Gordon Brown was the 76th Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, serving from June 2007 to May 2010 as the Leader of the Labour Party. Brown served as the successor of Prime Minister Tony Blair after serving as Chancellor of the Exchequer for more than 10 years. He was the longest-serving chancellor in United Kingdom's history for the past 100 years. Before being appointed Chancellor, Gordon and Blair were both two of the most prominent members of the Labour Party.
James Gordon Brown was born February 20, 1951, in Govan, Glasgow, Scotland. He entered Edinburgh University at the age of 16, and stayed at the school eventually to receive his doctorate in politics. He began his political career in the Scottish Labor Party in 1983 and was a TV journalist before starting his career in politics. The former prime minister is blind in his left eye, due to complications from being kicked in the head in his teens during a rugby union match.
Brown began his term as prime minister on shaky ground, starting with some risky decisions he made while chancellor that followed him into office. As such, Brown had some of the lowest approval ratings of any prime minister, and he ultimately resigned from the post in May 2010 after his party failed to secure an outright majority in Parliament during the election.
Brown is married to his wife, Sara Macaulay Brown, and the couple has two sons.