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Brad Sherman
Brad Sherman.jpg
U.S. House, California, District 27
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 18
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 5, 1996
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of California, Los Angeles
J.D.Harvard University
Date of birthOctober 24, 1954
Place of birthLos Angeles, California
ProfessionAccountant, Attorney
Office website
Campaign website
Bradley James "Brad" Sherman (b. October 24, 1954) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing California's 27th congressional district. Sherman was first elected to the House in 1996.

Sherman is running for re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 30th District as a Democrat. He was displaced from his current district, the 27th by redistricting.[1] District 28 incumbent Rep. Howard Berman is running as a Democrat, while Mark Reed and Susan Shelley are running as Republicans in the June 5, 2012 open primary election.

The primary battle between Howard Berman and Sherman made Politico's list of the 5 ugliest member vs. member battles.[2]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Sherman is a "rank-and-file Democrat".[3]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Sherman's academic, professional and political career:[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Sherman serves on the following committees:[5]

  • Financial Services Committee
    • Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises
    • Subcommittee on Courts and Competition Policy
    • Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity
  • Foreign Affairs Committee
    • Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific
    • Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade
    • Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia


Political positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Brad Sherman voted with the Democratic Party 94.2% of the time, which ranked 36 among the 192 House Democratic members as of 2011.[6]

Campaign themes


Sherman's campaign website lists the following issues:[7]'

  • Fixing the Economy
Excerpt: "When the recession hit, Brad Sherman made job creation his top priority. He voted for legislation that saved or created more than 3 million jobs. As a result, construction was accelerated on transportation projects in the San Fernando Valley, like the 405-Sepulveda Pass freeway widening project."
  • Standing Up to Wall Street
Excerpt: "As a CPA and tax policy expert, Brad Sherman led the effort to oppose the Bush Administration’s TARP bailouts of Wall Street. He successfully fought to prevent future bailouts. He helped author the legislation to protect consumers from credit and mortgage fraud, increase capital requirements for banks, and end conflicts of interest for bond rating agencies. "
  • Protecting Social Security and Medicare
Excerpt: "Top Republican leaders are proposing privatizing Social Security and Medicare, cutting benefits, and raising the retirement age to 70. Brad Sherman strongly opposes all efforts to replace Social Security with private accounts that will place retirees at the mercy of the Wall Street."
  • Protecting the Environment
Excerpt: "Brad Sherman has been a strong environmental leader, providing critical support for the protection and expansion of park lands in the Santa Monica Mountains. He has worked to improve the Sepulveda Basin recreation area, and to build more local playgrounds, sports fields and bike lanes."
  • The U.S.-Israel Relationship
Excerpt: "For almost 15 years, I have served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. I have been the lead Democratic member on the subcommittee dealing with Terrorism and Nonproliferation since 2003. Throughout my term in Congress, I have worked to support U.S. friendship and increased cooperation with Israel, our only close ally in the Middle East."
  • Strengthening U.S.-Armenia Ties
Excerpt: "As a senior member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, I have focused on recognizing the Armenian Genocide, increasing funding to Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh, and increasing military training aid for Armenia. I have also recently met with the President of Armenia as well as the Speaker of the Parliament of Nagorno-Karabakh to discuss strengthening ties between the United States, Armenia, and Artsakh."
  • The U.S.-Greece Relationship
Excerpt: "As a senior member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and a member of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, I am a supporter of a strong U.S.-Greek relationship."



See also: California's 30th congressional district elections, 2012

Sherman is running for re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 30th District as a Democrat. He was displaced from his current district, the 27th by redistricting. He is running against Vince Gilmore (D), district 27 incumbent Howard Berman (D), Mark Reed (R), Susan Shelley (R), Navraj Singh (R), and Michael Powelson (Green) in the June 5, 2012, open primary.[8]


On November 2, 2010, Sherman won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Mark Reed in the general election.[9]

U.S. House, California District 27 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBrad Sherman Incumbent 65.2% 102,927
     Republican Mark Reed 34.8% 55,056
Total Votes 157,983

Campaign donors


Sherman won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Sherman's campaign committee raised a total of $1,743,592 and spent $818,273.[10]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

Recent news

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Sherman and his wife, Lisa, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Adam Schiff
U.S. House of Representatives - California, District 27
Succeeded by