Jerry Brown

Jerry Brown Biography

Posted by | Vishnu Das on | March 27, 2024

Date of Birth

7 / April / 1938


86 Years



Edmund Gerald “Jerry” Brown Jr., commonly known as Jerry Brown, earned the nickname “Moonbeam” for his unconventional political style.

Jerry Brown Height, Weight, Age, Biography, Wife & More

As a seasoned politician affiliated with the Democratic Party, Brown’s journey began when he was elected as California Secretary of State in 1970. Notably, he played a pivotal role in drafting and passing the California Political Reform Act of 1974, demonstrating his commitment to political reform and progressive ideals.

Early Life

Jerry Brown was born on April 7, 1938, in San Francisco, California, to Pat Brown, a former Governor of California, and Bernice Layne Brown. He attended St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco for high school before pursuing higher education at Santa Clara University, the University of California, Berkeley, and Yale Law School. Brown’s upbringing in a politically influential family laid the foundation for his own distinguished career in politics and law.


He hails from Oakland Hills, Oakland, California. He attended St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco for high school and pursued higher education at Santa Clara University, the University of California, Berkeley, and Yale Law School, earning a Bachelor of Arts and a Juris Doctor degree.


Jerry Brown was born on April 7, 1938, in San Francisco, California, making him an American citizen under the zodiac sign of Aries. He was 86 years old.

Physical Stats

Jerry Brown stands at a height of 178 cm (5’10”) and weighs 78 kg (172 lbs). He has captivating hazel brown eyes and distinctive white hair.


He is married to Anne Gust, with their marriage taking place in 2005. They do not have any children together.


Jerry Brown’s notable relationship was with singer Linda Ronstadt.


Jerry Brown’s family includes his father, Pat Brown, who served as a former Governor of California, his mother Bernice Layne Brown, and his sisters Kathleen Brown, Barbara Layne Brown, and Cynthia Arden Brown. He practices Roman Catholicism. Jerry Brown resides at the State Capitol Building, Sacramento, CA, 95814, Sacramento, California 95814.

Jerry Brown Family Picture

Jerry Brown Family Picture

Jerry Brown with his wife Anne Gust

Jerry Brown with his wife Anne Gust

Jerry Brown with his Girlfriend Linda Ronstadt

Jerry Brown with his Girlfriend Linda Ronstadt

California Secretary of State (1971–1975)

In 1970, Jerry Brown was elected California Secretary of State, where he vigorously pursued cases against major corporations like Standard Oil of California, International Telephone and Telegraph, Gulf Oil, and Mobil for election law violations, securing victories before the California Supreme Court. Additionally, he enforced campaign disclosure laws, and notably, he drafted and facilitated the passing of the California Political Reform Act of 1974, including Proposition 9, which established the California Fair Political Practices Commission with overwhelming support from California voters.

Move to Oakland

Following his 1992 presidential campaign, Jerry Brown relocated from San Francisco’s Pacific Heights neighborhood to Oakland’s Jack London District, a predominantly minority area with a population of 400,000. There, he constructed a multi-million dollar work-live complex, featuring amenities such as a broadcast studio and a 400-seat auditorium. From this complex, Brown launched a national talk radio show, which ran until October 1997. Despite a dip in his political career, highlighted by a dismissive reference in the motion picture “Jade”, Brown remained active in Oakland, engaging in local political issues such as bay-front development and campaign finance reform. However, his bid for a seat on the Oakland Port Commission in 1996 was unsuccessful.

Net Worth

Jerry Brown’s net worth is reported to be 2.4 million USD.

Favourite Things

Favorite Book The People’s History of the United States, By Howard Zinn,
Memoirs of a Geisha, By Arthur Golden,
Labyrinths, By Jorge Luis Borges,
The Maltese Falcon, By Dashiell Hammett,
The Unbearable Lightness of Being, By Milan Kundera
Favorite Film Enemy of the State
Favorite Food Organic Fruits, Flax Plus Multibran

Some Lesser Known Facts About Jerry Brown

  • His father Pat Brown also served as California Governor.
  • He was known as a Fiscal Conservative and due to his fiscal restraint, the State saw one of the biggest surpluses in history.
  • While holding the office of California Secretary of State (1971 – 1975), he discovered the use of notorious documents by the then-President Richard Nixon.
  • Jerry Brown walked to work instead of being a passenger in a chauffeured Limousine like previous Governors.
  • He succeeded Arnold Schwarzenegger as the California Governor in 2011.
  • He was one of the youngest Governors in the history of the state when he was first elected Governor in 1975, and when he was reelected as Governor in 2011, he had become the oldest Governor ever.
  • Does Jerry Brown smoke?: No
  • Does Jerry Brown drink alcohol?: No
  • He was a cheerleader at St. Ignatius High School.
  • When he graduated, he topped his class at the San Francisco College of Law.
  • He is a serious environmentalist and in 1977, he sponsored the first-ever tax incentive for rooftop solar among other environmental initiatives.
  • Jerry Brown strongly opposed the Death Penalty and vetoed it as a Governor.
  • In 1979, he was appointed the first openly gay judge in the United States.
  • He was also appointed the first openly lesbian judge in the United States in 1981.
  • Jerry Brown traveled to Japan to study Buddhism.
  • He worked with Mother Teresa in Kolkata, India.
  • He said in an interview that he dislikes shopping.
  • He owns a Colt 38 (revolver) given by his father.
  • There was a gap of 28 years between his 2nd and 3rd term as governor.

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Body Measurements Not known
Birth Place San Francisco, California
Children N/A
Eye Color Hazel Brown
Hair Color White
Height In CM 178 CM
Height In Meter 1.78 M
Nationality American
Parents Father: Pat Brown, Mother: Bernice Layne Brown
Profession Politician
Siblings Sisters: Kathleen Brown, Barbara Layne Brown, Cynthia Arden Brown
Spous Anne Gust
Weight 78 kg
Zodiac Sign Aries


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