America is Going to Miss Jerry Brown
Jerry Brown has been in politics for almost 50 years, since he first served as the Governor of California in 1975. Very few politicians have been so influential for so long. He ran for President three times, 1976, 1980, and 1990, and while he never won, he always helped define the nation's political conversation. And he still has lots to say even as he prepares to step down at the end of the year.
While some politicians just got old and stale, Jerry Brown aged well because he kept learning throughout his life, adapting to the changes in America, often ahead of the curve, and always looking for ways that government could make a positive difference in people's lives. NPR has a wonderful parting interview with Governor Brown here.
NPR: "In his final years as governor, and particularly after Donald Trump's election as president, Brown sought to position himself as a worldwide leader on climate change. He has traveled to the Vatican, met with Chinese President Xi Jinping, and taken on a formal role with the United Nations. The man once mocked as "Governor Moonbeam" during his first stint leading California even hosted his own Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco this fall that culminated in an announcement that the state will launch its own satellite to help track and reduce climate pollutants."
Even as he departs the political stage, Jerry Brown isn't looking back, reminiscing about his career. He's examining the nation's future and the challenges ahead.