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Sherrod Brown
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U.S. Senate, Ohio
Incumbent
In office
2007-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2019
Years in position 7
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorMike DeWine (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$8.90 in 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next generalNovember 2018
Campaign $$37,108,744
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House of Representatives
1993-2006
Ohio Secretary of State
1982-1990
Ohio House of Representatives
1975-1982
Education
Bachelor'sRussian Studies, Yale University, 1974
Master'sEducation, Ohio State University, 1981
Personal
BirthdayNovember 9, 1952
Place of birthMansfield, OH
Net worth$639,003.50
ReligionLutheran
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Sherrod Brown campaign logo.

Sherrod Brown (b. November 9, 1952, in Mansfield, OH) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from Ohio. Brown was first elected to the Senate in 2006 and is currently serving his second term, having won re-election on November 6, 2012 He was unopposed in the Democratic primary on March 6, 2012, and defeated Josh Mandel (R), John Fockler Jr. (L) and Joseph DeMare (G) in the November 6, 2012 general election.

Brown is set to run for re-election in Ohio in November of 2018.

Prior to his election to the Senate, Brown served two terms as Ohio's Secretary of State.[1]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Brown is one of the most reliable Democratic votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Democratic Party in Congress.

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Brown's academic, professional and political career:[2]

  • 1974: Graduated from Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
  • 1981: Graduated from Ohio State University, Ohio
  • 1979-1981: Worked as a member of the faculty, Ohio State University, Mansfield, Ohio
  • 1975-1982: Served as member of the Ohio House of Representatives
  • 1983-1991: Served as Ohio Secretary of State
  • 1993-2007: Served as Democrat to U.S. Congress from Ohio
  • 2007-Present: U.S Senator from Ohio

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2013-2014

Brown serves on the following committees:[3]

  • Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
    • Subcommittee on Nutrition, Specialty Crops, Food and Agricultural Research
    • Subcommittee on Jobs, Rural Economic Growth and Energy Innovation
    • Subcommittee on Commodities, Markets, Trade and Risk Management
  • Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
    • Subcommittee on National Security and International Trade and Finance
    • Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection Members
    • Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation and Community Development
  • Ethics
  • Veterans' Affairs
  • Committee on Finance
    • The Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions and Family Policy Chair
    • The Subcommittee on Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Growth
    • The Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness

2011-2012

Brown served on the following Senate committees:[4]

  • Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
    • Subcommittee on Nutrition and Food Assistance, Sustainable and Organic Agriculture, and General Legislation
    • Subcommittee on Energy, Science and Technology
    • Subcommittee on Hunger, Nutrition, and Family Farms
  • Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
    • Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Legislative Branch
    • Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
  • Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
    • Subcommittee on Economic Policy
    • Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance, and Investment
    • Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development
  • Ethics
  • Veterans' Affairs

Key votes

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[5] The Senate has confirmed 16,878 out of 19,009 executive nominations received thus far (88.8%). For more information pertaining to Brown's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

John Brennan CIA nomination

Voted "Yes" Brown voted for the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.[7]

Economy

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Voted "Yes" Brown voted for H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.[8]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[9] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Brown voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.[10]

Brown donated his salary to the Honor Flight Network while the government was shutdown.[11]

Immigration

Mexico-U.S. border

Voted "No" Brown voted against Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.[12]

Social issues

Violence Against Women (2013)

Voted "Yes" Brown voted for S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.[13]

WWII Memorial

A group of World War II veterans, associated with the Mississippi Gulf Coast Honor Flight, wanting to pay their respects at the WWII Memorial were met with signs and barriers upon their arrival. They refused to let their trip be affected by the government shutdown and made their way through the barriers. Many congressional members from both parties spoke their approval of the move, including Sen. Sherrod Brown and Rep. Michele Bachmann, who was in attendance. Rep. Steve King and Rep. Steve Palazzo aided the veterans by distracting park police and helping move the gates.[11]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Brown voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by an 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.[14]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Sherrod Brown's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Brown is a Populist-Leaning Liberal. Brown received a score of 66 percent on social issues and 11 percent on economic issues.[15]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[16]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Favors
Expand ObamaCare Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Opposes
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Opposes Human needs over animal rights Strongly Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Opposes
Support & expand free trade Strongly Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Opposes
Prioritize green energy Favors Expand the military Opposes
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Neutral Stay out of Iran Favors
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Strongly Opposes
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[15]

Campaign themes

2012

Brown's campaign website listed the following issues:[17]

  • Jobs
Excerpt: "Sherrod believes Ohio and our nation’s economic strength and national security are drawn from a strong manufacturing base."
  • Energy
Excerpt: "Sherrod has led the fight for our nation’s energy policy to focus on decreasing our dependence on foreign oil and creating manufacturing jobs in Ohio. Sherrod has long recognized that a smart energy policy is also smart jobs policy and that Ohio is leading the nation."
  • Fiscal Responsibility
Excerpt: "Sherrod supports a five-year freeze on spending subject to the annual appropriations process, which will save $400 billion. He also supports health care reform, which will save $143 billion in the first decade, and another $ 1 trillion in the next according to the Congressional Budget Office."
  • Standing Up for Seniors
Excerpt: "Throughout his career, Sherrod has fought to protect Social Security and Medicare from privatization and other short-sighted attempts to undermine the guaranteed benefits retirees earned and deserve."
  • A Family Doctor for Every Family
Excerpt: "Since first taking office, promoting quality health care for every American has been one of Sherrod’s top priorities."
  • Agriculture and Ohio’s Rural Economy
Excerpt: "As Ohio’s first Senator to serve on the Senate Agriculture Committee in more than forty years, Sherrod is fighting to support the state’s farmers and its number one industry–agriculture."

Elections

2012

See also: United States Senate elections in Ohio, 2012

Brown won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2012.[18] He was unopposed in the Democratic primary and defeated Josh Mandel (R), John Fockler Jr. (L) and Joseph DeMare (G) in the November 6 general election.[19]

U.S. Senate, Ohio General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSherrod Brown Incumbent 50.7% 2,762,690
     Republican Josh Mandel 44.7% 2,435,712
     Independent Scott Rupert 4.6% 250,616
Total Votes 5,449,018
Source: Ohio Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Outside spending

Brown's bid for re-election against Republican challenger Josh Mandel received significant outside attention and spending. Early on, conservatives identified Brown's seat as a potential flip in their quest to turn the Senate back over into Republican control because Brown is a staunch progressive in a swing state. As a result, right-leaning groups, led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, spent more than $11.5 million on anti-Brown ad campaigns. The conservative group Crossroads GPS spent $6.7 million on ad space during the last five weeks of the campaign.[20]

Ads

On July 24, 2012, Brown released a 30-second ad titled, "Both From Ohio."

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Brown is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Brown raised a total of $37,108,744 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[22]

Sherrod Brown's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. Senate Won $24,840,222
2006 U.S. Senate Won $8,937,004
2004 U.S. House of Representatives (Ohio District 13) Won $1,047,900
2002 U.S. House of Representatives (Ohio District 13) Won $1,157,747
2000 U.S. House of Representatives (Ohio District 13) Won $1,125,871
Grand Total Raised $37,108,744

2012

Breakdown of the source of Brown's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Brown won election to the U.S. Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Brown's campaign committee raised a total of $24,840,422 and spent $24,576,366.[23] This is more than the average $10.2 million spent by Senate winners in 2012.[24]

Cost per vote

Brown spent $8.90 per vote received in 2012.

2006

Brown won election to the U.S. Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Brown's campaign committee raised a total of $8,045,279 and spent $4,141,162.[25]


Polls

2012 Election

October 2012

Sherrod Brown vs. Josh Mandel
Poll Sherrod Brown Josh MandelUndecidedOtherMargin of ErrorSample Size
Rasmussen Reports
(October 7, 2012)
46%46%6%2%+/-4.5500
Survey USA
(October 12-15, 2012)
43%38%13%5%+/-4613
AVERAGES 44.5% 42% 9.5% 3.5% +/-4.25 556.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

November 2011 - September 2012

Sherrod Brown vs. Josh Mandel
Poll Sherrod Brown Josh MandelUndecidedOtherMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling (November 4-6, 2011)
49%34%17%0%+/-3.11,022
Quinnipiac University (October 17-23, 2011)
49%34%14%1%+/-2.41,668
Rasmussen Reports
(July 18, 2012)
46%42%8%4%+/-4.5500
Quinnipiac University
(July 24-30, 2012)
51%39%0%0%+/-31,193
Rasmussen Reports
(August 13, 2012)
44%44%9%3%+/-4.5500
Quinnipiac University
(August 15-21, 2012)
48%41%10%1%+/-2.81,253
University of Cincinnati
(August 16-21, 2012)
48%47%1%5%+/-3.4847
Rasmussen Reports
(September 15, 2012)
49%41%7%3%+/-4.5500
Quinnipiac University
(September 26, 2012)
50%40%9%0%+/-2.91,162
AVERAGES 48.22% 40.22% 8.33% 1.89% +/-3.46 960.56
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

A Rasmussen Reports poll, conducted August 13, 2012, showed Brown running even with Republican challenger Josh Mandel.[26]

A Quinnipiac University poll, conducted July 24-30, 2012, showed Brown leading Republican challenger Josh Mandel by double digits.[27]

A Rasmussen Reports poll, conducted July 18, 2012, showed Brown with a slight lead over Republican challenger Josh Mandel (R).[28]

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Brown's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $383,007 to $895,000. That averages to $639,003.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Senate members in 2012 of $13,566,333.90. Brown ranked as the 77th most wealthy senator in 2012.[29] Between 2004 and 2012, Brown's calculated net worth[30] increased by an average of 9 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[31]

Sherrod Brown Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$376,183
2012$639,003
Growth from 2004 to 2012:70%
Average annual growth:9%[32]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[33]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking'

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Brown is a "far-left Democrat" as of June 27, 2013.[34]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[35]

Brown most often votes with:

Brown least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Brown missed 25 of 1,935 roll call votes from January 2007 to April 2013, which is 1.3% of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving.[36]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Brown paid his congressional staff a total of $,3027,608 in 2011. He ranked 10th on the list of the highest paid Democratic senatorial staff salaries and ranked 12th overall of the highest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Ohio ranked 8th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[37]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Brown tied with two other U.S. Senators, ranking 7th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. Senate.[38]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Brown was tied with four other members of the U.S. Senate, ranking 5th in the liberal rankings among U.S. senators.[39]

Voting with party

June 2013

Sherrod Brown voted with the Democratic Party 95.5 percent of the time, which ranked 24 among the 52 Senate Democratic members as of June 2013.[40]

Personal

Brown and his wife, Connie Schultz, have three daughters and a son.[1]

Recent news

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Senate.gov, "Biography," accessed April 2, 2014
  2. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Sherrod Brown," accessed October 24, 2011
  3. Congressional Quarterly, "Senate Committees List," accessed January 18, 2013
  4. Project Vote Smart, "Sherrod Brown's Biography," accessed April 2, 2014
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  7. Project Vote Smart, "PN 48 - Nomination of John Brennan to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  8. Project Vote Smart, "HR 325 - To Ensure the Complete and Timely Payment of the Obligations of the United States Government Until May 19, 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  9. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  10. Senate.gov, "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  11. 11.0 11.1 Huffington Post, "Badass WWII veterans storm memorial on National Mall, defy government shutdown closure," accessed October 1, 2013
  12. Project Vote Smart, "S Amdt 1197 - Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  13. Project Vote Smart, "S 47 - Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  14. U.S. Senate, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  15. 15.0 15.1 On The Issues, "Sherrod Brown Vote Match," accessed June 23, 2014
  16. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
  17. SherrodBrown.com, "Issues," accessed August 10, 2012
  18. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Ohio"
  19. Ohio Secretary of State, "Unofficial election results," accessed March 6, 2012
  20. Washington Post, "Sen. Sherrod Brown targeted by U.S. Chamber, outside conservative groups," accessed August 14, 2012
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006"
  22. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Sherrod Brown," accessed March 2013
  23. Open Secrets, "Sherrod Brown 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 4, 2013
  24. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  25. Open Secrets, "Sherrod Brown 2006 Election Cycle," accessed October 29, 2011
  26. Rasmussen Reports, Election 2012: Ohio Senate, accessed August 15, 2012
  27. Cleveland Plain Dealer, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown leads challenger Josh Mandel by 12 points in new poll, accessed August 7, 2012
  28. Rasmussen Reports, Election 2012: Ohio Senate, accessed July 23, 2012
  29. Open Secrets, "Brown, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  30. This figure represents the average annual percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below) to 2012, divided by the number of years calculated.
  31. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  32. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  33. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  34. GovTrack, "Sherrod Brown," accessed March 3, 2012
  35. OpenCongress, "Sherrod Brown," accessed September 3, 2013
  36. GovTrack, "Sherrod Brown," accessed April 2013
  37. LegiStorm, "Sherrod Brown"
  38. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  39. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  40. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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U.S. Senate - Ohio
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