|U.S. House, California, District 26|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||2|
|Predecessor||David Dreier (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|California State Assembly|
|Santa Monica-Malibu School Board|
|Bachelor's||George Washington University (1975)|
|Master's||American University (1979)|
|Date of birth||August 28, 1952|
|Place of birth||Aiken, South Carolina|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Personal
- 9 Recent news
- 10 External links
- 11 References
She is a former member of the California State Assembly, representing District 41 from 2006 to 2012. 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. 
Below is an abbreviated outline of Brownley's academic, professional and political career:
- 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
Brownley serves on the following committees:
- Veterans' Affairs Committee
- Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity Ranking Member
- Subcommittee on Health
- Science, Space, and Technology Committee
- Subcommittee on Space
- Subcommittee on Environment
California General Assembly
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Brownley served on these committees:
- Budget Committee, California General Assembly
- Education Committee, California General Assembly, Chair
- Higher Education Committee, California General Assembly
- Legislative Budget Committee, California Legislature
- Natural Resources Committee, California General Assembly
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Brownley served on these committees:
- Budget Committee, California General Assembly
- Education Committee, California General Assembly (Chair)
- Judiciary Committee, California General Assembly
- Natural Resources Committee, California General Assembly
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. ,
On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Brownley ranked as a 100, along with eight other Democratic members of the state assembly.
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.
Brownley's campaign website listed the following issues:
- 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. "
- 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."
- 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."
- 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."
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.
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.
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.
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. 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 November 6, 2012, general election.
|U.S. House, California District 26 General Election, 2012|
|Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
Brownley won re-election to the 41st District Seat in 2010. She had no opposition in the June 8 primary. She advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Terry Rathbun and Linda Piera-Avila in the November 2 general election.
|California State Assembly, District 41 General Election (2010)|
|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.
|California State Assembly District 41|
|Julia Brownley (D)||117,761|
|Mark Bernsley (R)||60,350|
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.
|Julia Brownley's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (California, District 26)||$2,155,828|
|Grand Total Raised||$2,155,828|
|Julia Brownley (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$49,984.85||$235,314.89||$(50,874.30)||$234,425.44|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$234,425.44||$271,526.98||$(62,309.89)||$443,642.53|
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. This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.
Cost per vote
Brownley spent $15.15 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House, California District 26, 2012 - Julia Brownley Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$2,454,653|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$2,377,030|
|Top contributors to Julia Brownley's campaign committee|
|Pachulski, Stang et al||$20,940|
|University of California||$11,400|
|Lost Arrow Corp||$10,500|
|American Assn for Justice||$10,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
In 2010, Brownley raised $375,034 in contributions. 
Her four largest contributors were:
|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:
|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
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.
Brownley most often votes with:
Brownley least often votes with:
Lifetime voting record
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.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.
Voting with party
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.
Brownley is divorced. She has two children.
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- Social media:
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Congressional profile at CongressMerge.com
- Congressional profile at GovTrack.us
- Congressional profile at OpenCongress.org
- Summary, biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Congressional profile and news at Roll Call
- Profile at Wikipedia
- Campaign finance reports and data at the Federal Election Commission
- Financial information at OpenSecrets.org
- Campaign contributions at Follow The Money
- Issue positions and quotes at On The Issues
- Legislation at Congress.gov
- Voting record maintained by The Washington Post
- Collected news and commentary at The Washington Post
- CNN "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Nielsen
- Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Julia Brownley," Accessed June 14, 2013
- CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
- Capitol Weekly, "Capitol Weekly's Legislative Scorecard", December 17, 2009
- Fox and Hounds Daily, "Random Thoughts on the Political Scene", December 18, 2009
- Capitol Weekly", Downloadable 2009 Capitol Weekly State Legislative Scorecard
- Campaign website, Issues
- Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," March 5, 2013
- Bloomberg News, "California: Strickland Seeks Rematch with Brownley," April 2, 2013
- Red State, "Cook Political Report shifts California-26 from Lean D to Toss-up.," June 23, 2014
- California Secretary of State, Official candidate list
- Unofficial election results
- Sacramento Bee, California Assembly General election results
- California State Assembly election results
- Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Julia Brownley," Accessed March 22, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Julia Brownley Summary Report," Accessed July 23, 2013
- 'Federal Election Commission "Julia Brownley April Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
- 'Federal Election Commission "Julia Brownley July Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
- Open Secrets "Julia Brownley 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
- Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
- 2010 contributions
- Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign contributions
- Gov Track "Julia Brownley," Accessed June 4, 2013
- OpenCongress, "Julia Brownley," Accessed July 31, 2013
- GovTrack, "Julia Brownley," Accessed April 2, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org, "Brownley, (D-Cali), 2011"
- OpenCongress "Voting With Party," Accessed June 4, 2013
|U.S. House, California, District 26
January 3, 2013-Present
| Succeeded by|
|California State Assembly District 41
| Succeeded by|
Chris Holden (D)
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