Don Brown is a senior fellow with R Street’s Florida project. An insurance agent from DeFuniak Springs, Fla., he is a former state representative in the Florida House of Representatives and has also served on the Walton County Commission, as Republican state committeeman and chairman of the Walton County Republican Executive Committee.
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. Most notably, in 2007 Don was one of only two legislators to vote “No” on HB1A which significantly expanded the role of government into private markets.
In addition to his work on property insurance issues, Don was well-known also known for his efforts on 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and in 2006 the Florida Chamber of Commerce named him “Most Valuable Legislator” after the passage of his HB73, which repealed the doctrine of joint and several liability.