His free talk will begin at 1:30 p.m. in Bigelow Hall, Miller Information Technology Center, Belknap Campus. Tickets for Brown’s talk are no longer available. For those who don’t already have a ticket, the talk will be webcast live on the McConnell  Center’s web site.

We welcome Senator Brown to the university to discuss his election, recent developments in Washington and the future of American politics after the 2010 midterm elections, said Gary Gregg, McConnell Center director.

Brown, 51, is the first Massachusetts Republican to serve in U.S. Congress since 1997. He won a landslide victory in last year’s GOP primary for Kennedy’s Senate seat and defeated Massachusetts’ attorney general in the general election.

He has resisted political labels such as conservative, moderate and liberal Republican, instead describing himself as social moderate and fiscally conservative.

Brown serves on the Senate’s Armed Services, Veterans’ Affairs, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committees. A member of the Massachusetts National Guard for 30 years, he received an Army meritorious service medal for supporting homeland security after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

He entered politics in 1992 when he was elected property assessor in Wrentham, Mass., later serving three terms each in the Massachusetts House and Senate.