Difference between revisions of "Julia Brownley"

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search
(2014)
Line 196: Line 196:
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==
 
===2014===
 
===2014===
 +
[[File:SimmeringRace.jpg|right|180px|link=U.S. House battleground districts, 2014]]
 
::''See also: [[California's 26th Congressional District elections, 2014]]''
 
::''See also: [[California's 26th Congressional District elections, 2014]]''
  

Revision as of 15:23, 30 January 2014

Julia Brownley
Julia Brownley.jpg
U.S. House, California, District 26
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorDavid Dreier (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Cost per vote$15.15 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$2,155,828
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
California State Assembly
2006-2012
Santa Monica-Malibu School Board
1994-2006
Education
Bachelor'sGeorge Washington University (1975)
Master'sAmerican University (1979)
Personal
BirthdayAugust 28, 1952
Place of birthAiken, South Carolina
ProfessionLegislator
Net worth$1,478,011
Websites
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] Brownley was ineligible to run for re-election to the California State Assembly in 2012 due to term limits.

Brownley is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014.

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.

Biography

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]

Career

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

2013-2014

Brownley serves on the following committees:[4]

California General Assembly

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

CongressLogo.png

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] For more information pertaining to Brownley's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

American response in Syria
See also: United States involvement in Syria

On August 29, 2013, more than 50 House Democrats signed a letter written by California Rep. Barbara Lee that called for a congressional resolution on strikes, and cautioned that the dire situation in Syria "should not draw us into an unwise war—especially without adhering to our constitutional requirements."[7][8] The letter also called on the Obama administration to work with the U.N. Security Council “to build international consensus” condemning the alleged use of chemical weapons. Brownley was 1 of the 50 Democrats in the House to sign the letter.[7][8]

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Brownley voted for HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[9]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Brownley voted against HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[10]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Brownley voted for HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[11]

Economy

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[12] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[13] Brownley voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[14]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds 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.[15] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Brownley voted for HR 2775.[16]

Federal Pay Adjustment Elimination

Voted "Yes" Brownley voted for HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years. Brownley was 1 of 44 Democrats who supported the bill, while 144 voted against it.[17]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Brownley voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[18] The vote largely followed party lines.[19]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "No" Brownley voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[20]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "No" Brownley voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[21]

Campaign themes

2012

Brownley's campaign website listed the following issues:[22]

  • 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."

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. [23][24]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Brownley ranked as a 100, along with eight other Democratic members of the state assembly.[25]

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.

Elections

2014

SimmeringRace.jpg
See also: California's 26th Congressional District elections, 2014

Brownley is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[26]

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% 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.[27]

2012

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 blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Albert Maxwell Goldberg (D), Jess Herrera (D), David Cruz Thayne (D) and Linda Parks (Ind). Brownley went on to defeat Strickland in the general election on November 6, 2012.[28][29]

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

2010

See also: California State Assembly elections, 2010

Brownley won re-election to the 41st District Seat in 2010. She defeated Terry Rathbun and Linda Piera-Avila in the November 2 general election.[30]

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

2008

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.[31]

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.[32]

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

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Brownley's reports.[33]

Julia Brownley (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[34]April 15, 2013$49,984.85$235,314.89$(50,874.30)$234,425.44
July Quarterly[35]July 15, 2013$234,425.44$271,526.98$(62,309.89)$443,642.53
October Quarterly[36]October 15, 2013$443,642.53$321,700.06$(86,550.77)$678,791.82
Year-End[37]January 31, 2014$678,791$270,341$(64,258)$884,875
April Quarterly[38]April 15, 2014$884,875$408,252$(98,343)$1,194,784
Pre-Primary[39]May 22, 2014$1,194,784$125,840$(89,246)$1,231,378
Running totals
$1,632,974.93$(451,581.96)

2012

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.[40] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[41]

Cost per vote

Brownley spent $15.15 per vote received in 2012.

2010

In 2010, Brownley raised $375,034 in contributions. [42]

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

2008

Below are Brownley's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[43]

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

Analysis

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.[44]

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.[45]

Brownley most often votes with:

Brownley least often votes with:

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.[46]

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, Brownley's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $355,023 and $2,600,999. That averages to $1,478,011, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Brownley ranked as the 177th most wealthy representative in 2012.[47]

Julia Brownley Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net Worth% Difference from previous year
2012$1,478,01111.8%
2011$1,322,014N/A

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress 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.[48]

Personal

Brownley is divorced. She has two children.

Recent news

This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term Julia + Brownley + California + Legislature

All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.

Julia Brownley News Feed

  • Loading...

See also

External links

Light Bulb Icon.svg.png
Suggest a link

References

  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. 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. 7.0 7.1 Office of Barbara Lee, "Lee Letter to President Obama," accessed September 2, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 Washington Post, "More than 50 House Democrats also want Syria strike resolution," accessed September 2, 2013
  9. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  10. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  11. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  12. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  14. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  16. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  18. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  19. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  20. Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  21. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  22. Campaign website, Issues
  23. Capitol Weekly, "Capitol Weekly's Legislative Scorecard", December 17, 2009
  24. Fox and Hounds Daily, "Random Thoughts on the Political Scene", December 18, 2009
  25. Capitol Weekly", Downloadable 2009 Capitol Weekly State Legislative Scorecard
  26. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," March 5, 2013
  27. Bloomberg News, "California: Strickland Seeks Rematch with Brownley," April 2, 2013
  28. California Secretary of State, Official candidate list
  29. Unofficial election results
  30. Sacramento Bee, California Assembly General election results
  31. California State Assembly election results
  32. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Julia Brownley," Accessed March 22, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission "Julia Brownley Summary Report," Accessed July 23, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "Julia Brownley April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "Julia Brownley July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "Julia Brownley October Quarterly," accessed October 21, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "Julia Brownley Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  38. Federal Election Commission, "Julia Brownley April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  39. Federal Election Commission, "Julia Brownley Pre-Primary," accessed June 3, 2014
  40. Open Secrets "Julia Brownley 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  41. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  42. followthemoney.org, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
  43. Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign contributions
  44. Gov Track "Julia Brownley," Accessed June 4, 2013
  45. OpenCongress, "Julia Brownley," Accessed July 31, 2013
  46. GovTrack, "Julia Brownley," Accessed April 2, 2013
  47. OpenSecrets.org, "Julia Brownley (D-Calif), 2012"
  48. OpenCongress "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
2006–2012
Succeeded by
Chris Holden (D)