A champion for California schools and families
Julia Brownley was drawn to public service when she joined her local PTA to improve the school her daughter Hannah and her son Fred were attending. She went on to run for her local school board, served as school board president, and became one of California’s leading education advocates. Julia has helped increase student performance in local schools, fought for more resources in classrooms, given schools more local control, and worked to ensure that every student has a quality teacher; making sure all California students get a fair shot. She successfully ran for state Assembly in 2006 and served three terms fighting for women and families, earning a reputation as an effective and hardworking legislator. In 2012 Julia ran for Congress in California’s 26th Congressional District, and won a tough election in the state’s new top-two primary system – becoming the first Democrat to represent Ventura County in 70 years. Since taking office, she has fought to increase economic opportunity in Ventura County. Julia is a champion for schools, quality health care, veterans, and women’s economic security.
A fighter for women’s health care
Julia believes it is a moral and economic imperative that we fix our broken health care system and ensure access to affordable, quality health care for all Californians. A longtime advocate for health care reform, Julia fought in the California assembly to protect Californians from rising premiums that too often pushed quality health care out of reach for working families. She is a strong advocate for women, a leader in preventing domestic violence, and a pro-choice champion fighting to ensure health insurance companies cover contraception, prenatal, and preventive care for everyone. She is also a champion for our veterans, introducing the Female Veteran Suicide Prevention Act — legislation requiring the Department of Veterans Affairs to identify mental health care and suicide prevention programs that are the most effective and result in the best outcomes among at-risk women veterans — which won overwhelming bipartisan support. “We can and we must do more to address the epidemic of suicide among our women veterans,” Julia has said.
An experienced leader advocating for Golden State working families
Julia has dedicated her life to improving California’s schools, colleges, and universities; and to ensuring that all women and working families get a fair shot. She is an alumna of the EMILY’s List Political Opportunity Program, first earning the support of the EMILY’s List community when she ran for a seat in the California State Assembly. EMILY’s List is proud to stand with Julia as her continued leadership helps create progressive change and moves California forward.