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In Ohio and in Washington, Senator Brown has earned a reputation as a public official who looks to the future. His commitment to making Ohio the Silicon Valley of Clean Energy began when he wrote Ohio's first solar energy law in 1977 as a member of the Ohio General Assembly. As a U.S. Senator, Brown is working with Ohio’s universities, entrepreneurs, labor unions, and community leaders to help utilize Ohio’s natural resources — wind, solar, and biofuels — and to develop a clean energy industry in the state.

As a result of this collaborative work, Senator Brown introduced the Green Energy Production Act of 2009 – which he first introduced in 2008. The Green Energy Production Act would encourage production of clean energy manufacturing technologies and domestic sources of clean energy. Senator Brown recognizes that creating clean energy jobs is both an economic and environmental strategy. Most recently in April 2009, he convened a ground-breaking Clean Energy Summit that connected Ohio clean energy businesses, workers, and municipalities with federal resources available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Senator Brown worked with his colleagues on the Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee (H.E.L.P.) to pass an historic health insurance reform bill that is now pending before Congress. This legislation would increase competition to reduce private insurance premiums, provide more insurance options so that every American can gain access to coverage, and prevent insurers from discriminating against consumers based on age or pre-existing health conditions.

In 2008, Senator Brown worked to re-authorize Healthy Start, a program that reduces infant mortality and low birth weight. In 2009, Senator Brown helped to strengthen the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which expands access to health insurance for 11 million children nationwide.

Senator Brown is also building a coalition to revamp our trade policies. In 2008, he introduced the TRADE Act, forward-looking and pro-trade legislation which would review and renegotiate existing trade agreements while strengthening the role of Congress in trade policy making. By using trade policies to expand economic opportunity for the middle class, Senator Brown is working to expand opportunities for American manufacturing, to protect workers’ rights and the environment, and to strengthen product and food safety.

An early and outspoken opponent of the Iraq war, Senator Brown is fighting for comprehensive benefits for our nation's veterans. As a member of the Veterans Affairs Committee, Senator Brown takes this privilege seriously and works to ensure our nation’s veterans are guaranteed the benefits they have earned.

As a Congressman representing the 13th District from 1993 – 2006, Senator Brown represented 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 that have too much influence in Washington.

Senator Brown sits on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee; the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee and is Chairman of its Subcommittee on Economic Policy; the Veterans Affairs Committee; and the Ethics Committee. He's the first Ohio Senator in 40 years to sit on the Agriculture and Nutrition Committee and is the Chairman of its Subcommittee on Hunger, Nutrition, and Family Farms.

A native of Mansfield, Ohio, Senator Brown is married to Pulitzer-prize winning columnist Connie Schultz. They reside in Avon, Ohio, and have three daughters, a son, and a grandson all of whom make Ohio their home.

Blog Entries by Sen. Sherrod Brown

Fighting Prescription Drug Abuse

0 Comments | Posted March 11, 2011 | 10:13 AM

"I live in a small rural town with a big city problem."

Brittany, a nursing student from Delaware County, reached out to me about the growing prescription drug abuse problem. She is not alone.

It is an issue that touches Ohioans in all 88 counties.

Right now, people...

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We Can't Afford to Give Up on American Workers

0 Comments | Posted February 14, 2011 | 4:14 PM

When Congress rushes through foreign trade agreements, proponents assure us that we'll take care of the workers affected by unfair foreign trade.

Last week, the Senate had the chance to match its words with actions by passing an extension of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program (TAA) and...

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Saving Lives by Stopping Drunk Drivers

0 Comments | Posted February 8, 2011 | 8:34 AM

One life that is lost senselessly is one too many. Since 2005, more than 1,800 Ohioans have been killed in auto accidents involving an alcohol impaired driver. We can develop the technology needed to save lives by stopping drunk drivers from operating a car in the first place.

Ideas for...

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Let's Not Return to the Days of Health Insurance Abuse

0 Comments | Posted January 25, 2011 | 11:28 AM

In America, a family should never be forced into bankruptcy because a child gets sick. In America, an Ohio family shouldn't be denied coverage if it reaches arbitrary annual or lifetime limits on benefits. In America, Ohio seniors shouldn't have to cut pills in half or forgo their medicine altogether...

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Protecting Our Government From Corporate Influence

0 Comments | Posted June 23, 2010 | 4:19 PM

Over these last two months we have watched the unfolding disaster in the Gulf with horror. We have seen precious lives lost; hard-earned livelihoods hammered; treasured ways of life imperiled. But we have seen something else too -- something that ought to be a lasting lesson from this catastrophe: we...

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Preventing Corporate Influence in Political Elections

0 Comments | Posted February 4, 2010 | 11:29 AM

Last month, a narrowly-divided Supreme Court ruled that corporations are people under the Constitution and should be able to spend unlimited amounts of money to sway voters to their way of thinking.

For a majority that prides itself on divining the original intent of the framers of that Constitution, it...

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Health Insurance Reform Must Include Public Option

0 Comments | Posted October 8, 2009 | 12:08 PM

A majority of Americans support a public option. An overwhelming majority of Democrats in Congress support a public option. Doctors support a public option. Why then is the public option seen by some as the third rail of health insurance reform?

We know the disturbing facts by heart: Millions...

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America Needs a National Manufacturing Policy. Now.

0 Comments | Posted July 17, 2009 | 11:02 AM

Not too long ago, the ticket to the middle class was straightforward. Work hard, play by the rules, and you'll have something to show for it -- a good wage, a secure job and home, and a solid pension.

Our nation -- and economy -- relied on workers around...

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Health Reform That Works for Every American

0 Comments | Posted July 2, 2009 | 5:37 PM

This morning, millions of people all over this country woke up hoping today isn't the day they get sick. Millions of Americans went to work wondering whether today would be the last day they get paid in a while. And millions sat up late last night at the kitchen table,...

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Ohio Voters Call for Big Ideas

0 Comments | Posted March 5, 2008 | 12:33 PM

We all knew Ohio was going to matter in the 2008 presidential election. We just didn't know it would be this soon.

As the candidates and their surrogates scurried from the Mahoning Valley to the Miami Valley, we heard the echoes of 2006.

Here's what we--as participants and...

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New Leadership Needed at the Consumer Product Safety Commission

0 Comments | Posted November 2, 2007 | 4:45 PM

This year our nation has witnessed recall after recall of contaminated products including toys, vitamins, pet food, and tires. Our fundamentally-flawed trade policy, mixed with a resistant consumer protection agency, has eroded nearly 40 years of safety standards in our nation -- safety standards that allowed parents to trust that...

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Same Product, New Package

0 Comments | Posted January 10, 2007 | 7:49 PM

Tonight the president will address the nation, calling for at least 20,000 more troops to be sent to Iraq. Some have called this a "surge." Let's call this for what it is -- an escalation. In anticipation of his speech, I issued the following statement:

Nearly four years ago...

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Trading Away Our Security

0 Comments | Posted June 30, 2006 | 8:31 AM

After the public outcry over the Dubai ports deal, you'd think Republicans in Washington would think twice before proposing another trade deal that could threaten our national and economic security.

Think again.

Yesterday, Senator Mike DeWine voted for a free trade agreement with Oman which then passed the Republican-controlled...

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End the Standoff on Stem Cell Research

0 Comments | Posted May 24, 2006 | 8:13 AM

One year ago today, the U.S. House of Representatives gave hope to the 100 million Americans who suffer from serious medical conditions by overwhelmingly voting to repeal Bush administration restrictions on stem cell research.

To the dismay of patients and their families, the legislation has been stalled in the U.S....

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The Party of National Security

0 Comments | Posted March 13, 2006 | 10:20 AM

Republicans used to be considered the party of national security, but now a new poll shows that more Americans trust Democrats than President Bush to protect them at home.

The results are significant, but they shouldn't be all that surprising, as I've learned while traveling across my state...

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UAE Port Deal: Trading Away Our Security

0 Comments | Posted February 24, 2006 | 1:37 PM

Today I called for a halt to trade negotiations with the United Arab Emirates at a news conference at the Cleveland Port Authority.

Recently, the Bush administration approved the takeover of six United States ports' security by Dubai Ports World, a state-owned company controlled by the United Arab Emirates....

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A Defining American Moment: Honoring Coretta Scott King

0 Comments | Posted February 8, 2006 | 3:46 PM

A New York Times' headline this morning read, "At Mrs. King's Funeral, a Mix of Elegy and Politics." The headline fits well for a woman's life that exemplified the fight for social and economic justice.

Coretta Scott King carried on her husband's legacy for decades after his death. Yesterday...

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The Elephant in the Room: Ignoring Seniors at the State of the Union

0 Comments | Posted January 31, 2006 | 3:39 PM

At tonight's State of the Union address, George Bush will avoid many things. The truth about the quagmire in Iraq, massive government debt and the growing trade deficit are probably not included in the text of his speech. Instead he will propose a series of new initiatives without pausing to...

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Put Martin Luther King on the Ballot this November

0 Comments | Posted January 16, 2006 | 9:37 AM

We know that Martin Luther King devoted his life to the battle for social justice. He also believed passionately in the cause of economic justice. Few people remember that the day he was killed on April 4, 1968, he was in Memphis to march with and speak out on behalf...

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Why I'm a Progressive

0 Comments | Posted December 19, 2005 | 7:58 AM

UPDATE: See Sherrod's response to reader feedback in the comments below.

I want to thank Arianna Huffington for all she is doing to organize and lead the progressive movement in this country. Thank you to her and her staff for this opportunity to speak directly to so many fellow progressives....

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