Sherrod Brown was raised in Mansfield, Ohio and attended the local public schools. The son of a small town doctor who made house calls and treated everyone regardless of their ability to pay, Sherrod has never forgotten where he comes from.
As a Congressman from the 13th District since 1992, he's earned a reputation as an independent voice for ordinary Ohioans and middle-class families - a man of principle who has made a career of standing up to special interests who have too much influence in Washington.
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 stood up to both Democratic President Bill Clinton and Republican President George W. Bush to fight against the North American and Central American Free Trade Agreements.
The author of a respected book, Myths of Free Trade, Sherrod has outlined a new plan for truly fair trade that protects workers' rights, labor standards, food safety, and the environment while also supporting small businesses, family farmers, and ranchers here at home.
- He's been a leader in the fight against granting China increased trade privileges until it plays by the rules and accepts international human rights standards.
- In 2005, Sherrod led bipartisan opposition to the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) in the House of Representatives, forcing the White House and their lobbyists to cut deals and twist arms to pass the bill in the dark of night. Sherrod's leadership prompted Ohio Congressman Ted Strickland to say: "If Sherrod Brown had been in the Senate, CAFTA would not be the law of the land."
- Now he's working to make sure government contractors buy American goods with taxpayer dollars.
As a matter of principle, he has refused to accept the Congressional Health Plan until health care is available to every Ohioan. At the same time, he continues to fight insurance company and pharmaceutical company lobbyists in order to make health care more affordable for seniors, workers, and small businesses.
- He worked across party lines to pass legislation that stopped pharmaceutical corporations from price gauging, thereby reducing the price of prescription drugs.
- An outspoken critic of the misguided Medicare Part D prescription drug program, he has sponsored a law that would allow the government to negotiate bulk prices when purchasing prescription drugs on behalf of 44 million Americans, and would allow for seniors to get their drugs directly through Medicare, bypassing the private insurance industry altogether.
- He has authored legislation to strengthen safety standards in nursing homes and secured funding to make sure uninsured women diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer get the treatment they need.
For his unwavering commitment to affordable health care, Sherrod has earned numerous awards.
Sherrod opposed the War on Iraq from Day One, voting against the war authorization while working to make sure our troops get the body armor they need and the health care they deserve. He has worked to improve port security and homeland security, authoring tough new legislation that says national security must be the most important consideration in any trade agreement.
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 Ohio State University.
Sherrod currently resides in Avon, Ohio with his wife Connie Schultz, a columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer and winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. Sherrod and Connie have three daughters and a son.