Willie Brown (politician)

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Willie Brown
Willie Brown, September 2013 (cropped).jpg
Brown in 2013
41st Mayor of San Francisco
In office
January 8, 1996 – January 8, 2004
Preceded byFrank Jordan
Succeeded byGavin Newsom
58th Speaker of the California Assembly
In office
December 2, 1980 – June 5, 1995
Preceded byLeo McCarthy
Succeeded byDoris Allen
Member of the California Assembly
from the 13th district
In office
1992–1995
Preceded byBarbara Lee
Succeeded byCarole Migden
Member of the California Assembly
from the 17th district
In office
1974–1992
Preceded byJohn Miller
Succeeded byDean Andal
Member of the California Assembly
from the 18th district
In office
1964–1974
Preceded byEdward M. Gaffney
Succeeded byLeo T. McCarthy
Personal details
Born
Willie Lewis Brown Jr.

(1934-03-20) March 20, 1934 (age 85)
Mineola, Texas, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Blanche Vitero (Separated)
EducationSan Francisco State University (BA)
University of California, Hastings (JD)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
United States Army National Guard
UnitReserves

Willie Lewis Brown Jr. (born March 20, 1934[1]) is an American politician. He is a member of the Democratic Party. Brown was in the California State Assembly for thirty years, spending 15 years as its speaker and later as the 41st mayor of San Francisco.

Brown was the first African American Mayor of San Francisco.[2]

The San Francisco Chronicle called Brown "one of San Francisco's most famous mayors" who had "celebrity beyond the city's boundaries."[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Gold, Bryan M. (February 28, 1999). "Tremendous Vision". Government Technology. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  2. "California's G.O.P. Finally Elects an Assembly Speaker It Can Call Its Own". The New York Times. January 7, 1996. Retrieved February 22, 2008.
  3. Gordon, Rachel (January 4, 2004). "THE MAYOR'S LEGACY: WILLIE BROWN 'Da Mayor' soared during tenure that rivals city's most notable, but some critical goals not met". The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved February 23, 2008.