Jerry Brown

Jerry Brown DEMDemocrat

Governor of California from 1975 to 1983 and 2011 to 2019

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Jerry BrownDEMDemocrat Governor of California from 1975 to 1983 and 2011 to 2019
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Edmund Gerald Brown Jr. (born April 7, 1938) is an American lawyer, author, and politician who served as the 34th and 39th governor of California from 1975 to 1983 and 2011 to 2019. A member of the Democratic Party, he was elected Secretary of State of California in 1970; Brown later served as Mayor of Oakland from 1999 to 2007 and Attorney General of California from 2007 to 2011. He was both the oldest and sixth-youngest governor of California due to the 28-year gap between his second and third terms. Upon completing his fourth term in office, Brown became the fourth longest-serving governor in U.S. history, serving 16 years and 5 days in office.Born in San Francisco, he is the son of Bernice Layne Brown and Pat Brown, who was the 32nd Governor of California (1959–1967). After graduating from the University of California, Berkeley, and Yale Law School, he practiced law and began his political career as a member of the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees (1969–1971). He was elected to serve as the 23rd Secretary of State of California from 1971 to 1975. At 36, Brown was elected to his first term as governor in 1974, making him the youngest California Governor in 111 years. In 1978, he won his second term. During his governorship, Brown ran unsuccessfully as a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1976 and 1980.

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Education6 - 6 of 4
Yale University
University of California, Berkeley
BA Classics
Sacred Heart Novitiate
1956 - 1960
University of Santa Clara
Past Positions1 - 9 of 9
Attorney General
State of California
2006 - 2010
City of Oakland
1998 - 2006
California State Democratic Party
1989 - 1991
Secretary of State
State of California
Ambassador of Good Will
Former Attorney
Tuttle and Taylor
Former Law Clerk
Justice Mathew Tobriner, California Supreme Court
Oakland Military Institute
Oakland School for the Arts
Other Experience1 - 2 of 2
Board, Los Angeles Community College
Former Volunteer
Home for the Dying