Don Brown is a senior fellow with The Heartland Institute. Prior to joining Heartland he served as chairman of the Florida State House of Representatives’ Insurance Committee and chairman of the Florida House’s administration council. He is also a licensed real estate agent.
While serving in the Florida House, Brown became known for his work on such 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 also was recognized in 2004 by the Florida Pharmacy Association as its Most Outstanding Legislator. In 2005 the Florida Retail Federation named him 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and in 2006 the Florida Chamber of Commerce named him Most Valuable Legislator after the passage of his HB73, which repealed the doctrine of joint and several liability.
Brown is best known in Florida for his work on insurance issues. In 2002 and 2003 he was recognized by the Florida Association of Insurance Agents and the Florida Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors for his significant contribution to insurance reform. In 2007 Brown was one of only two legislators to vote “No” on HB1A, which significantly expanded the role of government into private insurance markets.