Linda Harper-Brown

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Linda L. Harper-Brown​

Texas State Representative
for District 105 (Dallas County)​
In office
January 2003​ – January 2015 ​
Preceded by Dale Tillery​
Succeeded by Rodney Anderson

Born March 20, 1948​
Dallas, Texas, USA​
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) William Edgar Brown​
Children Three sons​

Craig, Timothy, and Terry Brown

Residence Irving, Dallas County, Texas
Religion Christian[1]

Linda L. Harper-Brown (born March 20, 1948),[1] is a Republican former six-term state representative for District 105, based in Irving in Dallas County.

First elected in 2002, Harper-Brown was unseated in the Republican primary election held on March 4, 2014 by her intra-party rival, former Representative Rodney Anderson), of Grand Prairie, also in Dallas County, who polled 3,456 votes (52.7 percent) to her 3,098 (47.3 percent) in a low-turnout contest.[2]

Background

​ A Dallas native, Harper-Brown served on the Irving City Council, a nonpartisan position, from 1997 until she assumed her House seat in January 2003. During part of her municipal service, she was the mayor pro tempore of Irving.[1]

Harper-Brown is married to William Edgar Brown (born c. 1942), a Certified Public Accountant, a former vice president of the Duncanville Independent School District, and the president of the Greater Irving Republican Club. The couple has three sons, Craig, Timothy, and Terry.[1]

Political life

In 2002, Brown narrowly won the Republican nomination for House District 105 over Rose Ann Cannaday (born c. 1944) of Irving, 1,807 (51.1 percent) to 1,728 (48.9 percent).[3] She then won the general election without a Democratic opponent, having polled 75.8 percent of the vote over three minor candidates. She succeeded the Democrat Dale Tillery, who did not seek reelection that year.[4] To win her second House term in 2004, Harper-Brown defeated a Democrat, Mike Moore, 21,599 votes (59.2 percent) to 14,884 (40.8 percent).[5]

In the 2008 general election, Harper-Brown retained her seat by a margin of nineteen votes over the Democratic challenger, Robert C. "Bob" Romano (born c. 1975) of Irving. Harper-Brown received 19,857 votes (48.72 percent) to Romano's 19,838 (48.67 percent). The Libertarian nominee, James Glynn Baird (born c. 1963), also of Irving, held the critical remaining 1,061 votes (2.6 percent).[6]> Two years earlier in the 2006 general election, she had defeated Romano by a comfortable margin, 11,881 votes (55.1 percent) to 8,865 (41.1 percent).[7]​ ​ Though she had been unopposed for re-nomination in 2012, Harper-Brown had a tough reelection battle that fall against the Democrat, Rosemary R. Robbins (born c. 1948), an educator from Irving. Harper-Brown polled 21,705 votes (50.06 percent) to Robbins' 20,923 (48.3 percent). The Green Party candidate, Saul Arechar, held the remaining 724 votes (1.7 percent).[8] In 2013 in her last regular legislative session, Harper-Brown chaired the Government Efficiency and Reform Committee. She also served on the House Transportation Committee.[1] In 2012, the Texas Ethics Commission fined her $2,000 for failure to disclose on financial forms her use of a 2010 Mercedes-Benz E550 sedan and a 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe owned by state transportation contractor Jeffrey C. Bryan of Durable Enterprises Equipment, Ltd.[9] Andrew Wheat of the interest group Texans for Public Justice called the fine "a Chevrolet penalty for a Mercedes crime."[10]

Legislative positions

​ A pro-life legislator, Harper-Brown supported in 2013 the ban on abortion after twenty weeks of gestation; the measure passed the House, 96-49. She co-sponsored companion legislation to increase medical and licensing requirements of abortion providers.[11] These issues brought forth an unsuccessful filibuster in the state Senate by Wendy Russell Davis of Fort Worth, who in 2014 lost the gubernatorial general election to Republican Greg Abbott.[12] The Texas Right to Life Committee rated Harper-Brown 83 percent favorable in 2013, 75 percent in 2011.[13]​ ​ Harper-Brown opposed the bill to establish a taxpayer-funded breakfast program for public schools; the measure passed the House, 73-58. She supported legislation to provide marshals for school security as a separate law-enforcement entity. She co-sponsored the successful bill to extend the franchise tax exemption to certain businesses. Harper-Brown supported the bill to prohibit texting while driving, which passed the House, 97-45. She voted to require testing for narcotics of those receiving unemployment compensation. She voted against the "equal pay for women" measure, which nevertheless passed the House, 78-61.[11]​ ​ Harper-Brown co-sponsored the measure to forbid the state from engaging in the enforcement of federal regulations of firearms. She co-sponsored legislation to allow college and university officials to carry concealed weapons in the name of campus security. She co-sponsored legislation to reduce the time required to obtain a concealed-carry permit. She backed the redistricting bills for the state House, the state Senate, and the United States House of Representatives. Harper-Brown voted against term limits for state officials. In 2011, she voted for picture identification of voters casting a ballot,[11] a measure which finally took effect in October 2013 and was used widely for the first time in the March 4 primaries.[14] Harper-Brown also requested House Bill 362 (which had passed) to be nullified, which would allow homeowners to install solar panels or devices without the approval of Homeowner's associations (HOA's) with certain exemptions. She also proposed a fine on electric vehicles based on the 'number of miles traveled' because 'the state gets less tax dollars from them'.[15]​ ​

Interest group ratings

In 2013, Phyllis Schlafly's Eagle Forum, then managed in Texas by Cathie Adams, a former state chairman of the Texas Republican Party, rated Harper-Brown 82 percent favorable, 43 percent in 2011, and 92 percent in 2009. The Young Conservatives of Texas gave her a lifetime score of 80 percent. The Texas League of Conservation Voters rated her 64 percent; the Sierra Club, 25 percent in 2011. The interest group, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, founded by Michael Quinn Sullivan, rated her 65 percent favorable in 2013, 88 percent in 2011. The Texas Association of Business rated her 90 percent favorable throughout her House tenure. The National Rifle Association rated her 92 percent. In 2009, the Libertarian Party scored her 68 percent favorable on issues of economic freedom and personal liberties.[13]

Choosing her successor

Rodney Anderson unseated Harper-Brown in the Republican primary held on March 4, 2014. In the Democratic primary, Susan Denara Motley (born c. 1970) led a three-candidate field with 1,171 votes (47.3 percent) and faced in the second round of balloting the runner up, Theresa "Terry" Meza (born c. 1949), who polled 704 votes (28.4 percent). Bernice Montgomery, the third Democratic candidate, held a critical 601 votes (24.3 percent).[16] Motley won the Democratic nomination, and Anderson her in the general election. He previously was the representative for neighboring District 106 from 2011 to 2013; he did not seek a second term in 2012 because the redistricting based on the 2010 census was unfavorable to his political prospects.[17][18]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Linda Harper-Brown's Biography. votesmart.org. Retrieved on March 9, 2014.
  2. Texas Secretary of State, Republican primary election returns (House District 105), March 4, 2014.
  3. Texas Secretary of State, Republican primary election returns (House District 105), March 12, 2002.
  4. Texas Secretary of State, General election returns (House District 105), November 6, 2002.
  5. Texas Secretary of State, General election returns (House District 105), November 3, 2004.
  6. Texas Secretary of State, General election returns (House District 105), November 4, 2008.
  7. Texas Secretary of State, General election returns (House District 105), November 7, 2006.
  8. Texas Secretary of State, General election returns (House District 105), November 6, 2012.
  9. Durable Enterprises, through its subsidiary Durable Specialties, installs nearly all traffic signals on state highways.
  10. "Irving state representative Linda Harper-Brown fined $2,000 over use of cars owned by state contractor," The Dallas Morning News, April 20, 2012.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Linda Harper-Brown's Voting Records. votesmart.org. Retrieved on July 11, 2020.
  12. Manny Fernandez (June 25, 2013). Filibuster in Texas Senate Tries to Halt Abortion Bill. Retrieved on July 11, 2020.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Linda Harper-Brown's Ratings and Endorsements. votesmart.org. Retrieved on July 11, 2020.
  14. Texas Voter ID Officially Takes Effect, October 21, 2013. The Huffington Post. Retrieved on July 11, 2020.
  15. "Environmental bills make rounds at legislature," The Austin American-Statesman, date missing.
  16. Texas Secretary of State, Democratic primary election returns (House District 105), March 4, 2014.
  17. Avi Selk, "Anderson unseats Rep. Harper-Brown in District 105 as Democrats head into runoff," The Dallas Morning News, accessed March 10, 2014.
  18. Rodney Anderson. Texas Legislative Reference Library. Retrieved on July 11, 2020.

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