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Sherrod Brown was born and raised in Mansfield, Ohio and attended the local public schools. He played basketball and baseball in high school and, along with his brothers Bob and Charlie, became an avid Cleveland Indians fan. Active in scouting, he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.
His father was a small-town doctor who made house calls and treated everyone regardless of ability to pay. His mother taught her sons to fight for what was right. Sherrod has never forgotten where he comes from.
Sherrod has earned a reputation as an independent voice for ordinary Ohioans and middle-class families, in the Senate and prior to that when he represented Ohio’s 13th District in the U.S. House. He is a man of principle who has made a career of standing up to special interests in Washington.
In 2006, Ohio voters elected Sherrod to the United States Senate with one of the largest margins over an incumbent in U.S. history. He joined committees that are key to Ohio’s future: Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry; Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs; Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP); and Veterans’ Affairs. In 2009, he was asked to join the Select Committee on Ethics. And in 2010, he left the HELP committee when he was selected to join the powerful Appropriations Committee, the first Democrat from Ohio to serve on it since the 1890’s.
Since his election, Sherrod has been working on behalf of Ohioans to stop the erosion of jobs in Ohio due to the wrong-headed trade and economic policies of the past.
While many in Washington have simply gone along with corporate-backed free trade deals that have devastated Ohio’s manufacturing sector and sent good-paying American jobs overseas, Sherrod has been a tireless advocate for policies that help workers and their families.
Because he understands that representing people is more important than partisan politics, he has stood up to Presidents of both parties to fight against trade agreements that don’t provide American workers and businesses with a level playing field.
In his first few years in the Senate, he has played a key role in rewriting our nation’s farm and nutrition laws. He authored innovative new programs to encourage local food production and dampen wild swings in the market for farmers – and even saved taxpayers’ money in the process. For his legislative efforts, the National Corn Growers Association gave him their prestigious “President’s Award.”
On the Banking Committee, he was an early proponent for addressing the crisis in our housing markets that began by devastating neighborhoods throughout Ohio and ended up causing a meltdown throughout the world’s credit markets. He is fighting to ensure that efforts to rebuild the economy focus on Main Street as well as Wall Street, and that the federal government gives as much attention to manufacturing as it does to finance.
Sherrod has been a leader on health care issues throughout his service in Congress. Americans should not live just one illness or pink slip away from bankruptcy because of out-of-control health care costs and insurance policy loopholes — they should have access to the same kind of health insurance that Members of Congress have.
Sherrod doesn’t just talk the talk. As a matter of principle, he refused to accept the congressional health care plan until affordable health insurance was available to Ohioans. And he continues to fight insurance company and pharmaceutical company lobbyists in order to make health care more affordable for seniors, workers, and small businesses.
Prior to serving in Congress, Sherrod served two terms as Ohio’s Secretary of State and, in the early 1990s, he taught democracy and government in Poland as that nation was making the transition from Cold War communism to thriving democracy. He’s also taught in Ohio’s public schools and at the Ohio State University.
Sherrod currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife Connie Schultz, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author. Sherrod and Connie have three daughters, a son, a daughter- and son-in-law, and two grandchildren.