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Sen. Sherrod Brown blasts the GOP Tax cuts
Sen. Sherrod Brown blasts the GOP Tax cuts
Published: 2017/11/30
Channel: Daily Kos
Senators Orrin Hatch & Sherrod Brown Get In Tax Reform Shouting Match | The 11th Hour | MSNBC
Senators Orrin Hatch & Sherrod Brown Get In Tax Reform Shouting Match | The 11th Hour | MSNBC
Published: 2017/11/17
Channel: MSNBC
SHOUTING MATCH IN THE SENATE: Sherrod Brown vs. Orrin Hatch - "THIS IS BULLCRAP!!!"
SHOUTING MATCH IN THE SENATE: Sherrod Brown vs. Orrin Hatch - "THIS IS BULLCRAP!!!"
Published: 2017/11/17
Channel: Dose of Dissonance
Sen. Sherrod Brown Decries GOP Healthcare Bill | AM Joy | MSNBC
Sen. Sherrod Brown Decries GOP Healthcare Bill | AM Joy | MSNBC
Published: 2017/06/26
Channel: MSNBC
Senator Sherrod Brown ORDERED To CHECK HIMSELF As He Explains How Bills Are Actually Created
Senator Sherrod Brown ORDERED To CHECK HIMSELF As He Explains How Bills Are Actually Created
Published: 2018/01/22
Channel: wwwMOXNEWScom
FULL: U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown - Democratic National Convention
FULL: U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown - Democratic National Convention
Published: 2016/07/29
Channel: ABC15 Arizona
Sherrod Brown Grills Steve Mnuchin on IndyMac
Sherrod Brown Grills Steve Mnuchin on IndyMac
Published: 2017/01/19
Channel: ABC News
Senator Sherrod Brown - Meet The Press - Aug.27,2017
Senator Sherrod Brown - Meet The Press - Aug.27,2017
Published: 2017/08/27
Channel: Global Broadcasting
FIGHT: Sherrod Brown and Orrin Hatch THROW DOWN During Senate Hearing Over Taxes
FIGHT: Sherrod Brown and Orrin Hatch THROW DOWN During Senate Hearing Over Taxes
Published: 2017/11/18
Channel: The Majority Report with Sam Seder
Orrin Hatch and Sherrod Brown Vicious Shouting Match About the Unpopular Tax Cut
Orrin Hatch and Sherrod Brown Vicious Shouting Match About the Unpopular Tax Cut
Published: 2017/11/17
Channel: Damalins
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) Finance Committee One-on-One with Dana Bash on Tax Cut. #Breaking
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) Finance Committee One-on-One with Dana Bash on Tax Cut. #Breaking
Published: 2017/10/22
Channel: Almutaz Bur News Network
Sen. Sherrod Brown is a Possible Yes Vote for Trump Tax-reform
Sen. Sherrod Brown is a Possible Yes Vote for Trump Tax-reform
Published: 2017/10/18
Channel: Washington Free Beacon
Sen. Sherrod Brown just slammed Mitch McConnell.
Sen. Sherrod Brown just slammed Mitch McConnell.
Published: 2017/12/21
Channel: CFC - Citizens For Change
2020 Election Night - President Trump vs Sherrod Brown
2020 Election Night - President Trump vs Sherrod Brown
Published: 2017/08/19
Channel: Stellar Spark
Senator Brown Defends the Freedom of the Press
Senator Brown Defends the Freedom of the Press
Published: 2017/06/13
Channel: Sherrod Brown
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Here's what you need to know about Sherrod Brown, in 60 seconds
Published: 2016/06/01
Channel: cleveland.com
Josh Mandel looking past primary to showdown with Sherrod Brown in 2018 U.S. Senate race
Josh Mandel looking past primary to showdown with Sherrod Brown in 2018 U.S. Senate race
Published: 2017/10/18
Channel: News 5 Cleveland
2020 Election Night | Sherrod Brown vs Donald Trump
2020 Election Night | Sherrod Brown vs Donald Trump
Published: 2017/08/10
Channel: Let's Talk Elections
Break Up The Banks - Sen. Sherrod Brown Interview With Cenk
Break Up The Banks - Sen. Sherrod Brown Interview With Cenk
Published: 2013/03/13
Channel: TYT Interviews
Senator Sherrod Brown at DNC 2016
Senator Sherrod Brown at DNC 2016
Published: 2016/07/29
Channel: Democratic National Convention
Senator Sherrod Brown Delivers the Weekly Democratic Address
Senator Sherrod Brown Delivers the Weekly Democratic Address
Published: 2017/09/01
Channel: SenateDemocrats
Senator Sherrod Brown Slams Wells Fargo for Scamming Customers
Senator Sherrod Brown Slams Wells Fargo for Scamming Customers
Published: 2016/09/20
Channel: Sherrod Brown
Nasty Debate - Sherrod Brown vs. Josh Mandel
Nasty Debate - Sherrod Brown vs. Josh Mandel
Published: 2012/10/22
Channel: WOSU Public Media
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) on the Ohio economy
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) on the Ohio economy
Published: 2009/07/24
Channel: C-SPAN
Sen. Sherrod Brown Wins Ohio Senate Race - Election 2012
Sen. Sherrod Brown Wins Ohio Senate Race - Election 2012
Published: 2012/11/07
Channel: Wall Street Journal
Democrats Getting Rolled Or Picking Battles? Ben Carson Gets Approved by Sherrod Brown
Democrats Getting Rolled Or Picking Battles? Ben Carson Gets Approved by Sherrod Brown
Published: 2017/02/17
Channel: The Jimmy Dore Show
U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown on Trade, Jobs, Great Lakes, more - Extended Interview
U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown on Trade, Jobs, Great Lakes, more - Extended Interview
Published: 2017/03/31
Channel: Tony Ganzer
Senator Orrin Hatch  vs  Senator Sherrod Brown Tax sound off
Senator Orrin Hatch vs Senator Sherrod Brown Tax sound off
Published: 2017/11/17
Channel: Tony's - 24/7 Eyes
Sen. Brown Opposes Betsy DeVos
Sen. Brown Opposes Betsy DeVos
Published: 2017/02/07
Channel: Sherrod Brown
SARAH SANDERS SENDS SHERROD BROWN SCURRYING BACK TO OHIO WITH TAIL BETWEEN LEGS
SARAH SANDERS SENDS SHERROD BROWN SCURRYING BACK TO OHIO WITH TAIL BETWEEN LEGS
Published: 2017/10/25
Channel: The Next News Network
Sherrod Brown This Standard
Sherrod Brown This Standard
Published: 2009/06/26
Channel: 3PointMedia
Protecting Dreamers and Pensions are Moral Issues (w/Guest Sherrod Brown)
Protecting Dreamers and Pensions are Moral Issues (w/Guest Sherrod Brown)
Published: 2017/12/14
Channel: Thom Hartmann Program
Sherrod Brown won
Sherrod Brown won't rule out serving as Clinton VP
Published: 2016/05/15
Channel: CNN
Sen. Sherrod Brown: When Republicans Have Nothing To Say, They Invoke ACORN
Sen. Sherrod Brown: When Republicans Have Nothing To Say, They Invoke ACORN
Published: 2010/02/09
Channel: MediaMattersAction
Senator Sherrod Brown Doesn
Senator Sherrod Brown Doesn't Use His Brain To Do His Job!?!
Published: 2017/12/20
Channel: Gregory Miller
Sherrod Brown stands in opposition to SCOTUS pick
Sherrod Brown stands in opposition to SCOTUS pick
Published: 2017/02/02
Channel: News 5 Cleveland
Sen. Sherrod Brown Torches Dick Cheney On "Dithering" Claim
Sen. Sherrod Brown Torches Dick Cheney On "Dithering" Claim
Published: 2009/10/25
Channel: PoliticsNewsPolitics
Sen. Sherrod Brown on Jobs & Trade
Sen. Sherrod Brown on Jobs & Trade
Published: 2013/01/23
Channel: Thom Hartmann Program
Senator Sherrod Brown Discusses the Legacy of Senator Voinovich
Senator Sherrod Brown Discusses the Legacy of Senator Voinovich
Published: 2016/09/20
Channel: Voinovich School
Sen. Sherrod Brown on Donald Trump, trade and Tim Ryan
Sen. Sherrod Brown on Donald Trump, trade and Tim Ryan's challenge of Nancy Pelosi
Published: 2016/11/18
Channel: News 5 Cleveland
Sherrod Brown on Josh Mandel, Debates
Sherrod Brown on Josh Mandel, Debates
Published: 2012/08/17
Channel: OhioCapitalBlog
Sam Seder, Charles Grassley, and Orrin Hatch versus Sherrod Brown
Sam Seder, Charles Grassley, and Orrin Hatch versus Sherrod Brown
Published: 2017/12/05
Channel: The Benjamin Dixon Show
Sen. Sherrod Brown on State of the Union: Full Interview
Sen. Sherrod Brown on State of the Union: Full Interview
Published: 2016/05/15
Channel: CNN
Sherrod Brown 2006: Putting the Middle Class First
Sherrod Brown 2006: Putting the Middle Class First
Published: 2011/02/17
Channel: 3PointMedia
Orrin Hatch DESTROYS Sherrod Brown for Playing  Class Warfare Politics
Orrin Hatch DESTROYS Sherrod Brown for Playing Class Warfare Politics
Published: 2017/11/19
Channel: ShockDoctrin
Sarah Huckabee Sanders Shuts Down Lying Dem Sherrod Brown, Sends Him Packing For Ohio
Sarah Huckabee Sanders Shuts Down Lying Dem Sherrod Brown, Sends Him Packing For Ohio
Published: 2017/10/24
Channel: BreakingNews24
Progressive Sen. Sherrod Brown Stumps For Centrist Hillary Clinton
Progressive Sen. Sherrod Brown Stumps For Centrist Hillary Clinton
Published: 2016/05/17
Channel: Let The Madness Begin
Sherrod Brown Ad Ohio 2012
Sherrod Brown Ad Ohio 2012
Published: 2012/04/05
Channel: Jim Heath
Sen. Sherrod Brown on the Senate floor, March 3, 2011
Sen. Sherrod Brown on the Senate floor, March 3, 2011
Published: 2011/03/03
Channel: The Daily Caller
Sen. Sherrod Brown hosts roundtable opposing healthcare repeal
Sen. Sherrod Brown hosts roundtable opposing healthcare repeal
Published: 2017/01/16
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Sherrod Brown
Sherrod Brown official photo 2009.jpg
United States Senator
from Ohio
Assumed office
January 3, 2007
Serving with Rob Portman
Preceded by Mike DeWine
Ranking Member of the Senate Banking Committee
Assumed office
January 3, 2015
Preceded by Mike Crapo
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 13th district
In office
January 3, 1993 – January 3, 2007
Preceded by Don Pease
Succeeded by Betty Sutton
47th Secretary of State of Ohio
In office
January 12, 1983 – January 14, 1991
Governor Dick Celeste
Preceded by Tony Celebrezze
Succeeded by Bob Taft
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 61st district
In office
January 1, 1975 – January 1, 1983
Preceded by Joan Douglass
Succeeded by Frank Sawyer
Personal details
Born Sherrod Campbell Brown
(1952-11-09) November 9, 1952 (age 65)
Mansfield, Ohio, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Larke Ummel (Divorced 1987)
Connie Schultz
Children 4
Education Yale University (BA)
Ohio State University (MA, MPA)
Signature
Website Senate website

Sherrod Campbell Brown (born November 9, 1952) is an American politician who is the senior United States Senator from Ohio, elected in 2006 as a progressive. A Democrat, he is a former member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Ohio's 13th congressional district. He previously served as Ohio Secretary of State after serving in the Ohio House of Representatives.

Brown defeated two-term Republican incumbent Mike DeWine in the 2006 Senate election and was re-elected in 2012, defeating state Treasurer Josh Mandel. In the Senate, he was chair of the Agriculture Subcommittee on Hunger, Nutrition and Family Farms and the Banking Subcommittee on Economic Policy, and is also a member of the Committee on Finance, Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and Select Committee on Ethics. Beginning in January 2015 at the start of the 114th Congress, Brown became the Ranking Democratic Member on the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.[1]

Early life, education, and academic career[edit]

Brown was born in Mansfield, Ohio, the son of Emily (née Campbell) and Charles Gailey Brown, M.D.[2] He was named after his maternal grandfather. He became an Eagle Scout in 1967. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Russian studies from Yale University in 1974. At Yale, he lived in Davenport College. While in college, Brown volunteered for liberal politicians such as George McGovern.[3] He went on to receive a Master of Arts degree in education and a Master of Public Administration degree from Ohio State University in Columbus in 1979 and 1981, respectively. He taught at the Mansfield branch campus of Ohio State University from 1979 to 1981.[4] He backpacked in India during the Emergency imposed by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.[5]

Early political career[edit]

During his senior year in college, Brown was recruited by a local Democratic leader to run for Ohio's state house.[3] Brown served as a state representative in Ohio from 1974 to 1982. At the time of his election to the Ohio House, he was the youngest person elected to that body.[6] In 1982, Brown ran for Ohio Secretary of State to succeed Anthony J. Celebrezze Jr. Brown won a four-way Democratic primary that included Dennis Kucinich, then defeated Republican Virgil Brown in the general election. In 1986, Brown won re-election, defeating Vincent C. Campanella. As Secretary of State, Brown focused on voter registration outreach.[3] In 1990, Brown lost re-election in a heated campaign against Republican Bob Taft.[3]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

Congressman Brown
Brown's signature on an official document from his office as Secretary of State of Ohio, 1990.

In 1992, Brown moved from Mansfield to Lorain, Ohio, and won a heavily contested Democratic primary for the open seat for Ohio's 13th district, located in the western and southern suburbs of Cleveland, after eight-term incumbent Don Pease announced his retirement. The Democratic-leaning district gave him an easy win over the little-known Republican Margaret R. Mueller. He was re-elected six times.[7]

Tenure[edit]

The Democrats lost their long-held House majority in the 1994 elections, and Democrats remained in the minority for the remainder of Brown's tenure. As ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Health subcommittee, Brown successfully advocated for increased funding to fight tuberculosis.[3]

In 2001, the Republican-controlled legislature considered redrawing Brown's district. Some top Democrats urged Brown to relocate and take on fellow Democrat James Traficant after he defected when he voted to elect Republican Dennis Hastert as speaker of the U.S. House.[8]

Sherrod Brown in 2004

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, which ended in passage by one vote.[9]

He opposed an amendment to Ohio's constitution that banned same-sex marriage.[10] Brown was also one of the few U.S. Representatives to vote against the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996.[11]

Committee assignments[edit]

Brown was the ranking minority member on the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Health Subcommittee. He also served on the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet and the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection. While serving on the House International Relations Committee, he was also a member of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.[12]

U.S. Senate[edit]

Brown was vetted as a potential vice-presidential running mate for Hillary Clinton in 2016. The choice ultimately came down to Brown and Tim Kaine, who was selected as Clinton's running mate.[13] Brown, one of Bernie Sanders' closest allies in the U.S. Senate, endorsed Clinton and campaigned for her prior to the 2016 Democratic primary in Ohio.[14] Washington Monthly suggested that as a potential presidential candidate in 2020, Brown could unite the establishment and progressive wings of the Democratic Party.[15]

A staunch critic of free trade who has taken progressive stances on financial issues, Brown has said that the Democratic Party should place a stronger emphasis on progressive populism.[16]

Political positions[edit]

Official photo of Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) 2009

In 2011, in the National Journal’s annual rankings, Brown tied with eight other members for the title of the most liberal member of Congress.[17]

Foreign policy[edit]

Brown speaks at the kickoff breakfast for Lorain International Festival

Brown opposed the Iraq War and voted against the Iraq Resolution as a House Representative.[18] He voted against the $87 billion war budgetary supplement. He also voted for redeploying US troops out of Iraq by March 2008.[19]

Brown voted for the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008, which appropriated $250 billion for ongoing military operations and domestic programs.[20]

In 2012, he co-sponsored a resolution to "oppose any policy that would rely on containment as an option in response to the Iranian nuclear threat."[21] In 2015, Brown co-sponsored an amendment to the budget which was unanimously approved by the Senate and would reimpose sanctions on Iran if Iran violated the interim or final agreement that has paused its nuclear activities.[22]

Brown was an original co-sponsor of the Taiwan Relations Act and the Six Assurances in regards to United States-Taiwan relations.[23][24][25][26]

Weeks after the 2014 Hong Kong class boycott campaign and Umbrella Movement broke out which demanded genuine universal suffrage among other goals, Brown (the chair of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China), along with co-chair U.S. Rep. Chris Smith and U.S. Senators Ben Cardin, Marco Rubio, Roger Wicker, Dianne Feinstein, Jeff Merkley and U.S. Representatives Nancy Pelosi, Dan Lipinski and Frank Wolf introduced Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, which would update the United States–Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992 and U.S. commitment to democratic development in Hong Kong.[27][28][29][30][31][32]

Terrorism[edit]

He voted in favor of the 2012 NDAA that sparked controversy over indefinite detention of US citizens.[33]

In December 2015, Brown co-sponsored a bill in Congress which would restrict ISIS' financing by authorizing new sanctions on foreign financial institutions that knowingly facilitate financial transactions with ISIS. The bill called for tightening international passport regulations and additional screening of those attempting to enter the U.S. on certain types of visas. The bill would also provide grants to local law enforcement agencies to train for active shooter situations and terrorist attacks and to conduct cyber-training to identify and track extremists such as the couple behind the 2015 San Bernardino attack. He also called for banning those on the no-fly list from purchasing assault weapons.[34][35][36]

Veterans[edit]

Ohio Wing Civil Air Patrol delegation with Brown in 2012

In 2014, Brown introduced the Gold Star Fathers Act of 2014 (S. 2323; 113th Congress), a bill that would expand preferred eligibility for federal jobs to the fathers of certain permanently disabled or deceased veterans.[37] Brown said that "when a service member is killed in action or permanently and totally disabled, the government should do its part to be there for grieving parents - no matter if they're fathers or mothers."[38]

In 2015, Brown and U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan introduced legislation that would give military veterans priority in scheduling classes in colleges, universities, and other post-secondary education programs.[39]

Energy and environment[edit]

In 2012, Brown co-sponsored the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act, a bill that would prohibit the export of some electronics for environmental reasons.[40]

Gun rights[edit]

Brown consistently votes in favor of gun control, which has earned him a "F" rating from the National Rifle Association (NRA).[41] He has criticized the political influence of gun manufactures [42]

Brown called the Republican legislature in Ohio "lunatics" for introducing a concealed carry bill that would allow individuals to carry guns into airplane terminals before security, police buildings, private airplanes, and daycares.[43]

In the wake of the Orlando nightclub shooting, Brown participated in the Chris Murphy gun control filibuster.[44] A few weeks later, Brown voted for the Feinstein Amendment, which would have banned any individual on the terrorist watchlist from buying a gun.[45]

In response to the 2017 Las Vegas shooting, Brown supported Dianne Feinstein's efforts to ban bump stocks.[46]

Banking and finance industry[edit]

In February 2013, conservative commentator George F. Will wrote in support of Brown's proposal to break up consolidated banks and finance industry conglomerates, ending "too big to fail" by restoring the Glass-Steagall Act.[47]

In 2016, after the leak of the Panama Papers, Brown and Elizabeth Warren urged the Treasury Department to investigate whether U.S. individuals were involved in possible tax avoidance and misconduct associated with the Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca.[48]

Stimulus spending[edit]

In 2009, Brown voted for the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. He cast the 60th and final vote upon returning to Washington D.C. after his mother's funeral service.[49]

Flint water crisis[edit]

In the wake of the Flint water crisis, Brown introduced legislation that would force the federal government to step in when cities and states fail to warn residents about lead-contaminated drinking water and to give Ohio's school districts money to test it.[50][51][52]

Health care[edit]

In 2007, Brown and Sam Brownback (R-KS) sponsored an amendment to the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007. President George W. Bush signed the bill in September 2007.[citation needed] The amendment established a prize as an incentive for companies to invest in new drugs and vaccines for neglected tropical diseases. It awards a transferable "Priority Review Voucher" to any company that obtains approval for a treatment for a neglected tropical disease. This provision adds to the market based incentives available for the development of new medicines for developing world diseases in the developing world, among them malaria, tuberculosis and African sleeping sickness.[citation needed] The prize had been proposed by Duke University faculty members Henry Grabowski, Jeffrey Moe, and David Ridley in their 2006 Health Affairs paper "Developing Drugs for Developing Countries."[53]

Brown supported the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, voting for it in December 2009,[54] and he voted for the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.[55]

LGBT rights[edit]

Brown voted against prohibiting same-sex couples from adopting children in Washington D.C. He received a 100% score from the Human Rights Campaign in 2005-2006, indicating a pro-gay rights stance.[56][57] On December 18, 2010, he voted in favor of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010.[58][59]

Education[edit]

Brown speaks at 2014 Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C

In 2015, Brown introduced the Charter School Accountability Act of 2015, which would seek to curb "fraud, abuse, waste, mismanagement and misconduct" in charter schools.[60][61]

Intellectual property[edit]

Brown was a cosponsor of the Protect-IP Act (PIPA).[62]

Trade[edit]

Brown talks about Making America Competitive Again and Restoring U.S. Innovation Leadership

Brown has criticized free trade with China and other countries. In a 2006 Washington Post article, Brown argued against free trade on the grounds that labor activism was responsible for the growth of the U.S. middle class, and that the U.S. economy is harmed by trade relations with countries that lack the kind of labor regulations that have resulted from that activism.[63]

In 2011, the Columbus Dispatch noted that Brown "loves to rail against international trade agreements."[64] Brown's book, Myths of Free Trade, argues that "an unregulated global economy is a threat to all of us."[65] In his book, he recommends adopting measures that would allow for emergency tariffs, protect Buy America laws, including those that give preference to minority and women-owned businesses, and hold foreign producers to American labor and environmental standards.[66] Brown was the co-author and sponsor of a bill that would officially declare China a currency manipulator and require the Department of Commerce to impose countervailing duties on Chinese imports.[67][68]

Brown speaks at 2008 Labor Day Festival

In May 2016, Brown called for tariffs to be imposed on imports from China and praised Hillary Clinton's plan to enforce rules and trade laws and triple the enforcement budgets at the United States Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission.[69]

In January 2018, Brown expressed support for President Donald Trump's decision to impose tariffs on washing machine imports.[70]

Employment[edit]

In 2012, Brown wrote a letter to the United States Department of Defense requesting that it comply with a rule requiring members of the military to wear clothes made in the U.S.[71]

In a 2016 CNN interview, Brown criticized Donald Trump for making "a lot of money apparently by outsourcing jobs to China."[69]

Elections[edit]

2006
Sherrod Brown at a campaign rally
Brown hosts a panel of advisers to Barack Obama's presidential campaign during the first day of the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado

In August 2005, Brown announced he would not run for the United States Senate seat held by Republican Mike DeWine.[72] In October, however, Brown reconsidered his decision.[73] His announcement came shortly after Democrat Paul Hackett stated that he would soon announce his candidacy.

On February 13, 2006, Hackett withdrew from the race, all but ensuring that Brown would win the Democratic nomination. In the May 2 primary, Brown won 78.05% of the Democratic vote. His opponent, Merrill Samuel Keiser Jr., received 21.95% of the vote.[74]

In the middle of his Senate campaign in April 2006, Brown, along with John Conyers, brought an action against George W. Bush and others, alleging violations of the Constitution in the passage of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005.[75] The case, Conyers v. Bush, was ultimately dismissed for lack of standing.[76]

On November 7, 2006, Brown faced two-term incumbent senator Mike DeWine in the general election. Brown won the seat with 56% of the vote to DeWine's 44%.[77]

2012

Brown stood for reelection in 2012, defeating opponent Josh Mandel, who in 2010 had defeated the incumbent state treasurer by 14 points. Mandel raised $2.3 million in the second quarter of 2011 alone, to Brown's $1.5 million.[78] Early on, Brown enjoyed a steady lead in the polls.[79] Mandel won the March Republican primary with 63% of the vote.[80]

The Washington Post reported that no candidate running for reelection, save Barack Obama, faced more opposition in 2012 by outside groups. As of April 2012, over $5.1 million had been spent on television ads opposing Brown, according to data provided by a Senate Democratic campaign operative. The United States Chamber of Commerce spent $2.7 million. 60 Plus Association, a conservative group that opposes health care reform, spent another $1.4 million. Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS and the Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee also spent heavily in the race.[81] In May 2012, Brown campaigned with West Wing actor Martin Sheen.[82]

Controversial remarks[edit]

In March 2011, Brown came under scrutiny for a Senate floor speech in which he cited the names of Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin while he criticized Republican efforts in Ohio and Wisconsin to mitigate the power of public employee unions to negotiate with taxpayers. In his speech he said "some of the worst governments that we've ever had, do you know one of the first things they did? They went after unions. Hitler didn't want unions, Stalin didn't want unions, Mubarak didn't want independent unions".[83] In his speech, Brown said "I'm not comparing what's happened to the workers in Madison or in Columbus to Hitler and Stalin." He later apologized for his speech.[84][85][86]

Committee assignments (115th Congress)[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Brown's second wife, Connie Schultz, is a former newspaper columnist at the Cleveland Plain Dealer, but resigned because being a politician's spouse presented a conflict of interest.[87] She won a Pulitzer Prize in 2005.[88] She is also the author of Life Happens (2007) and ...and His Lovely Wife (2008), in which she describes her experiences as the spouse of a U.S. Senate candidate.[89] Brown was previously married to Larke Recchie from 1979 to 1987. Brown is the father of four children: two from his marriage to Recchie and two children from his marriage to Schultz. He has five grandchildren.[90]

On May 18, 2014, Brown was awarded an honorary doctor of public service degree from Otterbein University. Along with his wife, Brown delivered a keynote address at the undergraduate commencement.[91]

Books authored[edit]

Brown is the author of two books:

  • Congress from the Inside: Observations from the Majority and the Minority ISBN 0-87338-630-2
  • Myths of Free Trade: Why American Trade Policy Has Failed ISBN 1-56584-928-0

Electoral history[edit]

Ohio Secretary of State Democratic primary election, 1982
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sherrod Brown 304,952 34
Democratic Dennis Kucinich 246,618 27
Democratic Anthony Calabrese 214,901 24
Democratic Francis Gaul 136,568 15
Ohio Secretary of State election, 1982
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sherrod Brown 1,739,602 54
Republican Virgil Brown 1,362,079 42
Libertarian Margaret Ann Leech 143,943 4
Ohio Secretary of State election, 1986
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sherrod Brown (inc.) 1,805,833 60
Republican Vincent Campanella 1,217,803 40
Ohio Secretary of State election, 1990
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bob Taft 1,809,416 53
Democratic Sherrod Brown (inc.) 1,604,058 47
Ohio's 13th congressional district, 1992[92]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sherrod Brown 134,486 53
Republican Margaret R. Mueller 88,889 35
Independent Mark Miller 20,320 8
Independent Tom Lawson 4,719 2
Independent Werner J. Lange 3,844 2
Ohio's 13th congressional district, 1994[92]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sherrod Brown 93,147 49
Republican Gregory A. White 86,422 46
Independent Howard Mason 7,777 4
Independent John M. Ryan 2,430 1
Ohio's 13th congressional district, 1996[92]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sherrod Brown 148,690 61
Republican Kenneth C. Blair, Jr. 87,108 36
Natural Law David Kluter 8,707 4
Ohio's 13th congressional district, 1998[92]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sherrod Brown 116,309 62
Republican Grace L. Drake 72,666 38
Ohio's 13th congressional district, 2000[92]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sherrod Brown 170,058 65
Republican Rick H. Jeric 84,295 32
Libertarian Michael Chmura 5,837 2
Natural Law David Kluter 3,108 1
Ohio's 13th congressional district, 2002[92]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sherrod Brown 123,025 69
Republican Ed Oliveros 55,357 31
Ohio's 13th congressional district, 2004[92]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sherrod Brown 201,004 67
Republican Robert Lucas 97,090 33
U.S. Senate Democratic primary election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sherrod Brown 583,776 78
Democratic Merrill Samuel Keiser, Jr. 163,628 22
U.S. Senate (Class I) elections in Ohio, 2006[92]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sherrod Brown 2,257,369 56
Republican Mike DeWine 1,761,037 44
Independent Richard Duncan (write-in) 830 0
U.S. Senate (Class I) elections in Ohio, 2012[92]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sherrod Brown 2,762,757 51
Republican Josh Mandel 2,435,740 45
Independent Scott Rupert 250,617 4

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Senate Democrats lock in key committee memberships." The Hill. (December 12, 2014).
  2. ^ 1. Sherrod Campbell Brown from freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com
  3. ^ a b c d e Hayes, Christopher (21 November 2015). "Who is Sherrod Brown?". In These Times. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "About". SherrodBrown.com. Retrieved August 16, 2012. 
  5. ^ "America's ethnic makeover routs Mitt Romney". The Times Of India. 
  6. ^ Barone, Michael (2004). Almanac of American Politics. The National Journal. 
  7. ^ "Ohio: Thirteenth District". 1998 Almanac. National Journal. Retrieved August 16, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Redistricting could push Brown into governor race". Business First Columbus. January 12, 2001. Retrieved May 23, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Democratic Leaders Reid, Hoyer Say Cafta Will Fail". Bloomberg L.P. May 3, 2005. Retrieved August 16, 2012. 
  10. ^ Nagourney, Adam (May 7, 2006). "Early Intensity Underlines Role of Races in Ohio". New York Times. Retrieved August 16, 2012. 
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