Edmund Gerald "Jerry" Brown, Jr. is an American politician who has been the 39th Governor of California since 2011; he previously served as California's 34th Governor from 1975 to 1983. Both before and after his first two terms as Governor, Brown served in various state, local, and party positions. He was a member of the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees, Secretary of State of California, chairman of the California Democratic Party, Mayor of Oakland and Attorney General of California.
Brown sought the Democratic nominations for President of the United States in 1976, 1980, and 1992, and was the Democratic candidate for the United States Senate in California in 1982, but was unsuccessful in those attempts. He is the son of Pat Brown, the 32nd Governor of California.