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Julia Brownley

Julia Brownley
Julia Brownley official photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 26th district

January 3, 2013
David Dreier
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 41st district

December 4, 2006 - November 30, 2012
Fran Pavley
Chris Holden
Personal details
Born (1952-08-28) August 28, 1952 (age 67)
Aiken, South Carolina, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationGeorge Washington University (BA)
American University (MBA)

Julia Andrews Brownley (born August 28, 1952) is an American politician who has been the United States Representative for California's 26th congressional district since 2013. Previously she served in the California State Assembly from 2006 to 2012.[1] She is a Democrat. Before her political career, she worked in marketing and sales.[2]

Early life, education, and career

Brownley grew up in Virginia, and attended Fairfax Hall, an established girls Boarding School in Waynesboro, for four years. She came from a Republican family. Brownley received a bachelor's degree in political science from Mount Vernon College for Women of George Washington University in 1975 and a master's degree in business administration from American University in 1979.[2][3]

Brownley served on the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education from 1994 to 2006. During her time on the school board, she served three terms as president.[4]

California State Assembly (2007-2013)

Brownley during her tenure in the California State Assembly


In 2006, she ran for the California State Assembly in California's 41st Assembly District.[3] Brownley won a five-way Democratic primary with 35% of the vote.[5] Brownley won the general election with 62% of the vote.[5][6] In 2008, she won re-election to a second term with 66% of the vote.[7] In 2010, she won re-election to a third term with 59% of the vote.[8] Brownley was term-limited in 2012, having served the maximum of three terms in the Assembly permitted under California law.[9]

She was endorsed by the League of Conservation Voters.[10]


In 2010, Brownley authored a bill that would have banned all plastic shopping bags. The bill did not pass.[11][12]

Committee assignments

Brownley served on the following California State Assembly committees:[13]

  • Aging and Long-Term Care Committee
  • Education Committee (Chair)
  • Higher Education Committee
  • Judiciary Committee
  • Legislative Budget Committee
  • Natural Resources Joint Legislative Budget Committee
  • Select Committee on Community Colleges

U.S. House of Representatives (2013-present)


Brownley's freshman portrait


In February 2012, Brownley announced her candidacy for California's 26th congressional district.[14] The district had previously been the 24th district, represented by 13-term Republican Elton Gallegly. In the general election, Brownley defeated Republican Tony Strickland by a margin of 53%-47%.[15]

She was endorsed by Emily's List[16] and Planned Parenthood.[17]


Brownley ran for re-election in 2014, facing Republican Jeff Gorell in the general election.[18] Brownley is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program, which is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents. After Republican candidates garnered over 50% of the vote in the June 2014 blanket primary, the Cook Political Report changed the rating of the race from "Leans Democratic" to "Toss-up."[19][20] The election did become a close race, making for closer scrutiny of the results. Initial results show Brownley winning 51% to 49%, with about 4,000 votes separating the candidates.[21]

Political positions

Brownley supports the DREAM Act, the Affordable Care Act, and same-sex marriage. She has advocated in favor of increased insurance company regulation, job training funds, toxic clean-up, and increased public education funding.[22] Since her election to Congress, Brownley has voted with the Democratic Party 93% of the time.[23] Brownley voted on Nov. 19, 2015, for HR 4038, legislation that would effectively halt the resettlement of refugees from Syria and Iraq to the United States.[24]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Electoral history

California's 26th congressional district election, 2014
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
General election
Democratic Julia Brownley 87,176 51.3
Republican Jeff Gorell 82,653 48.7
Total votes 169,829 100.0
Democratic hold
California's 26th congressional district election, 2012
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tony Strickland 49,043 44.1
Democratic Julia Brownley 29,892 26.9
No party preference Linda Parks 20,301 18.3
Democratic Jess Herrera 7,244 6.5
Democratic David Cruz Thayne 2,809 2.5
Democratic Alex Maxwell Goldberg 1,880 1.7
Total votes 111,169 100.0
General election
Democratic Julia Brownley 139,072 52.7
Republican Tony Strickland 124,863 47.3
Total votes 263,935 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican

Personal life

Brownley is divorced and has two children.[2]

See also


  1. ^ Julia Brownley Councilmember 41st Assembly District, juliabrownley.com; accessed November 15, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "California, 26th House District". National Journal. November 1, 2012. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Julia Brownley (D)". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ "Rep. Julia Brownley (D-Calif.)". Roll Call. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ a b "California House of Representatives elections, 2006". Ballotpedia. Ballotpedia. Retrieved 2014.
  6. ^ "Election 2008: Results". Los Angeles Times. November 6, 2008. Retrieved 2014.
  7. ^ "November 4, 2008 General Election - Statement of Vote". California Secretary of State. Archived from the original on November 30, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  8. ^ "November 2, 2010 General Election - Statement of Vote". California Secretary of State. Archived from the original on August 10, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  9. ^ Fauquher, Tom (June 13, 2011). "Torie Osborn Picks Up Key Endorsement in Bid for Malibu's State Assembly Seat". Malibu Patch. Retrieved 2014.
  10. ^ "Candidates make final push in Assembly race". Malibu Times. May 31, 2006. Retrieved 2014.
  11. ^ Francis, Enjoli (September 1, 2010). "California Strikes Down Proposal to Ban Plastic Bags". ABC News. Retrieved 2014.
  12. ^ Yamamura, Kevin (January 22, 2013). "Assembly Democrat wants grocery store ban on plastic bags". Sacramento Bee. Retrieved 2014.
  13. ^ "Julia Brownley". Ballotpedia. Ballotpedia. Retrieved 2014.
  14. ^ Herdt, Timm (February 19, 2012). "Assemblywoman joins 26th Congressional District race". Ventura County Star. Retrieved 2012.
  15. ^ "California 26th District - Strickland vs. Brownley". Real Clear Politics. Retrieved 2014.
  16. ^ Merl, Jean (April 20, 2012). "Emily's List backs Julia Brownley for Congress". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2014.
  17. ^ "Brownley the better choice". Camarillo Acorn. October 12, 2012. Retrieved 2014.
  18. ^ Modesti, Kevin (June 18, 2014). "Brownley vs. Gorell congressional race will get attention now". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved 2014.
  19. ^ Livingston, Abby (March 5, 2013). "At the Races -- Roll Call's Politics Blog DCCC Announces 26 Members on Frontline Incumbent Retention Program". Roll Call. Retrieved 2014.
  20. ^ "2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR SEPTEMBER 12, 2014". Cook Political Report. September 12, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  21. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 18, 2014. Retrieved 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  22. ^ Bartholomew, Dana (October 23, 2012). "Julia Brownley vs. Tony Strickland pits liberal and conservative in close race for newly drawn 26th District". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved 2014.
  23. ^ "Julia Brownley (D)". The U.S. Congress Votes Database. Washington Post. Retrieved 2014.
  24. ^ Wire, Sarah D. "Inside the Syrian refugee vote: California representatives explain what shaped their votes". latimes.com. Retrieved 2018.
  25. ^ "Members". New Democrat Coalition. Retrieved 2018.
  26. ^ "Members". House Baltic Caucus. Retrieved 2018.
  27. ^ "Membership". Congressional Arts Caucus. Retrieved 2018.

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