38 Facts About Governor Jerry Brown

1. Governor Jerry Brown has a long-term friendship with his aide Jacques Barzaghi, whom he met in the early 1970s and put on his payroll.

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2. In March 2005, Governor Jerry Brown announced his engagement to his girlfriend since 1990, Anne Gust, former chief administrative officer for The Gap.

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3. Governor Jerry Brown commuted more than 82 sentences, the highest number since at least the 1940s.

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4. Governor Jerry Brown has opposed the Proposition 6 ballot measure to repeal the Road Repair and Accountability Act, and endorsed Gavin Newsom to succeed him.

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5. In October 2015, Governor Jerry Brown signed off the California End of Life Option Act allowing residents of California who fulfilled strict criteria to exercise the right to die by accessing medical aid in dying.

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6. Governor Jerry Brown responded that the cash payment upfront required by the investment would have been unfair to California taxpayers.

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7. Governor Jerry Brown announced his bid for re-election on February 27, 2014.

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8. On June 28, 2012, Governor Jerry Brown signed a budget that made deep cuts to social services with the assumption that voters would pass $8 billion in tax increases in November 2012 to close California's $15.7-billion budget deficit.

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9. Governor Jerry Brown moved to resume capital punishment in 2010 with the execution of Albert Greenwood Brown after the lifting of a statewide moratorium by a California court.

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10. In 2004, Governor Jerry Brown expressed interest to be a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Attorney General of California in the 2006 election, and in May 2004, he formally filed to run.

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11. Governor Jerry Brown focused instead on the creation of two charter schools, the Oakland School for the Arts and the Oakland Military Institute.

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12. Governor Jerry Brown had campaigned on fixing Oakland's schools, but "bureaucratic battles" dampened his efforts.

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13. Governor Jerry Brown continued his predecessor Elihu Harris's public policy of supporting downtown housing development in the area defined as the Central Business District in Oakland's 1998 General Plan.

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14. Governor Jerry Brown spoke at the convention, and to the national viewing audience, yet without endorsing Clinton, through the device of seconding his own nomination.

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15. Governor Jerry Brown "seemed to be the most left-wing and right-wing man in the field.

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16. In early 1991, Governor Jerry Brown abruptly resigned his post and announced that he would run for the Senate seat held by the retiring Alan Cranston.

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17. Governor Jerry Brown explained, "Politics is a power struggle to get to the top of the heap.

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18. Governor Jerry Brown received only 10 percent of the vote in the New Hampshire primary, and he was forced to announce that his decision to remain in the race would depend on a good showing in the Wisconsin primary.

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19. Governor Jerry Brown opposed Kennedy's call for universal national health insurance and opposed Carter's call for an employer mandate to provide catastrophic private health insurance.

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20. Governor Jerry Brown was succeeded as governor by George Deukmejian, then state attorney general, on January 3, 1983.

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21. Governor Jerry Brown chose not to run for a third term in 1982, and instead ran for the United States Senate, but lost to San Diego Mayor Pete Wilson.

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22. Governor Jerry Brown championed the Peripheral Canal project to transport water from near Sacramento around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta into the Central Valley Project, and export it to southern California.

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23. Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 607, which banned homosexuals from receiving civil marriage licenses, in 1977.

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24. Governor Jerry Brown completed his second term having appointed a total of five gay judges, including Rand Schrader and Jerold Krieger.

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25. Governor Jerry Brown appointed the first openly gay judge in the United States when he named Stephen Lachs to serve on the Los Angeles County Superior Court in 1979.

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26. Governor Jerry Brown finished third with roughly 300 delegate votes, narrowly behind Congressman Morris Udall and Carter.

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27. Governor Jerry Brown is often credited with winning the New Jersey and Rhode Island primaries, but in reality, uncommitted slates of delegates that Brown advocated in those states finished first.

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28. Governor Jerry Brown missed the deadline in Oregon, but he ran as a write-in candidate and finished in third behind Jimmy Carter and Senator Frank Church of Idaho.

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29. Governor Jerry Brown declared: "The country is rich, but not so rich as we have been led to believe.

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30. Governor Jerry Brown began his first campaign for the Democratic nomination for president on March 16, 1976, late in the primary season and over a year after some candidates had started campaigning.

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31. Governor Jerry Brown was both in favor of a Balanced Budget Amendment and opposed to Proposition 13, the latter of which would decrease property taxes and greatly reduce revenue to cities and counties.

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32. Governor Jerry Brown reorganized the California Arts Council, boosting its funding by 1300 percent and appointing artists to the council, and appointed more women and minorities to office than any other previous California governor.

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33. Governor Jerry Brown resided at the novitiate from August 1956 to January 1960 before enrolling at the University of California, Berkeley, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Classics in 1961.

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34. In 1955, Governor Jerry Brown entered Santa Clara University for a year and left to attend Sacred Heart Novitiate, a Jesuit novice house in Los Gatos, intent on becoming a Catholic priest.

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35. Governor Jerry Brown was a member of the California Cadet Corps at St Ignatius High School, where he graduated in 1955.

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36. Governor Jerry Brown declined to pursue a third term in 1982, instead choosing to unsuccessfully run for the United States Senate during the same year.

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37. Governor Jerry Brown was elected to serve as the 23rd Secretary of State of California from 1971 to 1975.

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38. Governor Jerry Brown is both the oldest and sixth-youngest officeholder as a consequence of the 28-year gap between his second and third terms.

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