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Don Brown has served on the Walton County Board of County Commissioners, President of the Walton County Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Walton County Airport Authority. He also served as a State Representative in the Florida House of Representatives from 2000-2008. He is currently a Senior Fellow at The Heartland Institute. Don has been an Independent insurance agent for over 35 years and together with his wife they currently own an insurance agency in DeFuniak Springs, FL.
Don has debated foes nationally on Fox News and he has been a guest on numerous television and radio shows. He was a guest columnist or quoted in newspapers, such as the Orlando Sentinel, Miami Herald, St. Petersburg Times, Jacksonville Times Union, Tampa Tribune, and the Northwest Florida Daily News.
While serving in the Florida House of Representatives Don became known for his tireless work on such important issues as Medical Malpractice Reform, Elections Reform, Workers’ Compensation Reform and Tort Reform. In 2004 he was recognized by the Emerald Coast Association of Realtors for his work on real estate issues. He was also recognized in 2004 by the Florida Pharmacy Association as their Most Outstanding Legislator. In 2005 the Florida Retail Federation named him the “House Legislator of the Year” and in 2006 the Florida Chamber of Commerce named him “Most Valuable Legislator” after the passage of his HB73 which repealed the doctrine of Joint and Several Liability.
Don is best known for his work on insurance issues. In the back-to-back years of 2002 and 2003 he was recognized by both the Florida Association of Insurance Agents and the Florida Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors for his significant contribution to insurance reform. Most notably, in 2007 Don was one of only two legislators to vote “No” on HB1A which significantly expand the role of government into private home-owners insurance markets. Since 2007, many of his objections to HB1A have proven to be correct.
Don was known for being well prepared and for standing his ground during his tenure in the Florida House of Representatives. He was most vocal when advocating for smaller government, less taxes, the Free Enterprise System and Market Based Solutions. He was widely regarded as one of the top orators in the House.