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Scott Brown, 50, who attends New England Chapel, a Christian Reformed Church in Franklin, Mass., won the Massachusetts senate seat left vacant when Senator Edward Kennedy died. He and his wife, Gail Huff, have been attending New England Chapel for some time, as his schedule allows.

Brown, a Republican, campaigned across the state in his pickup truck. He is opposed to the U.S. federal stimulus bill and the health care legislation currently before Congress. However, he did support the health care reform bill passed in Massachusetts in 2006.

He supports strengthening border enforcement and opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants.

On abortion, he states on his website, “While this decision should ultimately be made by the woman in consultation with her doctor, I believe we need to reduce the number of abortions in America.” Brown advocates for adoption as an alternative to abortion.

On same-sex marriage: “I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. States should be free to make their own laws in this area, so long as they reflect the people’s will.” Past statements on same-sex marriage have raised the ire of same-sex marriage advocates.

The Brown family also has a relationship with an order of Cistercian Roman Catholic nuns at Mount St. Mary’s Abbey in Wrentham, Mass., their hometown. The family has raised millions of dollars for them.

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