State loses advocate with Broken Bow ties

One of the state’s most influential women, and a native of Broken Bow, passed away June 10. Pamela K. Brown was born Sept. 12, 1952. She was the wife of Steve Brown of Omaha, daughter-in-law of the late Paul and Betty Brown, and daughter of Norma Kemp and the late Paul Kemp, all of Broken Bow. Pam was a long-time advocate for children and families in our state. She knew the importance of working with others to accomplish meaningful change. She was involved with the Junior League on the local and national level. During three terms in the Nebraska State Legislature, Pam worked in the areas of economic development, child support and housing. Pam also served on the Nebraska Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse. She was a leader in developing legislation in 1988 to establish four pilot programs in early childhood education that became the basis for much of what is done today in Nebraska. Pam was elected to the Nebraska Legislature in 1994 and was re-elected twice, serving until 2006. She was involved with strategies for development of the Aksarben area, including the Peter Kiewit Technology Center. Her emphasis on child welfare led to sponsorship of legislation that centralized child support collections. Affordable housing was another of Pam's interests. She helped rewrite the housing authority statute for the state and was involved with legislation regarding valuation for tax purposes of property development for low to moderate-income individuals. It was Pam’s efforts which led to the affordable housing program in communities across the state, including Broken Bow. In 2008 she worked with Susan G. Komen and the American Cancer Society to secure additional state funding for the Every Woman Matters program that provides screening for breast and cervical cancer for low-income women. Pam also worked on the national level with the Susan G. Komen organization. The family will receive friends Tuesday, June 21, from 4-8 p.m. at the West Center Chapel in Omaha. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Nebraska Early Childhood Education Endowment Fund.