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Edmund Gerald "Jerry" Brown, Jr. is a former California Governor (1975–1983) and was also the California Secretary of State. Currently serving as California's Attorney General, he is facing former eBay CEO Meg Whitman for Governor in the 2010 general election, having won the June Democratic primary against nominal opposition.

Jerry Brown Info

Date of BirthApril 7, 1938
Place of BirthSan Francisco, United States
Spouse (s)Anne Gust
ResidenceOakland, California
Political PartyDemocratic Party
Alma materUniversity of California, Berkeley & Yale Law School
ReligionRoman Catholicism
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 I have a very specific plan, and it's not to give a $5 billion tax break to myself, much less to the billionaires and millionaires, 
— Jerry Brown in the first face-to-face debate with Republican Meg Whitman / September 28, 2010
 As far as unions, I'm the only governor that ever vetoed the pay raises for all public employees. I did it once. I did it twice. I'll do it again if I have to. 
— Jerry Brown in the first face-to-face debate with Meg Whitman, insisting that he'd be independent of union interests now / September 28, 2010
 One more thing — I now have a wife, and I'd come home at night. I don't try to close down the bars of Sacramento like I used to do when I was governor of California. So don't worry about that. I'm in for the duration. 
— Jerry Brown in the first face-to-face debate with Meg Whitman saying he'd focus on being governor and not run for president / September 28, 2010
 California has always come back, and it will again. Sacramento needs to be straight with the people. It's what I'm doing in my campaign and what I'll do as Governor. 
— Jerry Brown in a television ad / September 16, 2010
 Our state is in a real mess. And I'm not going to give you any phony plans or snappy slogans that don't go anywhere. We have to make some tough decisions. We have to live within our means, we've got to take the power from the state capital and move it down to the local level, closer to the people. And no new taxes without voter approval. We've got to pull together not as Republicans or as Democrats, but as Californians first. And at this stage in my life, I'm prepared to do exactly that. 
— Jerry Brown in a television ad / September 16, 2010

 She's now the biggest spender in the history of the American republic, and I'm hoping the people will look behind the money to decide for themselves who can better lead our state in the coming years, 
— Jerry Brown on Meg Whitman's $15 million contribution to gubernational campaign / September 15, 2010
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 She has all these old political hacks, about 50 of them, working on her payroll; they tell her things and then she delivers the lines. I know this stuff, I've lived here, I've lived through it. When I speak, I speak from my heart and from my own personal experience. 
— Jerry Brown on Meg Whitman's refusal to pull the ad using Bill Clinton's picture / September 15, 2010
 I do have a day job. I'm working full time here, and this is my responsibility, and we've done gang takedowns, we've sued employers who cheat their workers and we're suing officials in Bell who abused their trust, 
— Jerry Brown on filing a sweeping lawsuit against Bell city leaders over a pension and pay scandal / September 15, 2010