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Gov. Jerry Brown, who has rarely left the state since taking office last year, will travel to Washington this weekend to meet with President Barack Obama and governors at the National Governors Association's winter meeting.

The Democratic governor is scheduled to meet with Obama, senior administration officials, California's congressional delegation and the Chinese ambassador, among other meetings.

When he skipped last year's meeting of the nation's governors, Brown spokesman Gil Duran cited "pressing business" in California. Brown also avoided such meetings early in his first two terms as governor, from 1975 to 1983, citing similar reasons.

Within two years, however, he changed course and attended several of the gatherings, raising his political profile while lobbying for various California interests.



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