Former Florida Insurance Committee Chair to Join Heartland Institute

Published November 9, 2010

Tallahassee, Florida – Donald D. Brown has joined The Heartland Institute as a senior fellow.

Brown, a DeFuniak Springs insurance agent, served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2000 to 2008, rising to become chair of the Insurance Committee and the State Administration Council. In 2007 he was one of two members of the legislature to oppose Gov. Charlie Crist’s plan to increase insurance regulation and put state agencies in direct competition with private companies. Following his outspoken opposition, Brown was stripped of his chairmanships. He was term-limited out of office in 2008.

Brown will work to educate legislators, the public, and others in Florida, Texas, and elsewhere about the advantages of free-market, consumer-oriented insurance regulatory reforms.

“Don Brown was a voice in the wilderness against terrible policies. Nearly every prediction he made in 2007 has come true,” said Eli Lehrer, national director of The Heartland Institute’s Center on Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate. “He’s an immensely valuable addition to our team.”

Brown said he hopes to make a difference. “Joining the team at The Heartland Institute is a wonderful opportunity for me to continue the work I love so much, advancing free-market, consumer-oriented solutions to difficult public policy questions.”

Lehrer can be reached at 202-615-0586 or [email protected] and Brown can be reached at [email protected].