Julia (Julia) Brownley (D-USH26)
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Capitol: 202.225.5811
FAX: 202.225.1100
District: 805.379.1779
Representative
Room 2262 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-0526

Residence: Westlake Village, CA
Elected: 2012    Next Election: 2024
DOB: 8/28/1952
Committee Assignments
RM MemberHouse Subcommittee on Health
FC MemberHouse Mentoring Caucus
FC MemberHouse Impact Aid Coalition
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Long Range Strike
Co-ChairCongressional Range and Testing Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Citrus Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Skin Cancer Caucus
Co-ChairBipartisan Congressional Dyslexia Caucus
FC MemberHouse Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Ready Mixed Concrete Caucus
Co-ChairReinvesting in Our Returning Heroes Task Force
FC MemberGulf War Veterans Caucus
Co-ChairHouse E-2D Hawkeye Caucus
FC MemberAmerica's Caucus
FC MemberVeterans Education Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Solar Caucus
FC MemberCalifornia Aerospace Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Down Syndrome Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on the Deadliest Cancers
FC MemberCongressional Burn Pits Caucus
FC MemberHouse Public Works and Infrastructure Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Recreational Vehicle (RV) Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Work for Warriors Caucus
FC MemberAuto Care Caucus
FC MemberHouse Cancer Prevention Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Caucus (STEM Caucus)
FC MemberCongressional Dietary Supplement Caucus (CDSC)
FC MemberCongressional Invasive Species Caucus
FC MemberHouse Specialty Crops Caucus
FC MemberRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
FC MemberHouse Science and National Labs Caucus
FC MemberHouse General Aviation Caucus
FC MemberUSO Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Neuroscience Caucus
FC MemberCrohn's and Colitis Caucus
FC MemberRecording Arts and Sciences Congressional Caucus
FC MemberCongressional High Technology Caucus
FC MemberHouse Baltic Caucus
FC MemberCrime Survivors and Justice Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Veterans' Affairs
FC MemberCongressional Small Business Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Baby Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Lupus Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Primary Care Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic
FC MemberCongressional Building Trades Caucus
FC MemberHouse Quiet Skies Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Civility and Respect Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Tourette Syndrome Caucus
FC MemberBrain Injury Task Force
FC MemberAmerica's Languages Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Planetary Science Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Working Group to End Domestic Violence
FC MemberBlue Collar Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Safe Climate Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Community Health Center Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Aviation
FC MemberCongressional Automotive Caucus
FC MemberIndia Caucus
FC MemberMilitary Veterans Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Ports Opportunity, Renewal, Trade, and Security [P.O.R.T.S.] Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Organic Caucus
FC MemberNational Guard and Reserve Components Caucus
FC MemberUnited States Coast Guard Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Nursing Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Caucus
FC MemberUnexploded Ordnance (UXO)/Demining Caucus
FC MemberNational Marine Sanctuary Caucus
FC MemberEndangered Species Act (ESA) Caucus
FC MemberCongressional TRIO Caucus
FC MemberCongressional HIV/AIDS Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus
FC MemberCoalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE)
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Armenian Issues
FC MemberBipartisan Coalition for Combating Anti-Semitism
FC MemberCongressional Rare Disease Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Foster Youth
FC MemberExpand Social Security Caucus (House)
FC MemberElectrification Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment
FC MemberHouse Small Brewers Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
FC MemberCongressional Assisting Caregivers Today (ACT) Caucus
FC MemberBlack Maternal Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Heart and Stroke Coalition
FC MemberBicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
FC MemberCongressional Animal Protection Caucus
FC MemberSustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC)
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus
FC MemberNew Democrat Coalition (NDC)
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force
FC MemberCongressional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ+) Equality Caucus
Counties Representing
Los Angeles / Ventura

Bio

Julia Brownley was first elected to Congress in 2012 to serve as the Representative for California's 26th District, which encompasses most of Ventura County and a portion of Los Angeles County, including the cities of Ventura, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Ojai, Santa Paula, Fillmore, Camarillo, Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, along with some areas of Simi Valley.

Locally, Brownley spearheaded passage of legislation authorizing VA to move forward with development of a new community clinic, which will expand specialty health services and increase staffing. The new community clinic is scheduled to open in 2022, and will be located at 5250 Ralston Street in Ventura. Brownley has also held several local field hearings to bring attention to the need to expand VA services in Ventura County, including complementary and alternative medicine, long-term care, and tele-health. In 2017, the House Democratic Caucus selected Brownley to co-chair the Reinvesting in Our Returning Heroes Task Force, based on her ongoing leadership on veterans' issues. She was named HillVets Legislator of the Year in 2018 and received the Blinded Veterans Association Legislative Champion Award, as well as the Health IT Now Pioneer Award for her work expanding telemedicine at the VA. In 2021, Brownley was the recipient of the American Legion's Distinguished Public Service Award for her "outstanding record in support of veterans." Brownley also sits on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, where she serves on the Subcommittee on Aviation and the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit. Since coming to Congress, Brownley has been a steadfast champion of the Port of Hueneme, Channel Islands Harbor, Ventura Harbor, and our local airports, which are significant economic hubs for our community. She has helped secure funds and resources to maintain and expand our local infrastructure, promote job creation, and revenue growth for the region. She passed legislation ensuring the Port of Hueneme would be eligible for 'donor port' funds for infrastructure development. She received the Contract Tower Congressional Leadership Award for her advocacy on air traffic control issues. She also spearheaded passage of legislation in the 2018 FAA Reauthorization Act to improve air travel for disabled veterans and other individuals with disabilities. Brownley also serves on the New Democrat Coalition's Infrastructure Task Force.

In 2019, Brownley was appointed by the Speaker of the House to serve on the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis because of her long career fighting at the forefront of environmental policy. She was a co-author of the Committee's 2020 report, Solving the Climate Crisis- The Congressional Action Plan for a Clean Energy Economy and a Healthy and Just America, which was praised as "the most detailed and well-thought-out plan for addressing climate change that has ever been a part of US politics." In 2021, Brownley joined the House Committee on Natural Resources where she serves on the Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife. In Congress, Brownley has been an outspoken advocate for preserving the natural beauty of Ventura County and for ensuring our coastal communities are protected from the effects of climate change. She has also worked tirelessly to help Ventura County recover from increasingly frequent and severe wildfires and to help our communities prepare and adapt to mitigate future climate impacts.

While in the California Assembly, Brownley served for six years on the Committee on Natural Resources, which had primary jurisdiction over air quality, climate change, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and coastal protection. She also took a leadership role in overseeing implementation of AB32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, landmark legislation that propelled our state forward as a national and global leader in taking concrete action to address the climate crisis. She also received the 2010 Environmental Champions Award from the Environmental Working Group and is a recipient of the Sierra Club Political Leadership Award.

Brownley has also been recognized for her leadership on healthcare issues, including being named Outstanding Federal Legislator by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Distinguished Community Health Advocate by the National Association of Community Health Centers, and a Champion of Change by the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS). She also received the NDSS Down Syndrome Research Super Hero Award, the National Association of County Behavioral Health & Developmental Disability Directors Award for Service in Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice, and the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Ojai Valley Appreciation Award.

Brownley began her career in public service in 1994 after deciding to run for the local school board as a way to advocate for a better education for her daughter, who had dyslexia, and other special-needs students. She won and served on the school board for three subsequent terms working to ensure that local schools provided a quality education for every student in the district. She was elected to the California State Legislature in 2006, where she served as Chairwoman of the Assembly Education Committee for four years. She also served on every educational committee in the Assembly, including the Committee on Higher Education, Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Education Finance, and the State Allocation Board.

After graduating with a BA in political science from George Washington University and earning an MBA from American University, Congresswoman Brownley held several marketing positions with private businesses before finding her true calling in public service. She resides in Westlake Village, in Ventura County, and has two children- Hannah, who works for an international aid organization, and Fred, who graduated from UCLA Medical School and is currently a physician at UCSF Medical Center.