Kathleen Brown

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For the Irish politician, see Kathleen Browne.
Kathleen Brown
29th California State Treasurer
In office
January 7, 1991 – January 2, 1995
Preceded by Thomas W. Hayes
Succeeded by Matt Fong
Member of the Los Angeles City Board of Education
In office
Personal details
Born (1945-09-25) September 25, 1945 (age 69)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Stanford University

Fordham University School of Law

Kathleen Lynn Brown (born September 25, 1945) is a Democratic politician from California.


She is the youngest of four children of former Governor Edmund G. "Pat" Brown and is the youngest sister of current California Governor Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown, Jr.

Brown is an attorney and was first elected to the Los Angeles City Board of Education in 1975, and reelected in 1979.[1] She was elected California State Treasurer in 1990.

Brown unsuccessfully tried to be the third member of the Brown family to serve as governor (both her father and her brother served in the same office), but was defeated by incumbent Republican Governor Pete Wilson (who also defeated Jerry Brown for one of California's US Senate seats in 1982) in the 1994 gubernatorial election.

She currently serves as a partner in law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips. [2]

Prior to joining Manatt she was head of public finance for the Midwest region for Goldman Sachs, after taking positions as president of private banking for Bank of America from 1995 to 2000 and as head of public sector and infrastructure investment for Goldman Sachs from 2001 to 2010.[3] Staying in California for public sector banking would have likely posed a potential conflict of interest.[4]

Brown is a graduate of Stanford University and Fordham University School of Law.[1] She had three children with her first husband, George Rice, whom she later divorced. She is now married to Van Gordon Sauter, at one time President of CBS News, and they have five grown children.[1] Her dog, named Sutter, was given to Jerry Brown and became California's First Dog in 2011.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "Biography of Kathleen Brown". California Voter Foundation. 1994. 
  2. ^ The Wall Street Journal http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323864604579063030380912894.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20101215/NEWS01/101219914/kathleen-brown-leaves-california-for-goldmans-chicago-office
  4. ^ "PolitiCal". Los Angeles Times. December 15, 2010. 
  5. ^ "L.A. Unleashed". Los Angeles Times. February 16, 2011. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas W. Hayes
California State Treasurer
Succeeded by
Matt Fong
Party political offices
Preceded by
Dianne Feinstein
Democratic Party nominee for Governor of California
Succeeded by
Gray Davis