Jerry Brown

Governor of California Jerry Brown

Edmund Gerald "Jerry" Brown, Jr. is an American politician. Brown served as the 34th Governor of California (1975–83), and is currently serving as the 39th California Governor (2011–present). He is the son of Pat Brown, the 32nd Governor of California (1959–67). Both before and after his first two terms as governor, Brown was elected to a number of state, local and party offices.
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West Coast in Crisis
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Reporting by Casey Clarke, FOX News Channel The West coast is suffering from a homelessness issue of epic proportions. In Los Angeles alone, homelessness grew 26% from 2016 to 2017. Encampments are on the rise and poverty runs rampant with little solutions short of big government and big spending. Advocates have proposed everything from tiny house communities to basic universal income—a desire of some progressives to give constituents a set income regardless of their ability to work. Meanwhile, constituents are accusing West Coast politicians of having misguided priorities and issuing bad policies. In L.A. County, the “big government” option has been exhausted—taxpayer dollars have been rolled out with little effect. And yet, they are still underfunded. Due to miscalculation, the $73 million that was funneled to address homelessness was only a third of the amount needed, experts say. In Orange County, there are homeless camps accommodating 500 people at a time. The situation...
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Gov. Jerry Brown trims giant water-tunnels project
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Gov. Jerry Brown is scaling back his troubled proposal for overhauling California's water system _ at least for now
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There's room for both substance and sex appeal in California's gubernatorial race
LATimes - 19 days
Facing off in recent debates, the four Democrats and two Republicans leading the race to succeed Gov. Jerry Brown have sparred on the hot topics of the moment: President Trump, of course, as well as immigration, climate change, the proposed border wall, single-payer healthcare and the candidates’...
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Senate staffer accused of sexual harassment was later appointed to Veterans Affairs post by Gov. Jerry Brown
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In the 1970s, Gov. Jerry Brown was a champion for nuclear safety. Now, his legacy is at risk
LATimes - 24 days
To the editor: As many debate the legacy of Gov. Jerry Brown, what stands out for me is his leadership in advancing a 1976 moratorium on new nuclear plants. Without it, the state might now be dotted with 50 nuclear power plants. (“A Brown — father or son — has been California governor for 40% of...
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With few budget solutions in sight, Cal State administrators say another tuition increase is possible
LATimes - 25 days
California State University faces difficult budget problems with no quick solutions, and administrators are preparing for tuition increases, program cuts and other unpopular options that seem unavoidable. Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2018-19 budget plan, released earlier this month, proposed a fraction of...
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California governor pushes for 5 million zero-emission cars
ABC News - 28 days
Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing a $2.5 billion plan to help put 5 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2030
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Jerry Brown is a governor, not an emperor. He is not entitled to an expensive bullet-train legacy.
LATimes - 29 days
To the editor: With cost overruns in the paper all the time now, it's time to abandon this bullet train to nowhere, which is touted as Gov. Jerry Brown’s legacy. (“Massive cost overruns threaten to derail the bullet train. Here's what has to change,” Jan. 21) To hell with this legacy nonsense....
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Jerry Brown Extols California's Bipartisan Commitment To Fighting Climate Change
Huffington Post - 29 days
In his final State of the State address, Gov. Brown took aim at Trump's failed leadership.
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Tips for Interviewing Jerry Brown
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For one, it’s not a good idea to use the word “legacy” in asking about the California governor’s, um, legacy.
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UC regents face showdown with Gov. Brown over proposed increase in tuition and fees
LATimes - about 1 month
University of California regents face a showdown with Gov. Jerry Brown as they prepare to vote Wednesday on a plan to raise tuition and student services fees for the next academic year. The proposed increase would amount to 2.7% — or $342 for state students. Brown opposes any increase, though his...
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Essential California: The bullet train project in crisis
LATimes - about 1 month
Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Monday, Jan. 22, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES Train to nowhere? Seemingly endless delays, cost overruns and changes in California’s high-speed rail project, a lofty objective that Gov. Jerry Brown...
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A silver lining from California's drought: Water conservation led to reduced energy use and less pollution
LATimes - about 1 month
In April 2015, Gov. Jerry Brown called on the people of the most populous state to reduce their water use by 25% in response to a punishing four-year drought. It was an audacious goal, and Californians came close to meeting it. Between June 2015 and April 2016, when restrictions were in effect,...
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El gobernador Brown propone crear la primera universidad comunitaria pública completamente en línea de California
LATimes - about 1 month
El gobernador Jerry Brown quiere que California lance su primera universidad comunitaria pública completamente en línea para ayudar a 2.5 millones de adultos jóvenes sin credenciales terciarias a adquirir habilidades para conseguir mejores trabajos y una mayor movilidad económica.En el plan presupuestario...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jerry Brown
  • 2015
    On December 18, 2015, Brown moved into the original Governor's Mansion, now part of Governor's Mansion State Historic Park.
  • 2014
    There was only one gubernatorial debate. When asked to schedule another, Brown declined. During the debate in Sacramento on September 4, 2014, Kashkari accused Brown of failing to improve California's business climate.
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    Brown announced his bid for re-election on February 27, 2014.
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    On September 16, 2014, Gov. Brown signed a historical package of groundwater legislation.
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    In July 2014, Brown traveled to Mexico to hold meetings with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and other Central American leaders about the ongoing children's immigration crisis.
    Brown was re-elected in 2014, with sixty percent of the vote.
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  • 2012
    In the November 2012 general elections, voters approved Brown's proposed tax increases in the form of Proposition 30.
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    In September 2012, Brown signed legislation sponsored by California State Senator Ted Lieu that prohibits protesters at funerals within 300 feet, with convicted violators punishable with fines and jail time; the legislation was in response to protests conducted by the Westboro Baptist Church.
    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.
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  • 2011
    Brown was sworn in for his third term as governor on January 3, 2011, succeeding Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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  • 2009
    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.
  • 2008
    First indicating his interest in early 2008, Brown formed an exploratory committee in order to seek a third term as governor in 2010, following the expiration of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's term.
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    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."
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  • 2005
    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. They were married on June 18, 2005 in a ceremony officiated by Senator Dianne Feinstein in the Rotunda Building in downtown Oakland.
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  • 2004
    In 2004, Brown expressed interest to be a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Attorney General of California in the 2006 election, and in May 2004, he formally filed to run.
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  • 1998
    Brown continued his predecessor Elihu Harris's public policy of supporting downtown housing development in the area defined as the Central Business District in Oakland's 1998 General Plan.
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  • 1995
    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?”
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  • 1992
    Changing his mind, Brown ran for the Democratic nomination for president in 1992, once again finishing second in the popular vote, carrying six states and coming second in the convention, though substantially behind Governor Bill Clinton of Arkansas.
    After travelling abroad, Brown returned to California and served as Chairman of the California Democratic Party (1989–1991), choosing to resign to run for the Senate again in 1992.
  • 1991
    In early 1991, Brown abruptly resigned his post and announced that he would run for the Senate seat held by the retiring Alan Cranston.
  • 1990
    Citing various recent scandals on Capitol Hill, particularly the recent House banking scandal and the large congressional pay-raises from 1990, he promised to put an end to Congress being a "Stop-and-Shop for the moneyed special interests".
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    Although Brown greatly expanded the party's donor base and enlarged its coffers, with a focus on grassroots organizing and get out the vote drives, he was criticized for not spending enough money on TV ads, which was felt to have contributed to Democratic losses in several close races in 1990.
    Brown decided to run for another term as governor, and was able to do so due to a grandfather clause in a term-limit law passed in 1990 for California state office.
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  • 1988
    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.
  • 1984
    Jackson, who had made a pair of anti-semitic comments about Jews in general and New York City's Jews in particular while running for president in 1984, was still despised in Jewish communities.
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  • 1982
    After his Senate defeat in 1982, many considered Brown's political career to be over.
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    Republican George Deukmejian, a Brown critic, narrowly won the governorship in 1982, succeeding Brown, and was re-elected overwhelmingly in 1986.
    In 1982, Brown chose not to seek a third term as governor; instead, he ran for the United States Senate for the seat being vacated by Republican S.I. Hayakawa.
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    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.
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  • 1979
    Governor Jerry Brown's New Age public image was parodied in the 1979 single, "California Über Alles", by the punk rock band Dead Kennedys.
    On the subject of the 1979 energy crisis, Brown decried the "Faustian bargain" that he claimed Carter had entered into with the oil industry, and declared that he would greatly increase federal funding of research into solar power.
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    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.
  • 1978
    Through his first term as governor, Brown had not appointed any openly gay people to any position, but he cited the failed 1978 Briggs Initiative, which sought to ban homosexuals from working in California's public schools, for his increased support of gay rights.
    Brown won re-election in 1978 against Republican state Attorney General Evelle J. Younger.
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    His actions in response to the proposition earned him praise from Proposition 13 author Howard Jarvis who went as far as to make a television commercial for Brown just before his successful re-election bid in 1978.
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    When Proposition 13 passed in June 1978, he heavily cut state spending, and along with the Legislature, spent much of the $5 billion surplus to meet the proposition's requirements and help offset the revenue losses which made cities, counties, and schools more dependent on the state.
    Brown was re-elected governor in 1978, and ran against fellow Democrat and incumbent President Jimmy Carter in the 1980 primaries.
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  • 1977
    He also signed AB 607, which banned homosexuals from receiving civil marriage licenses, in 1977.
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    Like his father, Brown strongly opposed the death penalty and vetoed it as governor, which the legislature overrode in 1977.
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  • 1976
    Brown first ran for the Democratic nomination for president in March 1976, after the primary season had begun, and over a year after some candidates had started campaigning.
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    Brown ran for his party's nomination in the 1976 Presidential election, finishing second in the popular vote, and a distant third in the convention vote, which was won by Governor Jimmy Carter of Georgia.
  • 1975
    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.
  • 1974
    In the General Election on November 5, 1974, Brown was elected Governor of California over California State Controller Houston I. Flournoy; Republicans ascribed the loss to anti-Republican feelings from Watergate, the election being held only ninety days after President Richard Nixon resigned from office.
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    In 1974, Brown ran in a highly contested Democratic primary for Governor of California against Speaker of the California Assembly Bob Moretti, San Francisco Mayor Joseph L. Alioto, Representative Jerome R. Waldie, and others.
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    Brown also drafted and helped to pass the California Political Reform Act of 1974, Proposition 9, passed by 70% of California's voters in June 1974.
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    Elected governor in 1974 at age 36, Brown was the youngest California governor in 111 years.
  • 1970
    In 1970, Brown was elected California Secretary of State.
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  • 1969
    Returning to California, Brown took the state bar exam and passed on his second attempt. He then settled in Los Angeles and joined the law firm of Tuttle & Taylor. In 1969, Brown ran for the newly created Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees, which oversaw community colleges in the city, and placed first in a field of 124.
  • 1964
    Brown went on to Yale Law School and graduated with a Juris Doctor in 1964.
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  • 1960
    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.
  • 1955
    In 1955, Brown entered Santa Clara University for a year, and left to attend Sacred Heart Novitiate, a Jesuit novice house, intent on becoming a Catholic priest.
    Brown was a member of the California Cadet Corps at St. Ignatius High School, where he graduated in 1955.
  • 1938
    Born on April 7, 1938.
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