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Profile of Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio


Profile of Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio

Photo Courtesy of Sherrod Brown for US Senate 2006

Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio:

Sherrod Brown, a 7-term member of the House of Representatives, was first elected senator from Ohio in November 2006. Sen. Brown won reelection in 2012.

Brown is a passionate progressive, and critic of U.S. free trade policies who led House trade-policy fights against both Clinton and Bush. He voted against the Iraq War in 2002.

Brown makes no secret of his social justice-oriented Christian values. He's the author of two respected political books, and his wife is a Pulitzer Prize winning columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Sherrod Brown on the Issues:

Sherrod Brown's 14-year House voting record is strongly pro-public education and pro-public health, pro-environment and pro-choice. He's rated a 100% pro-peace voting record, and has earned a remarkable 100% ratings by the AFL-CIO, indicating a pro-union voting record.

In 1992, Brown pledged to not use Senate health plan for himself until Congress passes universal healthcare. He's kept that promise by paying for his own healthcare, until his 2004 marriage, when he joined his wife's policy.

Senate Committees in 112th Congress, 2011-2012:

  • Appropriations Committee
  • Agriculture, Nutrition, Forestry Committee
  • Agriculture Subcommittee on Energy, Science, Technology
  • Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, Food Assistance
  • Agriculture Subcommittee on Production, Income Protection, Price Support
  • Banking, Housing, Urban Affairs Committee
  • Banking Subcommittee on Economic Policy
  • Banking Subcommittee on Security, International Trade
  • Veterans' Affairs Committee
  • Select Committee on Ethics

Rep. Sherrod Brown in Congress:

As the ranking Democrat on the Health Subcommittee, Brown has led a rancorous fight for more affordable prescription drugs within the US. He's been known to sponsor bus trips to Canada for seniors to buy drugs at 80% less than US prices.

He's also famously fought against trade agreements that threaten US jobs, undermine environmental protections and eliminate workplace safety safeguards. He voted against the Iraq War in 2002, and now demands a "winning exit strategy" for US troops.

House of Representatives Committees & Affiliations:

  • House Committee on Energy and Commerce
  • House Subcommittee on Health (ranking Democrat)
  • House Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality
  • House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet
  • House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protections
  • House International Relations Committee
  • House Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific
  • Congressional Progressive Caucus

Personal Data:

  • Birth - November 9, 1952 in Mansfield, Ohio to Charles, a small-town doctor (a Republican), and his wife, Emily, an early civil rights supporter.
  • Education - Public schools in Mansfield, Ohio. BA in Russian Studies, Yale University, 1974. MA in Education, 1979, MA in Public Administration, 1981, both from Ohio State University.
  • Family - Married in 2004 to second wife, Connie Schulz. Four adult children and stepchildren.
  • Faith - Lutheran (ELCA)
Brown earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 1967.

Sherrod Brown Prior to Congress:

Brown's activism officially started when he was elected president of his high school's student council. In 1970, he and some friends organized a march for the first Earth Day. His unabashed gusto for liberal issues so impressed local party officials, that while still a college senior, Brown was asked to run for state office... which he did, and won at age 22:

Ohio state legislature - 1975 to 1983

Ohio Secretary of State - 1983 - 1991

US House of Representatives - 1992 - present

The Sherrod Brown Persona:

Brown's heartfelt crusade as champion for the voiceless stems from his Lutheran religious beliefs in social justice. Said a friend and Cleveland pastor, "When Sherrod takes a stand politically, it is clearly grounded in his faith." Like many baby boomers, he admires the late Robert F. Kennedy.

Down-to-earth and warm, enthusiastic and energetic, Brown is an ardent baseball fan and athlete and an avid reader. His first marriage fell apart under the time pressures of his political career.

Brown's Wife, Connie Schultz, Pulitzer Prize Winner:

Connie Schultz, who married Sherrod Brown in 2004, is a columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer since 1993, and a 15-year freelance writer before then. She won a Pulitzer Prize in 2003 for feature writing, and another in 2005 for commentary. She's also won the Robert F. Kennedy for Social Justice Reporting, and in 2004, the Batten Medal to honor "a body of journalistic work that reflects compasson, courage, humanity and a deep concern for the underdog."

Memorable Quotes by Sherrod Brown:

"Democrats are the party of values... the Democrats are the party of social justice.. the Democrats are the party of morality in politics."

On Trade Agreements
"Stop passing these trade agreements like NAFTA and CAFTA, which are as bad for workers in Guatemala as they are for workers in Ohio. Take some of the $2 billion a week we're spending on this war in Iraq and put it into developing alternative-fuel industries, so we can stop buying oil from countries that fund terrorists."

On Medicaid Cuts
"There was no sign of remorse when the Congressional Budget Office estimated that one-third of the Medicaid savings would come from taking coverage and benefits away from Medicaid enrollees... Never mind that some of those dollars would come by kicking some impoverished seniors out of nursing homes and denying others access...

A Congress that treats the elderly like guinea pigs when it comes to drug coverage and criminals when it comes to Medicaid -- is not a Congress you can trust when it comes to long-term care planning."

On the War in Iraq
"The administration has still not provided answers to the questions I raised before the war. The President has yet to provide an adequate budget, plan, or exit strategy in Iraq. He continues to exaggerate our progress in defeating the insurgency...

The violence is increasing and the insurgents are getting bolder. This war is creating new terrorists and reinforcing a dangerously negative public perception of the United States in the Muslim world.

Our nation cannot afford to sweep bad news and mistakes under the rug. If Republicans and Democrats alike don’t speak up when the Bush administration fails the American people, then the Bush administration will continue to fail the American people.

The President must develop and implement a plan for the endgame in Iraq...

Enough is enough."

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