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Jerry Brown, JD Biography

Former Governor of California
Pro to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"

“The crux of the matter is whether the State of California should continue to make it a crime for a dying person to end his life, no matter how great his pain and suffering. I have carefully read the thoughtful opposition materials presented by a number of doctors, religious leaders and those who champion disability rights. I have considered the theological and religious perspectives that any deliberate shortening of one’s life is sinful. I have also read the letters of those who support the bill, including heartfelt please from Brittany Maynard’s family and Archbishop Desmond Tutu… In the end, I was left to reflect on what I would want in the face of my own death. I do not know what I would do if I were dying in prolonged and excruciating pain. I am certain, however, that it would be a comfort to be able to consider the options afforded by this bill. And I wouldn’t deny that right to others.”

Letter to the Members of the California State Assembly,, Oct. 15, 2015

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Governor of California, 1975-1983 and 2011-2019
  • 31st Attorney General of California, 2007-2010
  • Mayor of Oakland, 1999-2007
  • Sought Democratic presidential nomination, 1992
  • Chairman, California Democratic Party, 1989-1991
  • CARE Ambassador of Good Will, Bangladesh, 1988
  • Worked with Mother Teresa, Home for the Dying, India
  • California Secretary of State, 1971-1975
  • Elected to Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees, 1969
  • Former Attorney, Tuttle & Taylor
  • Former law clerk to California Supreme Court Justice Mathew Tobriner
  • JD, Yale Law School, 1964
  • BA, Classics, University of California at Berkeley, 1961
  • Attended Sacred Heart Novitiate
  • Attended University of Santa Clara
  • Born in San Francisco on Apr. 7, 1938
  • Legal name is Edmund Gerald Brown, Jr.
  • Twitter handle: @JerryBrownGov
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