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Sherrod Brown (Democrat)

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ResidenceColumbus, OH
EducationB.A. Yale University, 1974 M.A., The Ohio State University 1979 M.A., The Ohio State University 1981
EmployerCitizens of Ohio
FamilySpouse - Connie Schultz
Children - Andy, Emily, Elizabeth and Caitlin
Reasons for runningThe most important issues in this race are jobs, the economy, and protecting Social Security and Medicare. I firmly believe that manufacturing is the backbone of Ohio's economy. That's why I called for the auto rescue package before either administration took action to save General Motors and Chrysler. Today, American automakers are posting record profits and we're seeing growth among Ohio manufacturers. It's also far past time for us to take a stand against China. I've spent my career fighting against unfair trade deals that hurt Ohio workers and my bipartisan bill, which was the largest jobs bill passed in the U.S. Senate in 2011, would stop China from unfairly manipulating its currency. We also can't forget the promises made to our seniors - that's why protecting Social Security and Medicare against those who would weaken both programs or reduce their benefits is so critical.
PrioritiesI have fought every single day in the Senate to create jobs and strengthen Ohio’s middle class, and as long as I am in Washington that will never change.

I’m proud to have led the charge to pass the auto rescue package, helping to protect more than nearly 850,000 Ohio jobs. Instead of padlocked plants, auto sales are up, factories are back up and running and thousands are back to work. I believe protecting Ohio jobs is the right thing to do, and I will never back down from voting to rescue the iconic American auto industry.

Ohio’s workers can compete with anyone, but they deserve a level playing field and that starts with standing up to China’s cheating. My bipartisan bill currency bill has the support of Ohio’s Republican Senator Rob Portman and will crack down on China’s illegal currency manipulation, which has cost thousands of Ohio jobs. My opponent has repeatedly refused to support my bill.

I will fiercely defend our seniors and ensure Ohioans have the ability to retire with dignity and respect. I strongly oppose efforts to privatize Social Security and fought against efforts to end Medicare as we know it.

I will fight every day to make quality education more affordable. I voted to prevent student loan interest rates from doubling for more than more than 380,000 Ohio students.

I also will fight to make sure that new energy jobs in the oil and natural gas industry go to Ohioans by making sure training and educational opportunities are available and that any exploration for natural resources is done as safely as possible to protect local communities.
QualificationsI have spent my career fighting for Ohio workers by voting against unfair trade deals, standing up for Ohio's auto industry and always siding with Ohio seniors by opposing efforts to privatize Social Security or turn Medicare into a voucher system.
Positions on the issuesI'm asking for your support so that I can continue the fight in Washington to lift and grow our middle class. I'm proud to have led the charge to rescue the auto industry, helping to protect nearly 850,000 industry related jobs across Ohio. I've spent my career fighting against unfair trade deals that hurt Ohio workers and I'll continue standing up to China by fighting for my bill that would stop China from unfairly manipulating its currency. For as long as I represent Ohio, I'll protect Social Security and Medicare from those would weaken it and fight for every single job, every single day, in every single way I know how.

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