Edmund Gerald Brown Jr.


Elected state’s 34th governor in 1974, re-elected in 1978. Elected state’s 39th governor in 2010, re-elected in 2014.

Early Years: Born 1938, in San Francisco.

Education: St. Ignatius High School; attended Sacred Heart Novitiate, a Jesuit seminary; graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, and Yale Law School.

Career: Trustee for the Los Angeles Community College District, Secretary of State, Mayor of Oakland, California Attorney General, practiced law

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About California

Nickname: The Golden State

Capital: Sacramento

Population: 39 million

Size: The state covers 163,696 square miles

Economic drivers: Technology, agriculture, film industry, international trade, tourism, energy

Did you know? The famous "Hollywood" sign was installed in 1923 as "Hollywoodland" to advertise a subdivision near the top of Mount Lee. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce took over the sign in 1943 and removed the last four letters.

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