Inteviewer: James Bennet, Editor in Chief, The Atlantic
The Honorable Jerry Brown, Governor, State of California
James Bennet is the president and editor in chief of The Atlantic.
Governor Jerry Brown
Edmund Gerald "Jerry" Brown, Jr. currently serves as the 39th Governor of California since 2011; he previously served as California's 34th Governor from 1975 to 1983. Both before and after his original two terms as Governor, Brown served in numerous state, local, and party positions. He was a member of the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees (1969–1971), Secretary of State of California (1971–1975), chairman of the California Democratic Party (1989–1991), Mayor of Oakland (1999–2007) and Attorney General of California (2007–2011).