Republican Waylon Brown resigns from his Senate seat in Iowa just weeks after winning the primary election
Republican Waylon Brown resigns from his Senate seat in Iowa just weeks after winning the primary election

State Senator Waylon Brown, a Republican from Osage, is resigning from his seat in the Iowa Senate effective Wednesday.

Brown announced the news in a statement on Monday, saying his resignation would take effect on July 10. He gave no reason for his resignation.

“When I took office, I said I wanted to leave things better than I found them, and I believe I have accomplished that,” Brown said in the statement, citing Republican efforts to cut taxes and reduce regulation.

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Brown, who took office in 2017, is chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee and serves as majority whip of the 34-member Republican supermajority.

He represents Iowa’s 30th Senate District, which includes Worth, Mitchell and Cerro Gordo counties and part of Floyd County.

“I will be forever grateful to the people of my district who trusted me to represent them at the Iowa State Capitol,” Brown said in the statement. “I am thankful for my wife, Julie, and our two children who have supported me throughout my term as State Senator. I look forward to my next chapter. The best is yet to come!”

Brown won a close Republican primary in June against his challenger Doug Campbell, receiving 53 percent of the vote while Campbell received 47 percent.

Brown has been criticized for years by opponents of carbon pipelines for refusing to hold hearings in the Commerce Committee on bills that would restrict the use of expropriation law for these projects.

Campbell made opposition to the use of expropriation law to build the pipelines a central theme of his primary campaign.

In June, the Iowa Utilities Board approved Summit Carbon Solutions’ proposal to build a carbon pipeline across Iowa and provide access to land to involuntary owners through expropriation.

Republicans can hold a convention to nominate a new candidate for the 30th District.

Democrat Rich Lorence is also running for the seat. In a statement on Monday, he thanked Brown for his hard work in the Senate and wished him well.

“As we move forward, I am more committed than ever to serving North Central Iowa and making our state better for everyone,” Lorence said in the statement. “This election is a defining moment for our district, and we have an opportunity to bring new ideas and address the challenges we face to improve our public education system, protect the rights of our landowners from large corporations, and ensure Iowans’ freedoms are protected from politicians in Des Moines.”

Stephen Gruber-Miller covers the Iowa Statehouse and politics for the Register. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone at 515-284-8169. Follow him on Twitter at @sgrubermiller.

This article originally appeared in the Des Moines Register: Waylon Brown resigns from his Senate seat in Iowa weeks after winning the primary election

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