Speaker's Biography:

Jerry Brown
California Governor

Jerry Brown was elected governor of California in 2010. He previously held that office for two terms, from 1975 to 1983. During his political career, he has also served as California's attorney general, mayor of Oakland and California secretary of state. He has also been a three-time Democratic candidate for president; his 1992 campaign was noteworthy for its innovative grassroots strategies and advocacy of campaign finance reform. During the 1980s, Brown led delegations to China and the Soviet Union, spent six months in Japan studying Japanese culture and Buddhist practice, worked with Mother Teresa in India and traveled to Bangladesh as a CARE goodwill ambassador during the floods of 1988. He founded the Oakland School for the Arts and the Oakland Military Institute, both of which serve students from the sixth through twelfth grades. Brown received a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a J.D. from Yale Law School.