Governor Jerry Brown

Governor Edmund “Jerry” Brown was born in San Francisco in 1983. He graduated from St. Ignatius High School in 1955, then later entered Sacred Heart Novitiate, a Jesuit seminary. Later, he graduated from UC Berkeley before going on to earn his J.D. from Yale Law School.

He started out as the Trustee for the Los Angeles Community College District in 1969, then later became the Secretary of State in 1970. He was elected governor in 1974 after beating out Reagan, then again in 1978, then served a brief but powerful term as Mayor of Oakland.

As the mayor of Oakland, California, Brown made a huge impact on the city by reducing its incredibly high crime rate. He also founded two thriving charter schools. The difference he made in the city is still evident today.

Brown was elected California State Attorney General in 2006. After, he was reelected governor in 2010 and 2014, setting a new record for serving four gubernatorial terms.

Governor Jerry Brown, currently 78-years-old, has been serving as the governor of California since 2011. He has done immense work for unemployment, the environment, and the ongoing water shortage. He’s made a huge impact on many issues of importance to the middle class.

With the money he has helped save in the state’s budget, he has diverted into two large propositions: Proposition 30 and Proposition 2. The first puts billions of dollars back into California public school budgets, the latter is a “rainy day fund” for the next economic downturn

Brown is an outspoken Democrat and advocate for the party’s platform. He ran for president as a democratic candidate in 1982, but didn’t get very far. He served as the chairman of the California State Democratic Party.

He tried running for president several times, but came up short each attempt. He still to this day is respected across political lines and by many high officials in government. He is affectionately called “Governor Moonbeam” for those who claimed he attracted the eccentric, colorful character vote in California.

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