Jerry Brown

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Jerry Brown
39th Governor of California
From: January 3, 2011 – present
Predecessor Arnold Schwarzenegger
Successor Incumbent (no successor)
34th Governor of California
From: January 6, 1975 – January 3, 1983
Predecessor Ronald Reagan
Successor George Deukmejian
Party Democrat
Spouse(s) Anne Gust
Religion Roman Catholicism

Edmund Gerald "Jerry" Brown, Jr. is the current Governor of the State of California. This is his second time (non-consecutive) in the office of Governor of California; the first being as its 34th governor from 1975 - 1983. He has also served as California Attorney General, and was the mayor of Oakland, California.


Brown was born in San Francisco, California on April 7, 1938, the only son of Edmund G. "Pat" Brown, Sr., a lawyer and politician who also became the governor and attorney general of California prior to his son.


Jerry Brown graduated from St. Ignatius High School in 1955. He completed his freshman year at the University of Santa Clara then attended Sacred Heart Novitiate, a Jesuit seminary from 1956 to 1960. He received a B.A. degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1961, and graduated from Yale Law School in 1964.

Presidential Elections

Brown unsuccessfully sought the Democratic Party nomination for President in 1976, 1980, and 1992.

Political Offices

  • 1971 - 1975 - California Secretary of State.
  • 1975 - 1983 - Governor of California.
  • 1998 - 2006 - Mayor of Oakland, California.
  • 2007 - 2011 - Attorney General of California.
  • 2011 - present - Governor of California.