State Senator Waylon Brown announces surprise resignation • Iowa Capital Dispatch

State Senator Waylon Brown announces surprise resignation • Iowa Capital Dispatch

North-central Iowa State Senator Waylon Brown resigned from office Monday, weeks after winning a close primary.

Brown, a Republican from Osage, said in a statement released Monday morning that his decision would take effect Wednesday, but did not give a reason for his decision.

“I will be forever grateful to the people of my district who entrusted me to represent them at the Iowa State Capitol. I am thankful for my wife, Julie, and our two children who have supported me throughout my term as State Senator,” Brown said in the statement.

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In his resignation statement, Brown highlighted his work in the areas of energy policy, licensing reform and the budget.

Brown, a Republican, has served in the Iowa Senate since defeating incumbent Democrat Mary Jo Wilhelm in 2016. He currently represents Mitchell, Worth and Cerro Gordo counties, as well as parts of Floyd County.

Brown narrowly won the June primary – 53% to 47% – against challenger Doug Campbell. Campbell criticized Brown for refusing to hold hearings on restricting the use of expropriation rights for carbon capture pipelines.

Jeff Kaufmann, chairman of the Iowa Republican Party, will hold a nominating convention within the next 30 days to nominate a new Republican candidate for Brown’s seat, according to the Cerro Gordo County Republican Party. Members of the convention will be representatives of the counties that live in Senate District 30.

Brown’s potential Democratic challenger, Rich Lorence of Mason City, also released a statement on Brown’s decision.

“On behalf of North Central Iowa, I want to thank Senator Brown for his hard work and leadership in the Iowa Senate and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors,” Lorence said in the statement.