State Sen. Dan Brown (R-Rolla) announced Sept. 28 at his annual Dan Brown family picnic that he will seek a second term as senator of the 16th District of Missouri.
Brown said that after prayerful consideration, he and his family decided that there is still a lot more that Brown would like to accomplish in the Missouri Legislature.
Brown will be up for re-election in 2014, with candidate filing beginning in February.
“It has been an honor to represent the citizens of the 16th District for the past three years. My family and I appreciate the support and love that the residents of the district have shown to us,” Brown said. “It would be an honor to return to this position if the voters agree with the job I have been doing.
“We have passed several pieces of good legislation in my tenure as state senator, but I still have a lot to get done,” said Brown.
He cited an example of legislation he has helped pass as senator, SB 75 this past legislative session which transferred administering concealed carry permits from the Department of Revenue and to local sheriff’s offices.
“The Department of Revenue proved that they couldn’t be trusted to keep our private information out of the hands of the federal government, so I thought that we needed to take a different route in order to protect our citizens’ private information.”
Brown also cited numerous pieces of legislation passed to benefit veterans.
“We kept hearing horror stories of soldiers being stripped of custody of their children while going through a divorce while they are serving our country overseas,” he said.
SB 110, which prevents custody action being taken against a soldier that is actively deployed unless there is an emergency situation, was passed into law this session. It was vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon, but the legislators overrode the veto.
“We want to do everything that we can do to make Missouri as military friendly as possible,” Brown said.