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Julia Brownley
Julia Brownley.jpg
U.S. House, California, District 26
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
PredecessorDavid Dreier (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$2,155,828
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
California State Assembly
Santa Monica-Malibu School Board
Bachelor'sGeorge Washington University (1975)
Master'sAmerican University (1979)
Date of birthAugust 28, 1952
Place of birthAiken, South Carolina
Net worth$1,322,014
Office website
Campaign website
Julia Brownley (b. August 28, 1952) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing the 26th Congressional District of California. She was first elected in 2012. She is a former member of the California State Assembly, representing District 41 from 2006 to 2012.[1]

She was a sponsor of California Assembly Bill 220 (2009).

Brownley served on the Santa Monica-Malibu School Board from 1994-2006. She is a member of the California Commission on the Status of Women, Legislative Liaison for the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission, and Legislative Participant in the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy State Allocation Board. [2]

Brownley was ineligible to run for re-election to the California State Assembly in 2012 due to term limits. She instead sought election to the U.S. House representing the 26th Congressional District of California, and won.[1]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Brownley serves on the following committees:[3]

California General Assembly


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Brownley served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Brownley served on these committees:


Political Courage test

Brownley did not provide answers to the California State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test. The test provides voters with how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.[4]

Legislative scorecard

Capitol Weekly, California's major weekly periodical covering the state legislature, publishes an annual legislative scorecard to pin down the political or ideological leanings of every member of the legislature based on how they voted on an assortment of bills in the most recent legislative session. The 2009 scores were based on votes on 19 bills, but did not include how legislators voted on the Proposition 1A (2009). On the scorecard, "100" is a perfect liberal score and "0" is a perfect conservative score. [5],[6]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Brownley ranked as a 100, along with eight other Democratic members of the state assembly.[7]

Brownley's sponsored legislation includes:

  • AB 68 - Solid waste: single-use carryout bags
  • AB 988 - Human trafficking: training content
  • AB 1182 - Public postsecondary education: reporting requirements

For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.

Campaign themes


Brownley's campaign website listed the following issues:[8]

  • Job Creation
Excerpt: "I understand that our economy is beginning to improve, but we still have a long way to go toward full economic recovery. That’s why I will advocate for strategic investments in infrastructure and new innovations and energy technologies to create jobs now and simultaneously reduce our dependence on foreign and domestic oil. "
  • Education
Excerpt: "I have dedicated most of my career to improving our schools, colleges and universities because I believe in fighting for a brighter future for California kids. I first became involved with education as a PTA leader when my children were young, continued as an elected School Board Member for 12 years, and have been the Assembly Education Chair for the last four years."
  • Environment
Excerpt: "Protecting the environment and preserving it for future generations is essential and requires careful stewardship of our precious natural resources. Environmental protection is also key to growing our vibrant 21st century economy. I have been a staunch advocate for moving America away from our dependence on dirty fossil fuels and foreign oil."
  • Seniors
Excerpt: "Balancing our budget does not mean doing so off the backs of America’s seniors, who have paid a lifetime into Medicare and Social Security while “Big Oil” and the ultra rich get more tax breaks. Republicans want to end Medicare, which would reduce seniors’ benefits and increase seniors’ health care and prescription drug costs."
  • Health Care
Excerpt: "I strongly believe that every American deserves access to affordable high quality health care. The Affordable Care Act passed in 2010 made some much needed improvements to our health care system like eliminating pre-existing conditions and allowing children to stay on their parent’s insurance until age 26, but the law also has some problems like reducing increased future spending on Medicare."



See also: California's 26th congressional district elections, 2014

Incumbent Julia Brownley (D) is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program was designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents during the 2014 election cycle.[9]

Brownley defeated Republican former state legislator Tony Strickland for the open 26th District seat in the general election on November 6, 2012, earning 52.7 percent of the total vote. The following April, Strickland filed his campaign paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to begin raising money for a 2014 re-match against Brownley. He ultimately decided against the rematch and sought election to the 25th District instead.[10]

After the blanket primary, Cook Political Report changed the rating of this race from Lean D to Toss-up. The Republican candidates in the race received over 50 percent of the primary vote, showing that the race is likely to be very competitive in November.[11]


See also: California's 26th congressional district elections, 2012

Brownley was ineligible to run for re-election to the State Assembly in 2012 due to term limits. She instead ran for and won the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 26th District.[1] She and Tony Strickland (R) advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Albert Maxwell Goldberg (D), Jess Herrera (D), David Cruz Thayne (D), and Linda Parks (Ind). They faced off in the November 6, 2012, general election.[12][13]

U.S. House, California District 26 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJulia Brownley 52.7% 139,072
     Republican Tony Strickland 47.3% 124,863
Total Votes 263,935
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2010

Brownley won re-election to the 41st District Seat in 2010. She had no opposition in the June 8 primary. She advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Terry Rathbun and Linda Piera-Avila in the November 2 general election.[14]

California State Assembly, District 41 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Julia Brownley (D) 84,222
Terry Rathbun (R) 53,243
Linda Piera-Avila (G) 5,837


In 2008 Brownley was re-elected to the California State Assembly District 41. Brownley (D) finished with 117,761 votes while her opponent Mark Bernsley (R) finished with 60,350 votes.[15]

California State Assembly District 41
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Julia Brownley (D) 117,761
Mark Bernsley (R) 60,350

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Brownley is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Brownley raised a total of $2,155,828 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[16]

Julia Brownley's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (California, District 26) Won $2,155,828
Grand Total Raised $2,155,828


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

Brownley won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Brownley's campaign committee raised a total of $2,155,828 and spent $2,106,886.[17]


In 2010, Brownley raised $375,034 in contributions. [18]

Her four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
California Teachers Association $11,700
Laborers Local 300 $7,800
California State Council Of Laborers $7,800
Southwest Regional Council Of Carpenters $6,400


Below are Brownley's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[19]

Contributor 2008 total
Assoc of CA Administrators $14,400
California State Council of Service Employees $14,400
California Faculty Association $14,400
California Teachers Association $14,400
CA State Council of Laborers $9,200


Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Brownley missed 0 of 89 roll call votes from January 2013 to March 2013. This amounts to 0.0%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[20]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Brownley's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $684,028 and $1,960,000. That averages to $1,322,014, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874.[21]


Brownley is divorced. She has two children.

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Preceded by
David Dreier
U.S. House, California, District 26
January 3, 2013-Present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
California State Assembly District 41
Succeeded by
Chris Holden (D)