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Governor Brown Issues Statement on Death of CAL FIRE Employee

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued the following statement regarding the death of California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Heavy Equipment Operator Braden Varney: “Anne and I were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Heavy Equipment Operator Braden Varney, a man who dedicated his life to protecting his fellow Californians. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and many colleagues who are mourning this sudden and tragic loss.” Heavy Equipment Operator Varney, 36, died today while fighting the Ferguson Fire on the Sierra...

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Governor Brown Signs Legislation 

Governor Brown Signs Legislation 

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced that he has signed the following bills: AB 1527 by Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles) – Cannabis: Cannabis Control Appeals Panel. AB 1678 by Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Palo Alto) – Elections:...

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About the Governor


Edmund G. Brown Jr. was born in San Francisco on April 7, 1938. Brown was elected California Secretary of State in 1970 and Governor in 1974 and 1978. After his governorship, Brown lectured and traveled widely, practiced law, served as California’s Democratic Party chairman and ran for president. Brown was elected Oakland Mayor in 1998 and California Attorney General in 2006. He was elected Governor again in 2010 and reelected in 2014 to serve a historic fourth term. Under Brown, California has created more than 2.7 million new jobs, eliminated a $27 billion budget deficit and enacted sweeping environmental, public safety, immigration, health care, water, transportation, pension, education, housing and economic development reforms.