Julia Brownley

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Julia Brownley
Julia Brownley 113th Congress official photo.jpg
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 26th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded by David Dreier
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 41st district
In office
December 4, 2006 – November 30, 2012
Preceded by Fran Pavley
Succeeded by Chris Holden
Personal details
Born (1952-08-28) August 28, 1952 (age 62)
Aiken, South Carolina[1]
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Divorced[2]
Children 2
Residence Oak Park, California[1]
Alma mater Mount Vernon College for Women (B.A.)
American University (M.B.A.)
Religion Episcopalian[2]

Julia Brownley (born August 28, 1952) is an American politician who has been the United States Representative for California's 26th congressional district since 2013. Previously she served in the California State Assembly from 2006 to 2012.[3] She is a progressive Democrat.[4] Before her political career, Brownley worked in marketing and sales.[2]

Early life, education, and career[edit]

Brownley grew up in Virginia in a Republican family. Brownley received a bachelor's degree in political science from Mount Vernon College for Women in 1975 and a master's degree in business administration from American University in 1979.[2][1]

Brownley served on the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education from 1994-2006. During her time on the school board, she served three terms as president.[5]

California State Assembly (2007-2013)[edit]

Brownley during her tenure in the California State Assembly


In 2006, she ran for the California State Assembly in California's 41st Assembly District.[1] Brownley won a five-way Democratic primary with 35% of the vote.[6] Brownley won the general election with 62% of the vote.[6] In 2008, she won re-election to a second term with 66% of the vote.[7] In 2010, she won re-election to a third term with 59% of the vote.[8] Brownley was term-limited in 2012, having served the maximum of three terms in the Assembly permitted under California law.[9]

Committee assignments[edit]

Brownley served on the following California State Assembly committees:[10]

  • Aging and Long-Term Care Committee
  • Education Committee (Chair)
  • Higher Education Committee
  • Judiciary Committee
  • Legislative Budget Committee
  • Natural Resources Joint Legislative Budget Committee
  • Select Committee on Community Colleges

U.S. House of Representatives (2013-Present)[edit]



In February 2012, Brownley moved from Santa Monica to Oak Park in order to be eligible to run for California's 26th congressional district.[11] The district had previously been the 24th district, represented by 13-term Republican Elton Gallegly. In the general election, Brownley defeated Republican Tony Strickland by a margin of 53%-47%.[12]


Brownley is running for re-election in 2014. She will face Republican Jeff Gorell in the general election.[13]

Political positions[edit]

Brownley supports the DREAM Act, the Affordable Care Act, and same-sex marriage. She has advocated in favor of increased insurance company regulation, job training funds, toxic clean-up, and increased public education funding.[4]

Committee assignments[edit]

Electoral history[edit]

California's 26th congressional district election, 2012
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tony Strickland 49,043 44.1%
Democratic Julia Brownley 29,892 26.9%
No party preference Linda Parks 20,301 18.3%
Democratic Jess Herrera 7,244 6.5%
Democratic David Cruz Thayne 2,809 2.5%
Democratic Alex Maxwell Goldberg 1,880 1.7%
Totals 111,169 100.0%
General election
Democratic Julia Brownley 139,072 52.7%
Republican Tony Strickland 124,863 47.3%
Totals 263,935 100.0%
Democratic gain from Republican


  1. ^ a b c d "Julia Brownley (D)". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d "California, 26th House District". National Journal. 11-1-2012. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  3. ^ Julia Brownley Councilmember 41st Assembly District
  4. ^ a b Bartholomew, Dana (10-23-2012). "Julia Brownley vs. Tony Strickland pits liberal and conservative in close race for newly drawn 26th District". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Rep. Julia Brownley (D-Calif.)". Roll Call. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "California House of Representatives elections, 2006". Ballotpedia. Ballotpedia. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "November 4, 2008 General Election - Statement of Vote". California Secretary of State. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "November 2, 2010 General Election - Statement of Vote". California Secretary of State. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  9. ^ Fauquher, Tom (6-13-2011). "Torie Osborn Picks Up Key Endorsement in Bid for Malibu's State Assembly Seat". Malibu Patch. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  10. ^ "Julia Brownley". Ballotpedia. Ballotpedia. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  11. ^ Herdt, Timm (February 19, 2012). "Assemblywoman joins 26th Congressional District race". Ventura County Star. Retrieved February 20, 2012. 
  12. ^ "California 26th District - Strickland vs. Brownley". Real Clear Politics. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  13. ^ Modesti, Kevin (6-18-2014). "Brownley vs. Gorell congressional race will get attention now". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 

External links[edit]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
David Dreier
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 26th congressional district

January 3, 2013 – present
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Susan Brooks
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Cheri Bustos