthy and flourishing society.

Read full bio.

Patrick T. Brown is a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where his work focuses on developing a robust pro-family economic agenda and supporting families as the cornerstone of a healthy and flourishing society.

His writing has been published in The New York Times, National Review, Politico, The Washington Post, and USA Today, and he has spoken on college campuses and Capitol Hill on topics from welfare reform to child care and education policy.

He has published reports on paid leave and family policy with the Institute for Family Studies, and edited an essay series featuring working-class voices for American Compass. He is an advisory board member of Humanity Forward and the Center on Child and Family Policy.

Prior to joining EPPC, Patrick served as a Senior Policy Advisor to Congress’ Joint Economic Committee (JEC). There, he helped lead research about how to make it more affordable to raise a family and more effectively invest in youth and young adults. He also previously worked a government relations staffer for Catholic Charities USA.

Patrick graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in political science and economics. He also holds a Master’s in Public Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He and his wife Jessica have three young children and live in Columbia, S.C.

 

Close bio

Conservative Family Policy Must Be Conservative

Patrick T. Brown

Conservative family policy should avoid two extremes: rebutting any use of government, and assuming that trillions can be spent without negative repercussions.

Articles

Public Discourse / August 2, 2022

Democrats are pro-Abortion, Not pro-Choice. GOP must be pro-Parent.

Patrick T. Brown

Democrats who were serious about wanting to improve options for families would negotiate across the aisle to pass some of the bills being proposed to lighten parents’ load.

Articles

FOX News / July 25, 2022

Strange Bedfellows Could Lead to Pro-Parent Policies

Patrick T. Brown

At the end of the day, changing the law and the culture to be more pro-family will, at times, require strange bedfellows.

Articles

Newsweek / July 12, 2022

Critics say the Right only Cares about Fetuses. They’re not Paying Attention.

Patrick T. Brown

Mitt Romney and Marco Rubio are among lawmakers who have put forth solid proposals to help families. Now is the time to enact them.

Articles

Deseret News / June 29, 2022

Assembling the Mosaic of American Family Life

Patrick T. Brown

As family policy takes up a bigger share of the nation’s attention, it will be essential to be creative and proactive, but also to start from a common set of facts.

Articles

Newsweek / June 22, 2022

Do We Finally Have a Pro-Family Plan to Rally Around?

Patrick T. Brown

If conservatives adopt the Family Security Act as a key pro-family policy proposal, it will be a huge win for the cause of life.

Articles

The Washington Stand / June 21, 2022

Romney Revamps His Family Security Act

Patrick T. Brown

The Romney plan’s redesign stands with one foot firmly in conservative principles while being aggressive about using federal resources to support the institution of the family.

Articles

The Dispatch / June 16, 2022

The Failure of ‘Compassionate Conservatism’ Offers Lessons for the Trumpian Right

Patrick T. Brown

Republicans looking to shift the party toward the working class should study the failure of the Bush-era mantra.

Articles

Politico / June 14, 2022

On Gun Law Reform, This Time Could — and Should — Be Different

Patrick T. Brown

Uvalde, Texas, now joins Columbine, Sandy Hook and Parkland in the heart-rending litany of names that conjure up images of…

Articles

Deseret News / May 31, 2022

The Pro-Family Agenda Republicans Should Embrace After Roe

Patrick T. Brown

The movement that describes itself as pro-life must encompass a broader vision of policy than just prohibiting access to abortion.

Articles

New York Times / May 10, 2022

Trump’s Divisiveness Was Worth the Price to Secure What May Be the End of Roe…

Patrick T. Brown

I have mixed feelings about Donald Trump’s legacy. But I’m glad he appointed conservative Supreme Court justices.

Articles

USA Today / May 4, 2022

Fighting for Fatherhood

Patrick T. Brown

With the Left’s hostile response to Florida’s initiative to support responsible fathers, conservatives can occupy the high ground on this crucial issue.

Articles

City Journal / April 28, 2022