Friends of Sherrod Brown
March 7, 2019


Senator Will Not Run for President in 2020, Will Do Everything He Can to Elect Democratic President and Democratic Senate

Washington, DC --
 U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced today that he has decided the best way for him to continue his fight for workers is by serving Ohio in the U.S. Senate. Brown said he will continue working to make the Dignity of Work a central focus for Democrats in 2020 and do everything he can to elect a Democratic President and Democratic Senate. 

“Connie and I have spent the last few months traveling around the country to make dignity of work a centerpiece of Democrats’ 2020 campaign, and we are so grateful to everyone who has welcomed us into their communities and into their lives. We’ve seen candidates begin taking up the dignity of work fight, and we have seen voters across the country demanding it – because dignity of work is a value that unites all of us. It is how we beat Trump, and it is how we should govern. That’s why I’m confident it will continue to be a focus for Democrats in 2020, and I plan on making sure that happens,” said Brown.

“I will keep calling out Donald Trump and his phony populism. I will keep fighting for all workers across the country. And I will do everything I can to elect a Democratic President and a Democratic Senate in 2020. The best place for me to make that fight is in the United States Senate.”


Background: In 2018 Sen. Sherrod Brown focused on his re-election campaign, a competitive race in which he ultimately defeated U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci (R) by 53.2% to 46.8% (+).  From 2013-18 Brown's campaign raised $28.6 million and spent $27.3 million, finishing with cash on hand of $1.8 million.  The election over, his thoughts turned to bigger things; in a Nov. 21 post on his campaign website, Brown wrote, "Our victory showed what happens when you fight for the people who make this country work — and that is a blueprint for how Democrats can win in 2020. Over the coming weeks and months, Connie and I will be discussing with family and friends whether I should run for President."

Brown's announcement on March 7 that he would not run came as a surprise to many.  He was seen as a potentially strong candidate, able to appeal to blue collar voters, and had spent more than a month on his 'Dignity of Work' tour, visiting the four early states.  His travels were organized through his America Works Federal PAC.


America Works Federal PAC

Jan. 2019 Press Release


Brown Will Launch Tour In Ohio On January 30, Followed By First Stop in Iowa

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sherrod Brown announced today that he will launch a “Dignity of Work” Tour later this month with stops in Ohio, Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. In 2018, Brown won decisive re-election as U.S. Senator representing the state of Ohio – a key battleground state, which Donald Trump carried by nearly 10 points. Brown campaigned on his record fighting for the dignity of work, the idea that hard work should pay off for everyone no matter who they are or what kind of work they do.

The Dignity of Work Tour stops will be Brown’s first visits to key states, outside of his home state of Ohio this election cycle.

“Dignity of work means hard work should pay off for everyone, no matter who you are or what kind of work you do. When work has dignity, everyone can afford health care, education and housing. They have power over their schedules and the economic security to start a family, pay for daycare and college, take time off to care for themselves or their families when they are sick, and save for retirement,” Brown said. “The dignity of work is a value that unites us all. It’s what I fight for every day representing the people of Ohio and it’s what we will fight for together on this tour around the country.”

Brown will kick off the Dignity of Work Tour in his home city of Cleveland, Ohio, on January 30, and head to Iowa on January 31. Additional dates and details will be announced as the tour progresses.


Jan. 30
Kick-Off Event
Supply Side USA Brunswick, OH

Jan. 31
Meet and Greet with The Tri-County Dems
Chamber of Commerce
Cresco, IA
Feb. 1
Meet and Greet with Sherrod Brown and Black Hawk County Supervisor Chris Schwartz
214 Highland Blvd
Waterloo, IA
Feb. 2
Meet and Greet
The Inspire Cafe
Dubuque, IA
Feb. 2
Meet and Greet with Labor Leaders of Clinton County
Pangea International
Clinton, IA

Feb. 8
Roundtable with the Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy on Paid Family Leave
Lecture Hall, Winnacunnet Hight School
Hampton, NH
Feb. 9
Workers Roundtable with Senator Sherrod Brown in Berlin
White Mountain Community College
Berlin, NH
Feb. 9
Roundtable with Caregiving Professionals and Sherrod Brown
Lakes Region Child Care
Laconia, NH
Feb. 9
Meet and Greet
Gibson's Bookstore
Concord, NH

Feb. 23
Meet & Greet with Culinary Workers Union Local 226
1630 S. Commerce St.
Las Vegas, NV
Feb. 23
Local Brews + National Views
Lovelady Brewing
Henderson, NV

Mar. 1
Meet and Greet at the Home of Don and Carol Fowler

Columbia, SC
Mar. 1
Meet and Greet with Mayor Wukela and the Florence Dems
Hyatt Hotel Florence
Florence, SC