Kathleen Lynn Brown (born September 25, 1945) is an American Democratic politician from California.

Kathleen Brown
29th Treasurer of California
In office
January 7, 1991 – January 2, 1995
GovernorPete Wilson
Preceded byThomas Hayes
Succeeded byMatt Fong
Personal details
Kathleen Lynn Brown

(1945-09-25) September 25, 1945 (age 74)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)George Rice (divorced)
Van Gordon Sauter
ParentsPat Brown
Bernice Layne Brown
RelativesJerry Brown (brother)
EducationStanford University (BA)
Fordham University (JD)


She is the youngest of four children of former California Governor Pat Brown (1959–1967) and is the youngest sister of twice-California Governor Jerry Brown (1975–1983, 2011–2019).

Brown is an attorney-politician, and was elected to the Los Angeles City Board of Education in 1975, then re-elected in 1979.[1] She was a member of the Los Angeles Board of Public Works 1987-89. She was elected California State Treasurer in 1990.

Brown campaigned for governor of California (the third Brown family member after her father and brother), but was defeated by incumbent Republican Governor Pete Wilson (he also defeated Jerry Brown for one of California's U.S. Senate seats in 1982) in the 1994 gubernatorial election.

Brown is a partner in law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips.[2]

Prior to joining Manatt, she was head of public finance for the Midwest region for Goldman Sachs, after taking positions as president of private banking for Bank of America 1995-2000, and as head of public sector and infrastructure investment for Goldman Sachs from 2001 to 2010.[3] Staying in California for public sector banking would have likely posed a potential conflict of interest.[4]

Brown is a graduate of Stanford University and Fordham University School of Law.[1] She had three children with her first husband, George Rice, then divorced him. Then, she married Van Gordon Sauter, at one time President of CBS News, and they have five grown children.[1] Her dog, named Sutter, was given to Jerry Brown, and became California's First Dog in 2011.[5]

Sempra EnergyEdit

Brown is a member of the Board of Directors for Sempra Energy, owners of Southern California Gas Company responsible for the Aliso Canyon gas leak.[6] Citing legal precedents, Brown declined responsibility for the tragedy.


  1. ^ a b c "Biography of Kathleen Brown". California Voter Foundation. 1994.
  2. ^ "Comings & Goings: Kathleen Brown Returns to Law". The Wall Street Journal.
  3. ^ "Kathleen Brown leaves California for Goldman's Chicago office". Crain's Chicago Business.
  4. ^ "PolitiCal". Los Angeles Times. December 15, 2010.
  5. ^ "L.A. Unleashed". Los Angeles Times. February 16, 2011.
  6. ^ "Board of Directors - Sempra". www.sempra.com. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas Hayes
Treasurer of California
January 7, 1991 – January 2, 1995
Succeeded by
Matt Fong
Party political offices
Preceded by
Jesse Unruh
Democratic nominee for Treasurer of California
Succeeded by
Phil Angelides
Preceded by
Dianne Feinstein
Democratic nominee for Governor of California
Succeeded by
Gray Davis