Name: Sherrod Brown
City of Residence: Cleveland
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Office Desired: U.S. Senate
Why should you be elected
It’s been an honor to serve Ohio in the Senate, and I’m running for re-election to continue fighting for workers in Youngstown and every corner of Ohio. Whether you collect minimum wage, punch a clock, or earn a salary, your hard work should pay off. Patriotism demands investing in American workers, and I’ll work with anyone to do what’s best for them, their families, and their communities.
We need to make hard work pay off like it used to in this country, so more Ohio workers share in the wealth they create. That’s what I’m doing every day, because if you love this country, you fight for the people who make it work.
Top three priorities
The single biggest problem facing Ohioans is that as they work harder than ever, they have less and less to show for the work they put in. I’m fighting to make sure every single Ohioan has the opportunity to succeed — from the nurse in Cincinnati or the barber in Cleveland, to the waitress in New Philadelphia or the business owner in Sandusky. That’s why I’m running — to make sure all workers can earn a living wage, provide for their families, and retire with dignity. Ohioans deserve to see their hard work pay off, and to share in the wealth they create.
While we invest in workers, we must also invest in communities to create new jobs and new opportunities for Ohioans. Another one of my top priorities for my next term in the Senate is pursuing new policies that support U.S. job creation, from renegotiation of trade deals so they work better for Ohioans, to tax incentives for companies who keep jobs in the United States.
Fighting the opioid epidemic is another of my top priorities. I hear from Ohioans on the frontlines of this epidemic every day and they need Congress to step up and provide the resources they need to make an impact in their communities. In addition to boosting funding for the hardest-hit states like Ohio, I am working with Senator Portman to make it easier for Ohioans battling addiction to get the treatment they need.
In 2006, Ohio voters elected Sherrod Brown to the United States Senate with one of the largest margins over an incumbent in U.S. history. Today he serves on committees key to Ohio’s future: the Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee, the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, the Finance Committee, and the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee (Ranking Member).
No one fights harder for Ohio’s working families or takes his job more seriously than Sherrod. It’s a reputation he earned through his career in public service. When Sherrod won a seat in the General Assembly, he became the youngest person elected to Ohio’s House of Representatives. He went on to serve as Ohio’s Secretary of State and represented Ohio’s 13th District in the U.S. House.
Sherrod’s father was a small-town doctor who made house calls and treated everyone, regardless of their ability to pay; his mother was a teacher who taught her sons that the role of government was to help the little guy. Those values still drive Sherrod.
He was born and raised in Mansfield, Ohio — where he attended local public schools, played basketball and baseball in high school, and earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Along with his brothers Bob and Charlie, Sherrod became a lifelong Cleveland Indians fan.
Today he resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife Connie Schultz, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author. Sherrod and Connie are blessed with a growing family, including three daughters, a son, a daughter- and three sons-in-law, and seven grandchildren.