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 61)
Aiken, South Carolina[1]
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Divorced [2]
Children Two
Residence Oak Park, California
Alma mater George Washington University (B.A.)
American University (M.B.A.)
Religion Episcopalian[3]

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.[4] She is a Democrat. Before her political career, Brownley was hired by several companies in market management. Brownley is a mother of two adult children.

Early life and education[edit]

Brownley received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from George Washington University in 1975 and an M.B.A. from the American University in 1979.

Santa Monica School Board (1994-2006)[edit]

Brownley served three four-year terms on the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education and was elected Board President. She worked with the California State PTA and the Community for Excellent Public Schools to launch the "Caravan for Kids," which brought over 5,000 children and parents to Sacramento to demand that the Governor and Legislature create a state plan for excellence in education. Brownley and the SMMUSD, CEPS, local PTA's and other education advocates led the local efforts that secured $16,000,000 in additional funding annually for Santa Monica and Malibu schools. This enabled her school district to avoid massive cuts in the schools' budgets that would have eliminated programs and caused extensive layoffs of teachers and other employees. She also succeeded in getting Santa Monica to invest $6 million in public education by an increase in the city hotel bed tax. In 2006, she was named YWCA Woman of the Year for her leadership on the School Board and in her community.

California State Assembly (2007-2013)[edit]

Brownley during her tenure in the California State Assembly


In 2006, she decided to run for the California State Assembly in California's 41st Assembly District.[4] Brownley won a competitive 5-candidate Democratic primary with 35% of the vote.[5][6] Brownley won the general election with 62% of the vote.[7][8] In 2008, she won re-election to a second term with 66% of the vote.[9] In 2010, she won re-election to a third term with 59% of the vote.[10] Brownley was term-limited in 2012, having served the maximum of three terms in the Assembly permitted under California law.


On the day Brownley was sworn into the Assembly, Brownley introduced AB 25, which reexamines how adequacy of K-12 school funding is determined and defined. Her other legislative priorities include wage discrimination, hospital staffing, e-waste recycling, clean water, and ensuring that state-funded sex education is bias free.

Committee assignments[edit]

  • Aging and Long-Term Care Committee
  • Education Committee (Chair)[11]
  • Higher Education Committee
  • Judiciary Committee
  • Legislative Budget Committee
  • Natural Resources Joint Legislative Budget Committee
  • Select Committee on Community Colleges.[4][12]

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


Brownley decided to run in the newly redrawn California's 26th congressional district in 2012.[13] The district had previously been the 24th district, represented by 13-term Republican Elton Gallegly. However, it was thought to be significantly more Democratic than its predecessor. In the open primary, State Senator Tony Strickland ranked first with 44% of the vote. Brownley ranked second with 27% of the vote.[14] In the November general election, Brownley defeated Strickland 53%-47%.[15]

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


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