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Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the [[Federal Election Commission]] during the [[United States Congress elections, 2014|2014 elections season]]. Below are Brownley's reports.<ref>[http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/cancomsrs/?_12+H2CA00120 ''Federal Election Commission'' "Julia Brownley Summary Report," Accessed July 23, 2013]</ref>
{{Campaign finance reports
|Name = Julia Brownley (2014)
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|Report 1 = April Quarterly<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/242/13940954242/13940954242.pdf#navpanes=0 'Federal Election Commission'' "Julia Brownley April Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013]</ref>
|Date 1 = April 15, 2013
|Beginning Balance 1 = 49984.85
|Total Contributions 1 = 235314.89
|Expenditures 1 = 50874.30
|Cash on Hand 1 = 234425.44
|Report 2 = July Quarterly<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/581/13964077581/13964077581.pdf#navpanes=0 'Federal Election Commission'' "Julia Brownley July Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013]</ref>
|Date 2 = July 15, 2013
|Beginning Balance 2 = 234425.44
|Total Contributions 2 = 271526.98
|Expenditures 2 = 62309.89
|Cash on Hand 2 = 443642.53

Revision as of 13:12, 23 July 2013

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 in Aiken, South Carolina) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing the 26th Congressional District of California. She was first elected in 2012. She defeated Tony Strickland (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.

She is a former member of the California State Assembly, representing District 41 from 2006 to 2012.[1] While a member of the assembly, she was a sponsor of California Assembly Bill 220 (2009). Brownley was ineligible to run for re-election to the California State Assembly in 2012 due to term limits.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Brownley is a more moderate left of center Democratic Party vote. As a result, she may break with the Democratic Party line more than her fellow members.


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]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Brownley's academic, professional and political career:[3]

  • 1975: Graduated from Mount Vernon College with B.A.
  • 1979: Graduated from American University with M.B.A.
  • 1994-2006: Member of the Santa Monica-Malibu school district board
  • 2006-2012: California State Assembly
  • 2013-Present: U.S Representative from California

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Brownley serves on the following committees:[4]

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:


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 while a member of the Assembly 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 in 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). Brownley went on to defeat Strickland 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"

U.S. House, California District 26 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTony Strickland (R) 44.1% 49,043
Green check mark transparent.pngJulia Brownley (D) 26.9% 29,892
Linda Parks (NPP) 18.3% 20,301
Jess Herrera (D) 6.5% 7,244
David Cruz Thayne (D) 2.5% 2,809
Albert Maxwell Goldberg (D) 1.7% 1,880
Total Votes 111,169


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


Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Brownley's reports.[17]

Julia Brownley (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[18]April 15, 2013$49,984.85$235,314.89$(50,874.30)$234,425.44
July Quarterly[19]July 15, 2013$234,425.44$271,526.98$(62,309.89)$443,642.53
Running totals


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.[20]


In 2010, Brownley raised $375,034 in contributions. [21]

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:[22]

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


Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Brownley is a "moderate Democratic follower" as of June 4, 2013.[23]

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.[24]

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.[25]

Voting with party


The website Open Congress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Brownley has voted with the Democratic Party 92.4% of the time. This ranked 160th among the 201 House Democrats as of June 2013.[26]


Brownley is divorced. She has two children.

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External links

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  1. 1.0 1.1 CNN "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
  2. Project Vote Smart - Rep. Nielsen
  3. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Julia Brownley," Accessed June 14, 2013
  4. CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
  5. Capitol Weekly, "Capitol Weekly's Legislative Scorecard", December 17, 2009
  6. Fox and Hounds Daily, "Random Thoughts on the Political Scene", December 18, 2009
  7. Capitol Weekly", Downloadable 2009 Capitol Weekly State Legislative Scorecard
  8. Campaign website, Issues
  9. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," March 5, 2013
  10. Bloomberg News, "California: Strickland Seeks Rematch with Brownley," April 2, 2013
  11. Red State, "Cook Political Report shifts California-26 from Lean D to Toss-up.," June 23, 2014
  12. California Secretary of State, Official candidate list
  13. Unofficial election results
  14. Sacramento Bee, California Assembly General election results
  15. California State Assembly election results
  16. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Julia Brownley," Accessed March 22, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission "Julia Brownley Summary Report," Accessed July 23, 2013
  18. 'Federal Election Commission "Julia Brownley April Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  19. 'Federal Election Commission "Julia Brownley July Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  20. Open Secrets "Julia Brownley 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  21. 2010 contributions
  22. Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign contributions
  23. Gov Track "Julia Brownley," Accessed June 4, 2013
  24. GovTrack, "Julia Brownley," Accessed April 2, 2013
  25. OpenSecrets.org, "Brownley, (D-Cali), 2011"
  26. Open Congress "Voting With Party," Accessed June 4, 2013
Political offices
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)