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Sherrod Brown
Sherrod Brown.jpg
U.S. Senate, Ohio
Incumbent
In office
2007-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2019
Years in position 7
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorMike DeWine (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next generalNovember 2018
Campaign $$37,108,744
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House of Representatives
1993-2006
Ohio Secretary of State
1982-1990
Ohio House of Representatives
1975-1982
Education
Bachelor'sRussian Studies, Yale University, 1974
Master'sEducation, Ohio State University, 1981
Personal
BirthdayNovember 9, 1952
Place of birthMansfield, OH
Net worth$507,003
ReligionLutheran
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Sherrod Brown campaign logo.

Sherrod Brown (b. November 9, 1952) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from Ohio. Brown was first elected to the Senate in 2006 and is currently serving his second term having won re-election on November 6, 2012.Brown won re-election in 2012. He was unopposed in the Democratic primary on March 6, 2012, and defeated Josh Mandel (R), John Fockler Jr. (L), and Joseph DeMare (G) in the November 6 general election.


Brown is set to run for re-election in Ohio on November of 2018.


Prior to his election in the Senate Brown served two terms as Ohio's Secretary of State.[1]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Brown is one of the most reliable Democratic votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Democratic Party in Congress.


Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Brown's academic, professional and political career:[2]

  • 1974: Graduated from Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
  • 1981: Graduated from Ohio State University, Ohio
  • 1979-1981: Worked as a member of the faculty, Ohio State University, Mansfield, Ohio
  • 1975-1982: Served as member of the Ohio State house of representatives
  • 1983-1991: Served as Ohio secretary of state
  • 1993-2007: Served as Democrat to U.S. Congress from Ohio
  • 2007-Present: U.S Senator from Ohio

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2013-2014

Brown serves on the following committees[3]:

  • Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
    • Subcommittee on Nutrition, Specialty Crops, Food and Agricultural Research
    • Subcommittee on Jobs, Rural Economic Growth and Energy Innovation
    • Subcommittee on Commodities, Markets, Trade and Risk Management
  • Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
    • Subcommittee on National Security and International Trade and Finance
    • Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection Members
    • Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation and Community Development
  • Ethics
  • Veterans' Affairs
  • Committee on Finance
    • The Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions and Family Policy Chair
    • The Subcommittee on Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Growth
    • The Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness

2011-2012

  • Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
    • Subcommittee on Nutrition and Food Assistance, Sustainable and Organic Agriculture, and General Legislation
    • Subcommittee on Energy, Science and Technology
    • Subcommittee on Hunger, Nutrition, and Family Farms
  • Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
    • Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Legislative Branch
    • Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
  • Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
    • Subcommittee on Economic Policy
    • Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance, and Investment
    • Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development
  • Ethics
  • Veterans' Affairs

[4]

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Brown's campaign website listed the following issues:[5]

  • Jobs
Excerpt: "Sherrod believes Ohio and our nation’s economic strength and national security are drawn from a strong manufacturing base."
  • Energy
Excerpt: "Sherrod has led the fight for our nation’s energy policy to focus on decreasing our dependence on foreign oil and creating manufacturing jobs in Ohio. Sherrod has long recognized that a smart energy policy is also smart jobs policy and that Ohio is leading the nation."
  • Fiscal Responsibility
Excerpt: "Sherrod supports a five-year freeze on spending subject to the annual appropriations process, which will save $400 billion. He also supports health care reform, which will save $143 billion in the first decade, and another $ 1 trillion in the next according to the Congressional Budget Office."
  • Standing Up for Seniors
Excerpt: "Throughout his career, Sherrod has fought to protect Social Security and Medicare from privatization and other short-sighted attempts to undermine the guaranteed benefits retirees earned and deserve."
  • A Family Doctor for Every Family
Excerpt: "Since first taking office, promoting quality health care for every American has been one of Sherrod’s top priorities."
  • Agriculture and Ohio’s Rural Economy
Excerpt: "As Ohio’s first Senator to serve on the Senate Agriculture Committee in more than forty years, Sherrod is fighting to support the state’s farmers and its number one industry–agriculture."

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Brown voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89/8 vote on January 1, 2013.[6]

Elections

2012

See also: United States Senate elections in Ohio, 2012

Brown won re-election.[7] Brown ran for re-election to the U.S. Senate. He was unopposed in the Democratic primary and defeated Josh Mandel (R), John Fockler Jr. (L), and Joseph DeMare (G) in the November 6 general election.[8]

U.S. Senate, Ohio General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSherrod Brown Incumbent 50.7% 2,762,690
     Republican Josh Mandel 44.7% 2,435,712
     Independent Scott Rupert 4.6% 250,616
Total Votes 5,449,018
Source: Ohio Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Outside spending

Probably no other race this cycle has received as much outside attention or spending as Brown's bid for re-election against Republican challenger Josh Mandel. Early on, conservatives identified Brown's seat as a potential flip - he's a staunch progressive in a swing state - in their quest to turn the Senate back over into Republican control. As a result, right-leaning groups, led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, have already spent more than $11.5 million on anti-Brown ad campaigns. The Chamber promises to still spend more before Election Day. The conservative group Crossroads GPS has also already reserved $6.7 million worth of ad space for the last five weeks of the campaign.[9]

Full history


Ads

On July 24, 2012, Brown released a 30-second ad titled "Both From Ohio."

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Brown is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Brown raised a total of $37,108,744 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[11]

Sherrod Brown's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. Senate Won $24,840,222
2006 U.S. Senate Won $8,937,004
2004 U.S. House of Representatives (Ohio District 13) Won $1,047,900
2002 U.S. House of Representatives (Ohio District 13) Won $1,157,747
2000 U.S. House of Representatives (Ohio District 13) Won $1,125,871
Grand Total Raised $37,108,744

2012

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

Brown won election to the U.S. Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Brown's campaign committee raised a total of $24,840,422 and spent $24,576,366.[12]

2006

Brown won election to the U.S. Senate in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Brown's campaign committee raised a total of $8,045,279 and spent $4,141,162.[13]


Polls

2012 Election

October 2012 - present

Sherrod Brown vs. Josh Mandel
Poll Sherrod Brown Josh MandelUndecidedOtherMargin of ErrorSample Size
Rasmussen Reports
(October 7, 2012)
46%46%6%2%+/-4.5500
Survey USA
(October 12-15, 2012)
43%38%13%5%+/-4613
AVERAGES 44.5% 42% 9.5% 3.5% +/-4.25 556.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org


November 2011 - September 2012

Sherrod Brown vs. Josh Mandel
Poll Sherrod Brown Josh MandelUndecidedOtherMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling (November 4-6, 2011)
49%34%17%0%+/-3.11,022
Quinnipiac University (October 17-23, 2011)
49%34%14%1%+/-2.41,668
Rasmussen Reports
(July 18, 2012)
46%42%8%4%+/-4.5500
Quinnipiac University
(July 24-30, 2012)
51%39%0%0%+/-31,193
Rasmussen Reports
(August 13, 2012)
44%44%9%3%+/-4.5500
Quinnipiac University
(August 15-21, 2012)
48%41%10%1%+/-2.81,253
University of Cincinnati
(August 16-21, 2012)
48%47%1%5%+/-3.4847
Rasmussen Reports
(September 15, 2012)
49%41%7%3%+/-4.5500
Quinnipiac University
(September 26, 2012)
50%40%9%0%+/-2.91,162
AVERAGES 48.22% 40.22% 8.33% 1.89% +/-3.46 960.56
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

A Rasmussen Reports poll, conducted August 13, 2012, showed Brown running even with Republican challenger Josh Mandel.[14]

A Quinnipiac University poll, conducted July 24-30, 2012, showed Brown leading Republican challenger Josh Mandel by double digits.[15]

A Rasmussen Reports poll, conducted July 18, 2012, showed Brown with a slight lead over Republican challenger Josh Mandel (R).[16]

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Brown is a "far-left Democrat" as of June 27, 2013.[17]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Brown missed 25 of 1,935 roll call votes from Jan 2007 to Apr 2013, which is 1.3% of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving.[18]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Brown paid his congressional staff a total of $,3027,608 in 2011. He ranked 10th on the list of the highest paid Democratic Senatorial Staff Salaries and he ranked 12th overall of the highest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Ohio ranked 8th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[19]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Brown's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $168,007 to $845,999. That averages to $507,003, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Senators in 2011 of $20,795,450. His average net worth decreased by 30.55% from 2010.[20]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Brown's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $435,010 and $1,025,000. That averages to $730,005, which was lower than the average net worth of Democratic Senators in 2010 of $19,383,524.[21]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Brown tied with two other U.S. Senators, ranking 7th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. Senate.[22]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Brown was tied with four other members of the U.S. Senate ranking 5th in the liberal rankings among U.S. Senators.[23]

Percentage voting with party

June 2013

Sherrod Brown voted with the Democratic Party 95.5% of the time, which ranked 24 among the 52 Senate Democratic members as of June 2013.[24]

Recent news

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Personal

Brown and his wife, Connie Schultz, have two children and 2 step-children.

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References

  1. [1]
  2. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Sherrod Brown," Accessed October 24, 2011
  3. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committees List" Accessed January 18, 2013
  4. Sherrod Brown Vote Smart profile
  5. Campaign website, Issues
  6. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  7. Politico "2012 Election Map, Ohio"
  8. Ohio Secretary of State "Unofficial election results," Accessed March 6, 2012
  9. Washington Post "Sen. Sherrod Brown targeted by U.S. Chamber, outside conservative groups" Accessed August 14, 2012
  10. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006"
  11. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Sherrod Brown" Accessed March 2013
  12. Open Secrets "Sherrod Brown 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 4, 2013
  13. Open Secrets "Sherrod Brown 2006 Election Cycle," Accessed October 29, 2011
  14. Rasmussen Reports Election 2012: Ohio Senate Accessed August 15, 2012
  15. Cleveland Plain Dealer Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown leads challenger Josh Mandel by 12 points in new poll Accessed August 7, 2012
  16. Rasmussen Reports Election 2012: Ohio Senate Accessed July 23, 2012
  17. Gov Track "Sherrod Brown," Accessed March 3, 2012
  18. GovTrack, "Sherrod Brown" Accessed April 2013
  19. LegiStorm "Sherrod Brown"
  20. OpenSecrets.org "Dean Heller (R-Nev), 2011," accessed February 22, 2013
  21. OpenSecrets.org, "Brown, (D-Ohio), 2010"
  22. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  23. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  24. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Mike DeWine
U.S. Senate - Ohio
2007-Present
Succeeded by
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