State Rep. Fred Brown Announces Resignation from the Texas House

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*10 P.M. Update*

A state lawmaker from Bryan announced at the special legislative session in Austin that he is resigning.

Fred Brown is leaving his seat in District 14 to pursue a new job managing a car dealership in Temple with his former business partner Garland Shelton.

Brown got his start in politics 26 years ago right here in College Station as a city council member.

State Representative Fred Brown is stepping down from his District 14 seat after serving in the Texas Legislature for twelve and a half years.

"I just thought it was the right thing to do for whoever my successor is you know this capitol is built on seniority," said Fred Brown, (R) Bryan.

Brown says his time as public servant kept him away from his family as well as took a financial toll. He'd been considering the resignation for a while.

"My former partner offered me a position in Temple and just thought the timing was right for my wife and I. It's always a very difficult decision to leave here after being you know for so many years," he said.

During this past regular session Brown passed Nathan's Law, which makes it a misdemeanor for a daycare facility to give medication to a child without parent permission. Nathan King of Bryan died in 2008 from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

He also introduced legislation in an attempt to prevent Wellborn from being annexed by College Station.

"The legislation simply says that if an area is to be annexed that the people get to vote on whether they want to be annexed or not. Plain and simple," said Representative Brown, during a January 2011 interview.

During his time in Austin, Brown was given awards including Champion of the Taxpayer and Legislator of the Year, but there were criticisms too including making Texas Monthly's Best and Worst Legislator list in 2009 which put him in the furniture category; as in as useless as furniture.

"At the end of the day people don't care what bills are passed or what bills we didn't pass. They care about the fact that you care about them when they needed help... We're going to greatly miss our friends in Bryan-College Station, that's been our home, "Brown said.

Representative Brown told us Wednesday he has no political aspirations whatsoever for the future and is looking forward to moving to Salado with his wife.

We're told a special election to fill Brown's seat will happen in November.

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State Rep. Fred Brown, R-Bryan, announced he will be resigning from the Texas House of Representatives.

His office confirmed the news with News 3 on Wednesday afternoon, shortly after the House adjourned sine die for the special session. Brown said in a statement he is moving to Salado to manage a car dealership in Temple.

Brown has served for the representative in District 14 since 1998. He was re-elected this year, with a term expiring in 2013.

Before serving in the House of Representatives he was the Mayor Pro Tempore for the City of College Station from 1989-1994.

Statement from Fred Brown: