Bob Brown, became active in the local, Tasmanian environmental movement in the early 70s and, in 1976, was a founding member of the Tasmanian Wilderness Society. He was elected to the Tasmanian state legislature, becoming that body’s first Green, as well as its first openly gay, representative. Brown resigned from the legislature to run for Federal Parliament. In 1996 Brown was the Greens’ first candidate to be elected to the Australian Senate. His priorities included greenhouse gas emissions reduction, forest conservation, and reform of Australia’s asylum law. He was reelected by a comfortable margin in 2001, and in 2005 he was made leader of the Australian Greens. In the years after Brown’s election as leader, the Greens posted impressive gains at both the federal Senate and the state level. He was elected to a third term in 2007. In mid-April 2012 Brown resigned as leader of the Greens, and in June he stepped down as a member of Parliament.
After leaving office Brown was especially active in environmental causes, and to that end he cofounded the Bob Brown Foundation, which had a particular focus on protecting Tasmanian wildlife and lands.