Sherrod Brown

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U.S. Senator

Sherrod Brown




Leadership: No leadership position
Committees: Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Senate Select Committee on Ethics
(subcommittees and past assignments)

Candidates for the OH-Senate Class I Seat:
(Next election: 6 November 2012)

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Considering: None so far
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Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, has represented the state of Ohio in the Senate since 2006.


Record and controversies

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Iraq War

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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. [1] That fall, however, Brown reconsidered his decision to enter the ring. [2] 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[3] in the House and what he calls a "progressive" record.[4] Brown has campaigned as a populist on the economy, continuing to trumpet his long opposition to free trade agreements.[5] 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."[6]

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. [7]

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

Money in politics

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Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Ohio State University$ 119,930
JStreetPAC$ 111,490
Cleveland Clinic$ 99,837
Votesane PAC$ 72,750
League of Conservation Voters$ 66,382
Forest City Enterprises$ 60,909
Oberlin College$ 58,522
Kohrman, Jackson & Krantz$ 57,500
Case Western Reserve University$ 57,205
Democracy Engine$ 57,000
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Sherrod Brown
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

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.


DC office
  • 713 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510
    Ph: 202-224-2315 Fax: 202-228-6321
    Webform email
District offices
  • 600 East Superior Avenue, Room 2450 Cleveland, OH 44114
    Ph: 216-522-7272 Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
Campaign office
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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

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