Mr. Brown served as the 41st Mayor of San Francisco from 1996 to 2004. During his tenure as Mayor, Mr. Brown ushered in a significant increase in real estate development, public works, city beautification, and other large-scale city projects. Prior to serving as Mayor, he was the Speaker of the California State Assembly for 16 years, the longest serving Speaker in California history. Mr. Brown was reelected to the California State Assembly 16 straight times, serving from 1964 to 1995. Mr. Brown has also served as a Regent of the University of California and a member of the Board of Trustees of the California State University system. Mr. Brown earned his bachelor's degree from San Francisco State University and a J.D. from Hastings College of Law, University of California.