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Shontel Brown

Shontel Brown
Party:
Democratic
Chamber:
House
State:
District:
11

OH-11: Shontel Brown (D) 

REPLACING:

Marcia Fudge (D)[i]

WORK HISTORY:

US House of Representatives (Representative, OH-11); Diversified Digital Solutions (Founder / Owner); Cuyahoga County (OH) Council (Councilmember); Warrensville Heights (OH) City Council (Councilmember); Hotcards.com (Director of Sales); Radio One (Senior Account Manager); Telco Communications Group (Marketing Support Representative); MCS Distribution (Regional Marketing Representative)[ii]

EDUCATION:

Diploma, John Adams High School; AS, Cuyahoga Community College; BS, Wilberforce University[iii]

CAMPAIGNED ON:

An End to Gun Violence; A Bold Recovery from COVID; Lower Health Care Costs & Cover Everyone with High Quality Care; Expand Opportunity & End Poverty; A Justice Agenda[iv]

ON THE ISSUES

REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS:

Brown said the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade was “a deliberate attack” on reproductive rights. She has repeatedly called to codify the abortion ruling into federal law.[v] [vi] She opposes the Hyde Amendment, asserting it denies coverage to those who need it most.[vii] [viii]

ECONOMY, JOBS & TAXES:

Brown commits to fighting for paid family and medical leave. She also supports passing the PRO Act and empowering unions. She supports “a path to a $15 minimum wage that indexes to inflation so it has built-in increases.”[ix] As a federal representative, Brown voted in favor of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill and supported Build Back Better. She has cosponsored legislation “to protect Ohio workers against unfair trade practices” and to raise the minimum wage.[x]

HEALTHCARE & SOCIAL SAFETY NET:

Brown believes a public option “is the fastest and most immediate mechanism” to lower healthcare costs and expand coverage, but notes that she would vote in favor of Medicare for All “if it came to the House floor.” She has called for legislation allowing Medicare to negotiate lower prescription drug costs and ending tax breaks for drug company advertising. Brown wants to prioritize health equity and end racial disparities in healthcare.[xi]

IMMIGRATION & BORDER SECURITY:

Brown has said Dreamers “make our state and our nation stronger,” and has advocated for passage of the Dream and Promise Act, providing Dreamers a pathway to citizenship.[xii] [xiii]

CRIME & PUBLIC SAFETY:

Brown supports the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which includes criminal justice reforms and eliminates discriminatory policing practices. As a Cuyahoga County Council Member, Brown worked to develop options “so that people who call 911 have a crisis intervention option, and don’t have to rely on police.”[xiv]

GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS & ELECTION SECURITY:

Brown supports the For The People Act and The John Lewis Voting Rights Act, which expands voting rights, limits gerrymandering, and reduces the role of money in politics.[xv] She has criticized attempts to restrict voting rights, including voter ID laws, voter registry purges, and voter intimidation.[xvi]

EDUCATION:

Brown supports universal Pre-K, free community college, free four-year public college for families making under $125,000, and “some college debt cancellation for everyone.”[xvii] As a federal representative, Brown introduced bills to improve access to school meals for children and establish a new program to reduce class sizes in K-3 grades. [xviii]

CLIMATE CHANGE, ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT:

Brown supports “the principles laid out in the Green New Deal” and is committed to “aggressive action on climate change with net-zero emissions by 2050 and a carbon-free power sector by 2035.”[xix]

GUN SAFETY:

In the US House, Brown commits to taking on the NRA and working to end gun violence. She supports universal background checks, gun buy-back programs, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and banning gun sales to anyone convicted of a hate crime or domestic violence. She also says gun manufacturers should be held accountable “for the harm their products cause.”[xx]

FOREIGN POLICY:

Brown has called on the US and its allies to “hold Russia accountable for the destruction and devastating loss of life it will bring” amidst the war in Ukraine.[xxi]


[i] “Marcia Fudge,” LegiStorm, accessed November 7, 2022, available at https://www.legistorm.com/person/bio/66894/Marcia_Louise_Fudge.html.

[ii] “Rep. Shontel Brown,” LegiStorm, accessed October 13, 2022, available at https://www.legistorm.com/person/bio/404824/Shontel_Monique_Brown.html.

[iii] “Rep. Shontel Brown,” LegiStorm, accessed October 13, 2022, available at https://www.legistorm.com/person/bio/404824/Shontel_Monique_Brown.html.

[iv] “Priorities,” Re-Elect Congresswoman Shontel Brown, accessed October 13, 2022, available at https://shontelbrown.com/priorities/.

[v] “Rep. Brown Statement on Supreme Court Decision Overturning Roe V. Wade,” Office of US Representative Shontel Brown Press Release, June 24, 2022,  available at https://shontelbrown.house.gov/media/press-releases/rep-brown-statement-supreme-court-decision-overturning-roe-v-wade.

[vi] Rep. Shontel Brown Twitter, December 10, 2021, available at https://twitter.com/RepShontelBrown/status/1469437651367383057.

[vii] Rep. Shontel Brown Twitter, September 28, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/RepShontelBrown/status/1575138263248928774.

[viii] Rep. Shontel Brown Twitter, September 28, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/RepShontelBrown/status/1575138511119781889.

[ix] “Priorities,” Re-Elect Congresswoman Shontel Brown, accessed October 13, 2022, available at https://shontelbrown.com/priorities/.

[x] “Accomplishments,” Re-Elect Congresswomen Shontel Brown, accessed October 14, 2022, available at https://shontelbrown.com/accomplishments/.

[xi] “Priorities,” Re-Elect Congresswoman Shontel Brown, accessed October 13, 2022, available at https://shontelbrown.com/priorities/.

[xii] Rep. Shontel Brown Twitter, March 18, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/RepShontelBrown/status/1504870454623883269.

[xiii] Rep. Shontel Brown Twitter, June 15, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/RepShontelBrown/status/1537096524525608968.

[xiv] “Priorities,” Re-Elect Congresswoman Shontel Brown, accessed October 13, 2022, available at https://shontelbrown.com/priorities/.

[xv] “Priorities,” Re-Elect Congresswoman Shontel Brown, accessed October 13, 2022, available at https://shontelbrown.com/priorities/.

[xvi] Rep. Shontel Brown Twitter, January 18, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/RepShontelBrown/status/1483481069320085504.

[xvii] “Priorities,” Re-Elect Congresswoman Shontel Brown, accessed October 13, 2022, available at https://shontelbrown.com/priorities/.

[xviii] “Accomplishments,” Re-Elect Congresswomen Shontel Brown, accessed October 14, 2022, available at https://shontelbrown.com/accomplishments/.

[xix] “Priorities,” Re-Elect Congresswoman Shontel Brown, accessed October 13, 2022, available at https://shontelbrown.com/priorities/.

[xx] “Priorities,” Re-Elect Congresswoman Shontel Brown, accessed October 13, 2022, available at https://shontelbrown.com/priorities/.

[xxi] Rep. Shontel Brown Twitter, February 24, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/RepShontelBrown/status/1496854461897228293.

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