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John Young Brown III (born June 2, 1963) is a Kentucky politician. Brown served as Secretary of State of Kentucky from 1996 to 2004. In 2007, Brown ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination for Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky as the running mate of gubernatorial candidate Jody Richards, the Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives.

Brown was born in Louisville, Kentucky. He is the son of John Y. Brown, Jr., a former Governor of Kentucky and KFC magnate, and he is the grandson of former state legislator and United States Congressman John Y. Brown, Sr.. Brown is also the half-brother of television reporter Pamela Brown.

He received a B.A. degree (magna cum laude) and an M.B.A. from Bellarmine College. He earned his law degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law.

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