|Texas State Representative from District 4|
January 6, 1999
|Succeeded by||Lance Gooden|
|Alma mater||Southern Methodist University|
Betty Brown is a former state district representative for Texas House of Representatives District 4. She was first elected to the position in 1998.
Asian-American name changing controversy
She ignited a firestorm in 2009 when, while the Texas House Elections Committee was hearing testimony on the voting difficulties encountered by Asian Americans who use two different names, she suggested that Asian-Americans adopt names that are "easier for Americans to deal with." Though at first defending her statement, accusing Democrats of making the issue "about race," she eventually apologized for the incident, acknowledging the "diversity of Texas" and the "enrichment" that Asian-Americans bring to the state.
She ran for reelection, but in the March primaries she lost her seat to Lance Gooden, her former legislative aide.
- Official Biography [dead link as of 2012]
- Official page of the Texas House of Representatives' 4th District
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