Jerry Brown

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Jerry Brown
34th and 39th Governor of California
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Lieutenant Abel Maldonado (2011)[1]
Gavin Newsom (since 2011)
Preceded by Arnold Schwarzenegger
In office
January 6, 1975 – January 3, 1983
Lieutenant Mervyn M. Dymally (1975–1979)
Mike Curb (1979–1983)
Preceded by Ronald Reagan
Succeeded by George Deukmejian
31st Attorney General of California
In office
January 9, 2007 – January 3, 2011
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
Preceded by Bill Lockyer
Succeeded by Kamala Harris
47th Mayor of Oakland
In office
January 4, 1999 – January 8, 2007
Preceded by Elihu Harris
Succeeded by Ron Dellums
24th Secretary of State of California
In office
January 4, 1971 – January 6, 1975
Governor Ronald Reagan
Preceded by H. P. Sullivan (Acting)
Succeeded by March Fong Eu
Personal details
Born Edmund Gerald Brown, Jr.
April 7, 1938 (1938-04-07) (age 77)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Anne Gust
Residence Oakland, California
Alma mater University of California, Berkeley
Yale Law School
Religion Roman Catholicism[2]
Website Office of Governor Brown
Personal Site

Edmund Gerald Brown Jr. (born April 7, 1938) is an American politician. In 2010, he was elected Governor of California. On November 4, 2014, he was re-elected governor.[3] He was also Governor of California from 1975 to 1983[4].

Brown is a member of the Democratic Party. He has also been California's Secretary of State, Attorney General of California, and was the mayor of Oakland for eight years.[5] He ran for President of the United States several times, but did not win his primary in the 1976 and in 1992.

Early life[change | change source]

Brown was born in San Francisco, California. His father was Pat Brown who also served as Governor of California until loosing re-election to Ronald Reagan. His mother was Bernice Layne Brown. He was raised in San Francisco. Brown studied at Yale University and at the University of California, Berkeley.

Early career[change | change source]

Brown began his political career as a member of the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees from through 1969–1971. He later served as Secretary of State of California from 1971 through 1975.

Governor of California[change | change source]

Elected Governor in 1974 at age 36, Brown was the youngest California governor in 111 years.

Brown declined to run for a third term in 1982, instead running for the United States Senate in 1982. However, he was defeated by Republican Mayor Pete Wilson (who himself would later become governor), and many considered his political career to be over. After travelling abroad, Brown returned to California and served as Chairman of the California Democratic Party (1989–1991), resigning to run for the Senate again in 1992.

Running against Meg Whitman in 2010, Brown became the 39th Governor in 2011; on October 7, 2013, he became the longest-serving governor in California history, surpassing Earl Warren. He was reelected in 2014 with sixty percent of the vote. As a consequence of the 28-year gap between his second and third terms, Brown has been both the sixth-youngest California governor (the youngest since 1863) and the oldest California governor in history.

Possible 2016 presidential bid[change | change source]

Brown had been speculated to run for the Democratic nomination for President in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and he had expressed some interest in doing so, particularly if Hillary Clinton did not run.[6][7][8] However, in an interview in 2014, Brown ruled out running. He did not rule out running for another term as Mayor of Oakland, saying that "I wouldn't mind being mayor of Oakland. But I don't know, when I'm 80 and a half, whether I'll have the same appetite. I'm very excited doing this job. [Still], I don't want to foreclose my options for four years from now."

In an interview by CNN during the second Republican Primary debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Brown hinted at a possible presidential bid in 2016.[9] He stated that "I'll jump in when the time is appropriate".[10]

Personal life[change | change source]

Brown married his girlfriend of fifteen years, Anne Gust in 2005.[11]

In April 2011 Brown had surgery to remove a basal-cell carcinoma from the right side of his nose.[12] In December 2012, media outlets reported that Brown was being treated for early stage (the precise stage and grade was not stated) localized prostate cancer with a very good health.[13]

References[change | change source]

  1. Coté, John (December 31, 2010). "Lt. Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom to be sworn in by Jan. 10". San Francisco Chronicle (Hearst Newspapers). Retrieved January 3, 2010.
  2. Pack, Robert (1978). Jerry Brown, the philosopher-prince. Stein and Day. ISBN 978-0-8128-2437-7 . "A story appeared in the New York Times on May 16, 1976, reporting that Brown 'now admits he is no longer a practicing Roman Catholic.' The Times story prompted a member of the staff of The Monitor, the newspaper of the archdiocese of San Francisco, to query Brown, whose answer was, "I was born a Catholic. I was raised a Catholic. I am a Catholic."
  3. "General Election - November 4, 2014". KCBS. Retrieved 2014-11-06.
  6. Philip Rucker (May 28, 2014) "Gov. Jerry Brown says 2016 Democratic nomination is Hillary Clinton’s ‘if she wants’", The Washington Post. Retrieved October 2, 2014.
  7. Terence Cullen (July 21, 2014) "List of potential Democratic presidential candidates for 2016 expands: report", Daily News. Retrieved October 2, 2014.
  8. Jason Linkins (July 13, 2014) "The Brutalist Guide To 2016's Democratic Contenders (Not Named Hillary Clinton)", The Huffington Post. Retrieved October 2, 2014.
  9. Pollak, Joe (September 17, 2015) "Jerry Brown Hints at 2016 Run", Breitbart. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  10. Warren, Michael (September 17, 2015) "Jerry Brown Considering Run For President?", Weekly Standard. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  11. Garchik, Leah (June 19, 2005). "Oakland's royal wedding: Nearly 600 attend Jerry Brown's nuptials". San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco, CA). Retrieved November 3, 2010.
  12. "PolitiCal". Los Angeles Times. April 30, 2011.
  13. "Calif. governor being treated for early stage prostate cancer". Retrieved 2014-08-19.

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Jerry Brown at Wikimedia Commons Quotations related to Jerry Brown at Wikiquote