Dave Brown (Minnesota)

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Dave Brown
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Minnesota State Senate District 15
In office
2011 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 3
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$96/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sOklahoma Wesleyan University
BirthdayJune 26, 1961
Place of birthIowa
ProfessionInsurance Agent
Office website
Campaign website
Dave Brown (b. June 26, 1961) is a Republican member of the Minnesota State Senate, representing District 15 since 2013. He previously represented District 16 from 2011 to 2013.

Brown is an independent insurance agent. He was also recently laid off from his job with Word Entertainment, a major Christian music company in Nashville, Tennessee. While going to school at Wesleyan University, Dave paid his way with his own lawn care and handyman business.

Brown received his B.A. from Oklahoma Wesleyan University.


Campaign themes

Brown 's website highlights the following campaign themes:[1]


  • Excerpt:"I support parental control in our children's education, which includes the options of homeschooling, charter and private schools. Fairness in education funding needs to be a priority in Minnesota."


  • Excerpt:"Minnesota's economy and the creation of new jobs can be significantly improved with the permitting of the copper and nickel mines in northern Minnesota."

Taxes & Spending

  • Excerpt:"I will propose a flat income tax rate for all Minnesota wage earners that allows us to keep over $1 billion more of our hard earned money. I support no tax increases and will work to reduce the size of our ever-increasing state government."

Protecting the Unborn

  • Excerpt:"I support the right to life for our unborn children. From conception to birth, babies are living human beings and should be protected as such. Abortion should not be legal and there should be no public funding to end the life of a baby."

Right to Bear Arms

  • Excerpt:"The 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects the rights of Americans to keep and bear arms. I strongly support our right to keep and bear arms and believe this right must not be violated."

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Brown served on the following committees:

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Environment and Energy


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Brown served on these committees:


Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Dave Brown (Minnesota) endorsed Rick Santorum in the 2012 presidential election. [2]



See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012

Brown won election in District 15 in 2012 due to redistricting. He was unopposed in the August 14 primary and defeated Sally Knox in the November 6 general election.[3][4]

Minnesota State Senate, District 15, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDave Brown Incumbent 56.6% 21,917
     Democratic Sally Knox 43.4% 16,787
Total Votes 38,704


See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2010

Brown's defeated Patrick Munro in the August 10 primary. He defeated Lisa Fobbe (DFL) in the general election.[5]

Minnesota State Senate, District 16 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Dave Brown (R) 20480 57.38%
Lisa Fobbe (D) 15164 42.49%
Write-In 47 0.13%

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Brown raised $35,253 in contributions. [6]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Public Fund $11,104
16B House District RPM $2,900
6th Congressional District RPM $2,000
Brown, Dave $1,125

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Brown and his wife Deb have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Pederson (R)
Minnesota State Senate District 15
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Lisa Fobbe (DFL)
Minnesota State Senate District 16
Succeeded by
Gary Dahms (R)