“A commitment to populist economics and fair trade isn’t just compatible with a commitment to social justice—the two naturally go together. One need only read Martin Luther King’s dozens of speeches to unions, and ponder what he was doing when he was killed, to remember the deep connection between workers’ rights and civil rights. A relentless focus on populist economics wins out over Republicans’ manufactured culture war.” (Oped in The American Prospect)
BACKGROUND + EXPERIENCE
Sherrod Brown is a graduate of Yale University and holds Master's Degrees from Ohio State University in Public Administration and Education.
Brown has held public office for 48 years:
Ohio State Rep 1975-1982
Ohio Secretary of State 1983-1991;
US Representative 1993-2007
US Senator 2007-present
ON THE ISSUES
One of Senator Brown’s guiding principles is the dignity of work, which was inspired by the work and writings of Dr. King, who said that “all labor has dignity.”
He has worked to raise wages and benefits, lower healthcare costs, and ensure everyone can retire with dignity and security. He refused to accept congressional healthcare for himself until Congress passed the Affordable Care Act. Throughout his career, Brown has battled against tax and trade policies that put corporate profits ahead of workers and families, and sent jobs and supply chains overseas. He has been a consistent champion of social and economic justice who supported marriage equality for 25 years, and voted against both the Iraq War and NAFTA.
Ohio is the seventh most populous state in the union and has the fourth largest rural population. Once considered a swing state, Ohio twice voted for Trump, by margins of 16 and 20%.
Ohio has a Republican trifecta and a Republican triplex: The Republican Party controls the offices of governor, secretary of state, attorney general, and both chambers of the state legislature. Its other senator and 10 of its 15 congresspeople are Republicans. Sen. Brown is its only statewide Democratic official.
Although Brown won his last election by 6.8%, the 2022 Senatorial election was won by 6.6% by Republican JD Vance. Ohio now has a PVI (Partisan Voting Index) of R+2. Sen. Brown is one of three Democratic Senators up for reelection in 2024 in states won by Trump.
COMMITTEES + CAUCUSES
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Chair
Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry;
Committee on Finance
Committee on Veterans' Affairs