|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from California's 26th district
January 3, 2013
|Member of the California State Assembly|
from the 41st district
December 4, 2006 - November 30, 2012
|Born||August 28, 1952|
Aiken, South Carolina, U.S.
|Education||George 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. She is a Democrat. Before her political career, she worked in marketing and sales.
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.
In 2006, she ran for the California State Assembly in California's 41st Assembly District. Brownley won a five-way Democratic primary with 35% of the vote. Brownley won the general election with 62% of the vote. In 2008, she won re-election to a second term with 66% of the vote. In 2010, she won re-election to a third term with 59% of the vote. Brownley was term-limited in 2012, having served the maximum of three terms in the Assembly permitted under California law.
Brownley served on the following California State Assembly committees:
In February 2012, Brownley announced her candidacy for California's 26th congressional district. 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%.
Brownley ran for re-election in 2014, facing Republican Jeff Gorell in the general election. 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." 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.
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. Since her election to Congress, Brownley has voted with the Democratic Party 93% of the time. 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.
|No party preference||Linda Parks||20,301||18.3|
|Democratic||David Cruz Thayne||2,809||2.5|
|Democratic||Alex Maxwell Goldberg||1,880||1.7|
|Democratic gain from Republican|
Brownley is divorced and has two children.