Sherrod Brown (D-OH)

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Democratic incumbent U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown is running for reelection in 2018. He has a long history of public service, working in the Ohio state government and in the U.S. House of Represntatives before his election to the U.S. Senate.Brown ran unopposed in the Democratic primary and will run against conservative Republican U.S. Representative Jim Renacci in the general election.

Background and Achievements

Sherrod Brown grew up in Mansfield, Ohio, where he attended public schools. He currently lives in Cleveland. He has a BA from Yale University and an MA in education and an MPA from the Ohio State University. In his work, he has been a teacher both in Ohio public schools and at the Ohio State University. Brown also has a long history of public service in government. He has served in the Ohio General Assembly and the U.S. House of Representatives and has worked as Ohio’s Secretary of State.

Brown has 100% ratings from the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, NARAL Pro-Choice America, the NAACP, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the Human Rights Campaign, the National Education Association, the Alliance for Retired Americans, and the AFL-CIO as well as a 95% from the League of Conservation Voters and a 7% from the National Rifle Association.

Positions on Key Issues

  • Believes in full reproductive healthcare rights
  • Supports the Affordable Care Act and belives in quality healthcare for every American
  • Advocates for LBGTQ rights
  • Supports investing in clean energy technologies
  • Believes in a $15 minimum wage and paid family and medical leave
  • Promotes equal pay for equal work
  • Supports commonsense gun safety reform
  • Supports manufacturing jobs for Ohioans

Prospects & Opponents

Incumbent Sherrod Brown ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on May 8. In the general election, Brown will run against Republican primary winner U.S. Representative Jim Renacci. Renacci is running a campaign that is opposed to reproductive health rights, the Affordable Care Act, and commonsense gun reform. He also supports the construction of Trump’s border wall. Brown was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006 and won his last re-election in 2012 by 6 percent. The Cook Political Report rates the election as leaning Democratic. The two most recent polls reported that Brown is winning solidly. From June 17 to 21, NBC News/Marist reported Brown winning by 13 points and from June 7 to 12, Quinnipiac reported him winning by 17 points.


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