|Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 26th district
January 3, 2013
|Preceded by||David Dreier|
|Member of the California State Assembly
from the 41st district
December 4, 2006 – November 30, 2012
|Preceded by||Fran Pavley|
|Succeeded by||Chris Holden|
August 28, 1952 |
Aiken, South Carolina
|Residence||Oak Park, California|
|Alma mater||George Washington University (B.A.)
American University (M.B.A.)
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. 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 
Santa Monica School Board (1994-2006) 
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) 
In 2006, she decided to run for the California State Assembly in California's 41st Assembly District. Brownley won a competitive 5-candidate Democratic primary with 35% of the vote. Brownley won the general election with 62% of the vote. In 2008, she won re-election to a second term with 66% of the vote. In 2010, she won re-election to a third term with 59% of the vote. 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 
- 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) 
Brownley decided to run in the newly redrawn California's 26th congressional district in 2012. 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. In the November general election, Brownley defeated Strickland 53%-47%.
Committee assignments 
- Committee on Science, Space and Technology
- Committee on Veterans' Affairs
Electoral history 
|California's 26th congressional district election, 2012|
|No party preference||Linda Parks||20,301||18.3%|
|Democratic||David Cruz Thayne||2,809||2.5%|
|Democratic||Alex Maxwell Goldberg||1,880||1.7%|
|Democratic gain from Republican|
- Assembly Member Julia Brownley – Biography
- "California, 26th House District". National Journal. November 1, 2012. Retrieved November 14, 2012.
- Julia Brownley Councilmember 41st Assembly District
- CALIFORNIA ASSEMBLY AND SENATE COMMITTEE CHAIRS FOR 2007 SESSION FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF THE DISABLED AND SENIOR COMMUNITIES – California Progress Report
- Herdt, Timm (February 19, 2012). "Assemblywoman joins 26th Congressional District race". Ventura County Star. Retrieved February 20, 2012.
- Julia Brownley for Congress official campaign website
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Profile at Ballotpedia
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Financial information (state office) at the National Institute for Money in State Politics
- Issue positions and quotes at On the Issues
- Voting record at The Washington Post
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 26th congressional district
January 3, 2013 – present
|United States order of precedence|
|United States Representatives by seniority