About Willie L. Brown, Jr.


  • Served two terms as the 41st Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco
    - January 8, 1996 to January 8, 2004
  • Speaker of the California State Assembly
    - longest-serving Speaker in California history (1980 – 1995) and one of two African Americans.
  • Member of the California State Assembly
    (1964 – 1995)
  • Re-Elected 16 straight times to the 13th Assembly District (D-San Francisco)
  • Chair, Committee on Ways and Means
    (youngest in history of California and only African American)
  • Board of Trustees, California State University system (23 campuses and 350,000 students)
  • Regent, University of California
    (10 campuses and 200,000 students)
  • Chair, Revenue and Taxation Committee
  • Board of Administration, CalPERS


  • Bachelor of Arts, San Francisco State University, 1955
  • Juris Doctor, Hastings College of Law, University of California, 1958
  • Admitted to practice law, State of California, all Federal Courts and Supreme Court


  • Doctor of Law, Morehouse College, Atlanta
  • Doctor of Law, Atlanta University, Atlanta
  • Doctor of Law, University of Alabama, Birmingham
  • Doctor of Law, Golden Gate University, San Francisco
  • Doctor of Law, Lincoln University, San Francisco
  • Doctor of Laws, San Francisco State University, San Francisco
  • Doctor of Law, Jarvis Christian College, Hawkins, Texas
  • Doctor of Law, Wilberforce University, Wilberforce, Ohio
  • Doctor of Laws, Dominican University of California
  • Doctor of Science, California College of Podiatric Medicine
  • Fellow, Crown College, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Juris Doctor, San Joaquin College of Law, Clovis, CA
  • Juris Doctor, Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Juris Doctor, Southern University, Baton Rouge
  • Juris Doctor, The City College of New York
  • Juris Doctor, Paine College, Augusta, Georgia
  • Juris Doctor, Lorenzo Patino School of Law, University of Northern California


  • Born on March 20, 1934 in Mineola, Texas
  • Married September 1957 to the former Blanche Vitero of Berkeley, California
  • Children:
    • Susan Elizabeth Brown, San Francisco
    • Robin Elaine Brown-Friedel, San Francisco
    • Michael Elliot Brown, San Francisco
    • Sydney Minetta Brown, San Francisco
  • Grandchildren:
    • Besia Rose Friedel (Granddaughter), San Francisco
    • Matea Rae Friedel (Granddaughter), San Francisco
    • Mateo Michael Brown (Grandson), Oakland
    • Lourdes Isabella Brown (Granddaughter), Oakland