Jerry Brown


Edmund Gerald "Jerry" Brown, Jr. is an American politician, the 39th and current Governor of California, having previously served as California's 34th Governor. Brown served as Governor between 1975 and 1983, and again from 2011. Both before and after his first two terms as Governor, Brown has served in various state, local, and party positions.… Read More

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1938 Birth Born on April 7, 1938.


1955 17 Years Old 1 More Event
He was a member of the California Cadet Corps at St. Ignatius High School, where he graduated in 1955.


1960 22 Years Old Brown left the novitiate after three years, enrolling at the University of California, Berkeley in 1960, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Classics in 1961.
1964 26 Years Old Brown went on to Yale Law School and graduated with a Juris Doctor in 1964. … Read More


1969 - 1970 2 More Events
…  Elected Governor in 1974 at age 36, Brown was the youngest California governor in 111 years.
1975 37 Years Old In 1975, Brown obtained the repeal of the "depletion allowance", a tax break for the state's oil industry, despite the efforts of lobbyist Joe Shell, a former intraparty rival to Richard M. Nixon.
1976 38 Years Old 1 More Event
He ran for his party's nomination in the 1976 presidential election, finishing second in popular vote, and a distant third in the convention vote, which was won by Governor Jimmy Carter of Georgia.
1977 39 Years Old 1 More Event
Like his father, Brown strongly opposed the death penalty and vetoed it as Governor, which the legislature overrode in 1977. … Read More


Brown was re-elected Governor in 1978 and ran against fellow Democrat and incumbent President Jimmy Carter in the 1980 primaries. … Read More
1979 41 Years Old 1 More Event
Three main planks of his platform were a call for a constitutional convention to ratify the Balanced Budget Amendment, a promise to increase funds for the space program as a "first step in bringing us toward a solar-powered space satellite to provide solar energy for this planet," and, in the wake of the 1979 Three Mile Island accident, opposition to nuclear power.
Brown chose not to run for a third term in 1982, and instead ran for the United States Senate, but lost to San Diego Mayor Pete Wilson. … Read More


1988 50 Years Old Upon his return from abroad in 1988, Brown announced that he would stand as a candidate to become chairman of the California Democratic Party, and won against investment banker Steve Westly.
…  While a two-term limit was placed on all statewide executive offices, including governor in 1990, governors who served before the limit was put in place (including Pat Brown, Ronald Reagan, and George Deukmejian) were still eligible for election. … Read More
1991 53 Years Old In early 1991, Brown abruptly resigned his post and announced that he would run for the Senate seat held by the retiring Alan Cranston.
1992 54 Years Old 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.
1995 57 Years Old In 1995, with Brown’s political career at a low point, in the motion picture Jade, the fictional Governor of California tells an assistant district attorney to drop a case, “unless you want as much of a future in this state as Jerry Brown.” The assistant DA responds “Who’s Jerry Brown?” … Read More


1998 - 2004 2 More Events
2005 67 Years Old A bachelor as governor and mayor, Brown attracted attention for dating high-profile women, the most notable of whom was singer Linda Ronstadt. In March 2005, Brown announced his engagement to his girlfriend since 1990, Anne Gust, former chief administrative officer for The Gap. … Read More
2008 70 Years Old 1 More Event
In June 2008, Brown filed a fraud lawsuit claiming mortgage lender Countrywide Financial engaged in "unfair and deceptive" practices to get homeowners to apply for risky mortgages far beyond their means." … Read More
2009 71 Years Old Proposition 8, a contentious voter-approved amendment to the state constitution that banned same-sex marriage was upheld in May 2009 by the California Supreme Court.
2011 73 Years Old Brown was sworn in for his third term as governor on January 3, 2011, succeeding Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger. … Read More
On June 28, 2012, Governor Brown signed a budget that made deep cuts to social services with the assumption that voters would pass $8 billion in tax hikes in November 2012 to close California's $15.7-billion budget deficit. "This budget reflects tough choices that will help get California back on track," Governor Brown said in a statement. … Read More
He was reelected in 2014 with sixty percent of the vote. … Read More
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