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Willie Brown
Willie Brown (politician)

In office
January 8, 1996 – January 8, 2004
Preceded by Frank Jordan
Succeeded by Gavin Newsom

In office
December 2, 1980 – June 5, 1995
Preceded by Leo McCarthy
Succeeded by Doris Allen

Born March 20, 1934 (age 72)
Mineola, Texas
Political party Democratic
Spouse Blanche Vitero, separated

Willie Lewis Brown, Jr. (born March 20, 1934 in Mineola, Texas) is an American political figure who served over 30 years in the California State Assembly, after which he became the first African-American mayor of San Francisco. Brown is a member of the Democratic Party. ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (600x902, 357 KB) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Mayor Gavin Newsom 2004-present The Mayor of San Francisco is the head of the government of San Francisco, California. ... Francis M. Frank Jordan (born 1935) is a U.S. politician. ... Gavin Christopher Newsom (born October 10, 1967) is the 42nd Mayor of San Francisco, California. ... This is a list of Speakers of the California State Assembly. ... Leo Tarcissus McCarthy (born August 15, 1930) is a Democratic politician and businessman. ... Doris Allen (1936-1999) served in the California Assembly from 1982 to 1995 and as Speaker of that body from June to September of 1995, before being recalled from office by her constitutents. ... March 20 is the 79th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (80th in leap years). ... 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Mineola is a city located in Wood County, Texas. ... Official language(s) English (de facto) See also languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 268,581 sq mi (695,622 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... The Democratic Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States; the other being the Republican Party. ... March 20 is the 79th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (80th in leap years). ... 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Mineola is a city located in Wood County, Texas. ... The California State Assembly chamber California State Assembly Chamber in the State Capitol The California State Assembly is the lower house of the California State Legislature. ... Languages Predominantly American English Religions Predominantly Christianity and Islam Related ethnic groups Sub-Saharan Africans and other African groups, some with Native American groups. ... Nickname: The City by the Bay; Fog City; The City Location of the City and County of San Francisco, California Coordinates: Country United States of America State California City-County San Francisco  - Mayor Gavin Newsom Area    - City  47 sq mi (122 km²)  - Land  46. ... The Democratic Party is one of two major political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. ...

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Personal life

Willie Brown was born, in Mineola in east Texas, to Minnie Collins Boyd and Lewis Brown. Brown is married, but has been separated for over 25 years. He has children by his first marriage and a daughter, Sydney Brown, by Carolyn Carpeneti. Mineola is a city located in Wood County, Texas. ... Official language(s) English (de facto) See also languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 268,581 sq mi (695,622 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ...


Brown earned a bachelor's degree in political science from San Francisco State University and a J.D. from Hastings College of the Law. Brown is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African-Americans. Political science is the field of the social sciences concerning the theory and practice of politics and the description and analysis of political systems and political behavior. ... San Francisco State University is a branch of the California State University system. ... Doctor of Law or Doctor of Jurisprudence(J.D. or JD, from the Latin Juris Doctor) is a degree in law offered by universities in a number of countries. ... University of California, Hastings College of the Law is a law school located in downtown San Francisco, California. ... Alpha Phi Alpha (ΑΦΑ) is the first intercollegiate fraternity established by African Americans. ... Because of technical limitations, some web browsers may not display some special characters in this article. ... The terms fraternity and sorority (from the Latin words and , meaning brother and sister respectively) may be used to describe many social and charitable organizations, for example the Lions Club, Epsilon Sigma Alpha, Delta Sigma Phi, Rotary International, Ordo Templi Orientis or the Shriners. ...


Political career

Brown was elected to the California State Assembly from 1964-1995; he was Speaker of the Assembly from 1981-1995. In 1995 the Democrats lost control of the Assembly to Republicans led by Jim Brulte, but he soon regained control by making a deal with Republican defectors Doris Allen and Brian Setencich, both of whom were elected Speaker by the Democratic minority. During their tenures, Brown was the de facto Speaker. The California State Assembly chamber California State Assembly Chamber in the State Capitol The California State Assembly is the lower house of the California State Legislature. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States; the other being the Democratic Party. ... Jim Brulte (born April 13, 1956) is a Republican U.S. politician, who served as a California State Senator representing the 31st district, from 1996 to 2004. ... Doris Allen (1936-1999) served in the California Assembly from 1982 to 1995 and as Speaker of that body from June to September of 1995, before being recalled from office by her constitutents. ... Brian Setencich (born 1962) served in the California Assembly from 1995 to 1996 and as Speaker of that body from September 1995 to January 1996, before being recalled from office by his constitutents. ...


Brown's long service in the Assembly, coupled with that body's tenure system for leadership appointments, gave Brown almost complete control over the California Legislature by the time he became Assembly Speaker.


Brown was extremely popular in his home of San Francisco, though unpopular in the rest of the state. Nevertheless, he wielded great control over statewide legislative affairs and political appointments, making his removal from the Speakership politically difficult. Partially to remove Brown from his leadership position, Californians passed a state constitutional amendment imposing term limits on state legislators in 1990. [1] Willie Brown became the focus of the initiative and even challenged the law. The law was upheld by the courts and today California has set term limits for both the State Assembly and the Senate.[2] After term limits put Brown out of office, the Assembly re-structured their rules, giving most of the powers formerly held by the Speaker to a leadership committee made up of senior members of both major parties. Some academics say term limits are hurting democracy by capping the service of senators at two, four-year stints; and of Assembly members, at three, two-year periods of service. Some assemblyman are not completing the terms or filing for the senate upon completion of two terms.[3] A term limit is a legal restriction that limits the number of terms a person may serve in a particular elected office. ...


In 1995, Brown left the State Assembly to run for Mayor of San Francisco against incumbent Frank Jordan. Brown easily defeated Jordan. Brown served as San Francisco mayor from January 8, 1996 until January 8, 2004. He could not run for mayor again due to term limits, so he was succeeded by fellow Democrat Gavin Newsom. 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Francis M. Frank Jordan (born 1935) is a U.S. politician. ... January 8 is the 8th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... January 8 is the 8th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Gavin Christopher Newsom (born October 10, 1967) is the 42nd Mayor of San Francisco, California. ...


Criticisms

Allegations of political patronage have followed Willie Brown’s tenure as San Francisco mayor. Examples include former Republican assembly members Paul Horcher and Brian Setencich, who supported Brown's retention of the speakership in 1995. Both were hired as special assistants at San Francisco City Hall after losing their assembly seats because of their support of Brown. Former San Francisco Supervisor Bill Maher (Not to be confused with Bill Maher of Politically Incorrect fame) was also hired as a special assistant after campaigning for Brown in his first mayorial race. [1] William Bill Maher, Jr. ... Politically Incorrect was a late-night, half-hour political talk show hosted by Bill Maher that ran from 1995 to 2002. ...


Brown has been especially criticized for his relationship with political fund raiser Carolyn Carpenti, whom he met in 1995. In 1998, Brown arranged for Carpenti to obtain a rent-free office in the city-owned Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Carpeneti and Brown had a daughter in 2001 while Brown was still married to his long time spouse. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Carpeneti had been paid at least $2.33 million by nonprofit groups and political committees controlled by then Mayor Brown and his friends in a period of five years. [2] San Francisco Civic Auditorium is an indoor arena in San Francisco, California. ...


Brown in the middle

Brown's flamboyant style made him so well-known as the consummate politician that when an actor playing a party politician in 1990's The Godfather Part III didn't understand director Francis Ford Coppola's instruction to model his character after Brown, Coppola fired the actor and hired Brown himself to play the role. Brown later appeared in 2000's Just One Night as a judge. He has also played himself in two Disney films, George of the Jungle and The Princess Diaries, and the 2003 Universal release "Hulk" (as the mayor of San Francisco). The Godfather Part III (1990) is the third and final film in the Godfather trilogy written by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola, and directed by Coppola. ... Francis Ford Coppola (born April 7, 1939) is a five time Academy Award winning American film director, producer, and screenwriter. ... Just One Night can refer to: a 1980 album titled Just One Night by Eric Clapton a 1991 album titled Just One Night by Samantha Fox a 1992 album titled Just One Night by McBride & the Ride a PBS program about drunk driving titled Just One Night a film starring... Walt Disney Pictures logo (2006-present) Walt Disney Pictures is an American film studio, with off-shoot studios in Japan and other sites in the United States. ... George of the Jungle is a Saturday-morning animated television program originally broadcast on the American TV network ABC from 1967 to 1970. ... The Princess Diaries is a comedy-drama film and the screen adaptation of Meg Cabots 2000 novel of the same name. ... Look up Hulk in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Hulk may refer to: Hulk (comics), a comic book superhero in the Marvel Comics universe Hulk (film), a 2003 film based on the comic book character, directed by Ang Lee Hulk (ship), a type of ships Hulk (roller coaster), a roller coaster... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ...


From January 2006 through September 2006, Brown co-hosted a morning radio show with comedian Will Durst on a local San Francisco Air America Radio affiliate. He also makes a weekly podcast. The show was canceled in late September, 2006. Will Durst is a humorist, writer, and stand-up comic. ... Logo of Air America Radio, a U.S. radio network and program syndication sevice with a liberal point of view. ... An orange square with waves was introduced by Mozilla Firefox to indicate that an RSS feed is present on a webpage. ...


Quotes

  • "It was a horror chamber. It got to be a little bit better when…I could work in the fields and make a couple of dollars a day. At 12 years of age, I could actually make six bucks a week shining shoes. Using those dollars, to buy the things that ordinary kids had, relieved the misery a bit, but only a tiny bit."
  • "It takes greater skills to listen than it does to speak."

References

  1. ^ Lance Williams, Chuck Finnie, Chronicle Staff Writers; April 30, 2001; "Mayor's patronage army, Brown fattens payroll with loyalists, colleagues, friends"; San Francisco Chronicle; url accessed October 21, 2006
  2. ^ Lance Williams, Patrick Hoge, Chronicle Staff Writers; July 13, 2003; "Love and Money, Mayor's fund-raiser got millions", San Francisco Chronicle, url accessed October 20, 2006

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External links

Mayor's fund-raiser got millions The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about motion pictures, actors, movie stars, TV shows, TV stars, production crew personnel, movie pictures, cast, crew as well as video games. ... NNDB, ostensibly standing for Notable Names Database, produced by Soylent Communications, is an online database of biographical details of notable people. ...

  • [6] Sf Chronicle, Biographer captures mayor in print
  • [7]SF Chronicle, Mayor's patronage army

Further reading

  • Clucas, Richard A. (1994) The Speaker's Electoral Connection: Willie Brown and the California Assembly. University of California Press.
  • Green, Robert Lee (1974) Willie L. Brown, Jr: Daring Black Leader (Black Leader Series). Franklin Publishers.
  • Lewis, Gregory (October 1, 1997) Running the show: Mayor Willie Brown's life of public service. In The Black Collegian.
  • Richardson, James (1997) Willie Brown: A Biography. University of California Press.
  • Richardson, James (1993) Willie Brown: The Early Years. Alicia Patterson Foundation.
  • Weintraub, Daniel M (July 1, 1995) Keeping the grip on power. In State Legislatures.
Political offices
Preceded by
Frank Jordan
Mayor of San Francisco
January 8, 1996January 8, 2004
Succeeded by
Gavin Newsom
Preceded by
Leo T. McCarthy
Speaker of the California State Assembly
December 2, 1980June 5, 1995
Succeeded by
Doris Allen
Persondata
NAME Brown, Willie Lewis, Jr.
ALTERNATIVE NAMES
SHORT DESCRIPTION
DATE OF BIRTH March 20, 1934
PLACE OF BIRTH Mineola, Texas, United States
DATE OF DEATH
PLACE OF DEATH

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Willie Brown (politician) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (552 words)
Brown served as San Francisco mayor from January 8, 1996 (after defeating incumbent Frank Jordan), until January 8, 2004; he could not run for mayor again due to term limits, so he was succeeded by fellow Democrat Gavin Newsom.
Brown had previously been a member of the California State Assembly from 1964-1995; he was Speaker of the Assembly from 1981-1995.
Brown's flamboyant style made him so well-known as the consummate politician that when an actor playing a party politician in 1990's The Godfather Part III didn't understand director Francis Ford Coppola's instruction to model his character after Brown, Coppola fired the actor and hired Brown himself to play the role.
Willie Brown - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (131 words)
Willie Brown (politician) (born 1934), African-American mayor of San Francisco (1996–2004), Speaker of the Californian State Assembly (1980–1995)
Willie Brown (musician) (1900–1952), American delta blues guitarist and singer
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