Sherrod (Sherrod) Brown (D)

US Senator Sherrod Brown

Sherrod (Sherrod) Brown (D)
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Capitol: 202.224.2315
FAX: 202.228.6321
District: 440.242.4100
Room 503 HSOB- Hart Senate Office Building 120 Constitution Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20510-3505
200 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Residence:Avon, OH

Committee Assignments

ChairmanSenate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
ChairmanSenate Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy
Co-ChairNortheast-Midwest Senate Coalition
Co-ChairSenate Auto Caucus
Co-ChairSenate Steel Caucus
Co-ChairSenate Hunger Caucus
FC MemberSenate Friends of Scotland Caucus
Co-ChairAir Force Caucus (Senate)
FC MemberSenate Economic Mobility Caucus
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Commodities, Risk Management and Trade
FC MemberSenate Caucus on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases
FC MemberSenate Medical Technology Caucus
Co-Vice ChairSenate Ukraine Caucus
FC MemberSenate General Aviation Caucus
FC MemberSenate Nuclear Waste Cleanup Caucus
FC MemberSenate Taiwan Caucus
FC MemberSenate Diabetes Caucus
FC MemberSenate Manufacturing Caucus
FC MemberSenate Cancer Coalition
FC MemberSenate Rural Health Caucus
MemberSenate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
FC MemberBicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease
FC MemberSenate Bike Caucus
FC MemberMidwest High Speed Rail Congressional Caucus
FC MemberSenate Defend Social Security Caucus
FC MemberSenate Aerospace Caucus
FC MemberSenate Travel and Tourism Caucus
FC MemberSenate Military Family Caucus
FC MemberSenate Law Enforcement Caucus
FC MemberSenate Veterans Jobs Caucus
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Rural Development and Energy
FC MemberCongressional Bicameral High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Caucus
FC MemberGreat Lakes Task Force (Senate)
FC MemberSenate National Guard Caucus
FC MemberSenate Impact Aid Coalition
FC MemberSenate India Caucus
MemberSenate Committee on Veterans' Affairs
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight
FC MemberSenate National Service Caucus
FC MemberSenate Cultural Caucus
FC MemberExpand Social Security Caucus (Senate)
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Conservation, Climate, Forestry, and Natural Resources
MemberSenate Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness
MemberSenate Committee on Finance
FC MemberCongressional Friends of the Irish National Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Chemistry Caucus
FC MemberGreat Lakes Task Force (Joint)
FC MemberVision Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Italian American Caucus
FC MemberUSO Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Internet Caucus
FC MemberArthritis Caucus
FC MemberRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Caucus
FC MemberCoalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE)
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus
FC MemberCongressional TRIO Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease


Sherrod serves as Chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, where he played an instrumental role in passing the historic Wall Street reform law that established new consumer protections, created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and reined in big banks. He's fighting to end the corporate business model that puts short-term profits ahead of long-term investment in workers and communities, and to make it easier for everyone to find and afford a home. One of Sherrod's first votes in Congress was against the original NAFTA, and he has led the bipartisan fight for a trade policy that puts American workers and American businesses first. He led opposition to the Central American Free Trade Agreement, and he was a leader in the fight that helped kill the Trans-Pacific Partnership. In 2015, President Obama signed Senator Brown's bipartisan Leveling the Playfield Act, the most significant improvement to our trade enforcement laws in more than a decade that led directly to key wins for the Ohio steel industry - including wins in cases filed by companies with plants in Ohio, like Nucor, U.S. Steel, ArcelorMittal, and AK Steel, which employ more than 8,200 Ohioans. In 2020, he voted for a trade deal for the first time in his career, after working to improve President Trump's first draft of a new NAFTA - he secured groundbreaking worker protections, including his Brown-Wyden provision that amounts to the strongest labor enforcement in American history in a U.S. trade deal. Sherrod believes that quality, affordable health care is a right for all Americans, and he refused for years to accept Congressional health insurance until Congress passed the Affordable Care Act, which ensures Ohioans will never be denied care because of a preexisting condition. The senator now gets his health insurance through the same exchange system available to all Americans. Senator Brown has a plan to bring down the cost of prescription drugs that one news organization said, "combines every idea drug lobbyists hate." He is also working to tackle the addiction crisis. The president signed Sherrod's bipartisan legislation to give Customs and Border Protections agents high-tech tools to screen for illegal opioids at the border, and he is working with Senator Portman to get Ohio law enforcement the same tools. Senator Brown also fought to protect Ohio's Medicaid expansion - our state's number one tool to get people into treatment. Inspired by his faith, Sherrod is committed to social and economic justice. He joined Civil Rights legend Congressman John Lewis as co-chair of the Congressional delegation to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the march for voting rights in Selma in 2015, and made the pilgrimage to Selma for the fifth time in 2019. Sherrod is fighting back against politicians and judges who erect more and more barriers to voting. As a former Ohio Secretary of State, Sherrod has long championed voting rights, and the Washington Post called his voter registration efforts, "probably the most intensive and wide-ranging in the nation." Sherrod is fighting to ensure that all Ohio children, no matter their zip code or the color of their skin, have the opportunity to succeed. He has joined with officials and community partners to launch My Brother's Keeper mentorship programs for boys and young men of color in cities across Ohio. For more than a decade now, Sherrod has also convened a one-of-its-kind Ohio College Presidents Conference in Washington to discuss ways to leverage federal resources to promote higher education and job training in Ohio. Ohio is one of the few states to have both its senators sit on the powerful Senate Finance Committee, where one of Senator Brown's top priorities is protecting the retirement security Ohioans have earned over a lifetime of hard work. In 2017, Senator Brown helped secure permanent health care security for Ohio coalminers, and he continues to lead the fight for a bipartisan solution to the multiemployer pension crisis threatening millions of retirees, workers, and small businesses. As the only Ohio senator in half a century to serve on the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee, Sherrod helped write the most recent Farm Bill that strengthened the farm safety net, improved conservation programs for our Lake Erie, and worked to combat childhood hunger. He helped secure Central State University's recognition as an 1890 Land Grant University - a designation for HBCU land grant universities that allows them to access particular funding - and authored and fought to secure investments ensuring the 1890s can expand their research capacity and outreach in the coming years. Sherrod is the longest-serving Ohioan on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, where he works to expand educational opportunities for veterans, servicemembers, and their families. As co-chair of the Senate Air Force Caucus, Senator Brown brought a congressional delegation of his colleagues to Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, and has secured important funding for base operations. Sherrod was born and raised in Mansfield, Ohio, where he earned his Eagle Scout award and spent summers working on his family's farm. He is married to author and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Connie Schultz, and he is the author of three books- Congress from the Inside- Observations from the Majority and the Minority, Myths of Free Trade- Why American Trade Policy Has Failed, and Desk 88- Eight Progressive Senators Who Changed America. They live in Cleveland, Ohio, with their rescue dogs, Franklin and Walter, drive Jeeps made by union workers in Toledo, and have three daughters, a son, a daughter-in-law, three sons-in-law, and eight grandchildren.

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 2006    Next Election: 2024
Spouse: Connie Schultz   DOB: 11/9/1952