Jerry Brown was sworn in as governor of California on January 3, 2011, and was reelected in 2014.
Brown previously was elected governor in 1974 and served two terms, during which time he established the first agricultural labor relations law in the country, started the California Conservation Corp and promoted renewable energy. In 1970, he was elected California secretary of state. Brown began his career as a clerk at the California Supreme Court.
In 1998, he reentered politics and was elected mayor of Oakland, serving two terms from 1999 to 2007. Brown founded the Oakland School for the Arts and the Oakland Military Institute, which serve students from the 6th grade through the 12th grade. He was also elected California attorney general in 2006.
Brown graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, where he received his bachelor’s degree in classics and earned his law degree from Yale Law School in 1964.
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Son of California Governor Edmund Gerald Brown
Anne Gust Brown grew up in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She received her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and her law degree from the University of Michigan.
Mrs. Brown enjoyed a long, successful career in the business field. She left her position as chief administrative officer for the clothing retailer Gap, Inc., in 2006 to assume the role of campaign manager for then–Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown’s race for attorney general of California.
Mrs. Brown served as special counsel to Governor Brown when he was California’s attorney general, and in January 2011, she was appointed special counsel in the Office of the Governor.
The first lady and her husband, Governor Jerry Brown, were married in 2005.
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