Sherrod Brown

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Sherrod Brown is the junior senator from the state of Ohio

Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, has represented the state of Ohio in the Senate since 2006. (map)

Record and controversies

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H.R. 3590 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (health care reform)

On December 9, 2009, Senator Brown was one of ten Democratic Senators to reach what Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called a “broad agreement”[1]on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The discussion focused on abandoning or greatly narrowing the public health insurance option. In exchange, people 55-64 would be able to buy in to Medicare and Medicaid eligibility would be expanded to people within 150 percent of the federal poverty line. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s office released a statement on the compromise:

"I asked Senators Schumer and Pryor to work with some of the most moderate and most progressive members of our diverse caucus, and tonight they have come to a consensus. 
It is a consensus that includes a public option and will help ensure the American people win in two ways: one, insurance companies will face more competition, and two, the American people will have more choices. I know not all 10 Senators in the room agree on every single detail of this, nor will all 60 members of my caucus. But I know we all appreciate the hard work that these progressives and moderates have done to move this historic debate forward. I want to thank Senators Schumer, Pryor, Brown, Carper, Feingold, Harkin, Landrieu, Lincoln, Nelson and Rockefeller for working together for the greater good and never losing sight of our shared goal: making it possible for every American to afford to live a healthy life. As is long-standing practice, we do not disclose details of any proposal before the Congressional Budget Office has a chance to evaluate it. We will wait for that to happen, but in the meantime, tonight we are confident." [2]

Iraq War

For more information see the chart of U.S. Senate votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

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Brown was born November 9, 1952 in Mansfield, Ohio. He became an Eagle Scout in 1967. Brown received a bachelor of arts degree in Russian studies from Yale University in 1974 and a master of arts degree in education and public administration from Ohio State University in 1981. He taught at the Mansfield branch campus of Ohio State University from 1979 to 1981.

Brown is married to Connie Schultz, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for Cleveland's Plain Dealer newspaper.

Brown served as an Ohio state representative from 1975 to 1982. He was one of the youngest state representatives in Ohio history. In 1982, he won a four-way Democratic primary that included Dennis Kucinich, now a Cleveland Congressman, then defeated Republican Virgil Brown in the general election for the office of Ohio Secretary of State, succeeding Anthony J. Celebrezze Jr.. In 1986, Brown won re-election as secretary of state, defeating Vincent C. Campanella. In 1990, Brown lost when trying for a third term as secretary of state to Republican Bob Taft.

Congressional Career

In 1992, Brown ran for a seat in the United States House of Representatives and won.

In 2001, when the Republican-controlled legislature threatened to gerrymander him out of office, Brown threatened to run for governor in 2002. The Republicans backed down, preserving Brown's majority Democratic district, and Brown stayed in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Brown was an Ohio delegate to the 2000 Democratic National Convention. He was an unpledged delegate to the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston.

In 2005, Brown led the Democratic effort to block the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA). For many months, Brown worked as whip on the issue, securing Democratic "nay" votes and seeking Republican allies. After several delays, the House of Representatives finally voted on CAFTA after midnight on July 28, 2005. Keeping the roll call open well past the 15 minute standard, the House approved CAFTA by a vote of 217 to 215. CAFTA effectively passed by one vote - a tie would have resulted in a defeat.

Brown cites this stinging outcome as the impetus for the next stage of his career: running for the U.S. Senate.

2006 Senate race

In the summer of 2005, Brown announced he would not run for the U. S. Senate seat held by Republican Mike DeWine. [3] That fall, however, Brown reconsidered his decision to enter the ring. [4] This announcement came shortly after Democrat Paul Hackett also stated that he would soon announce his candidacy. Within Ohio, Brown's decades of involvement in Ohio politics, including his years in statewide office, have given him high name recognition amongst Ohioans and a considerable fundraising advantage. In addition to his Senate campaign, Brown also helped to support Reform Ohio Now to promote several state jurisdictional changes on the ballot in November 2005.

Brown stated at the outset of his campaign that he wanted to show the contrasts between himself and Sen. DeWine. Brown has done this by not shying away from what many consider a "liberal" record[5] in the House and what he calls a "progressive" record.[6] Brown has campaigned as a populist on the economy, continuing to trumpet his long opposition to free trade agreements.[7] Brown stated in his stump speeches, "We have a government in Washington that has betrayed the middle class and the working poor in this country.You know what I mean when I say 'betrayed.' There's no other word for it. And I'm not one of those Democrats who is going to hesitate to talk about that betrayal. The stakes are too high for places like this."[8]

Brown also trumpeted his vote against the congressional authorization to go to war in Iraq. He also publicly refused to accept the congressional health care plan until Congress passes universal health care legislation. [9]

Brown defeated DeWine 56%-44% to take possession of his Senate seat.

Money in politics

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Links to more campaign contribution information for Sherrod Brown
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2006 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Sherrod Brown. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


Washington, D.C.:
455 Russell Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-2315
Fax: (202) 228-6321
Web Email

Cleveland Office:
600 East Superior Avenue, Room 2450
Cleveland OH 44114
Phone: 216-522-7272
Fax: 216-522-2239

Articles and Resources


From Sherrod Brown

Local blogs and discussion sites

Published Works by Sherrod Brown

  • Congress from the Inside: Observations from the Majority and the Minority ISBN 0873386302
  • Myths of Free Trade: Why American Trade Policy Has Failed ISBN 1565849280

Corresponding article on Wikipedia and Cause Caller. (If Cause Caller link does not work, pick from its list of senators and representatives.)

Current Office: U.S. Senate
111th Congress
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110th Congress
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Committees: Senate Committee on Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry, Senate Committee on Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry/Subcommittee on Energy Science and Technology, Senate Committee on Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry/Subcommittee on Nutrition and Food Assistance Sustainable and Organic Agriculture and General Legislation, Senate Committee on Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry/Subcommittee on Production Income Protection and Price Support, Senate Committee on Banking Housing and Urban Affairs, Senate Committee on Banking Housing and Urban Affairs/Subcommittee on Economic Policy, Senate Committee on Banking Housing and Urban Affairs/Subcommittee on Housing Transportation and Community Development, Senate Committee on Banking Housing and Urban Affairs/Subcommittee on Security and International Trade and Finance, Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions, Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions/Subcommittee on Retirement and Aging, Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions/Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety, Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs,
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 7, 2006
First Took Current Office:
January 3, 2007
Next Election:
November 6, 2012
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Freshman Member?
Previous Political Work?
U.S. House of Representatives, Ohio Secretary of State, Ohio House of Representatives,
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District Offices:
1. 600 East Superior Avenue, Room 2450 Cleveland, OH 44114
Phone: 216-522-7272 / Fax: 216-522-2239

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Date of Birth: November 9, 1952