Betty Brown

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Betty Brown
Texas State Representative from District 4
Assumed office
January 6, 1999
Succeeded by Lance Gooden
Personal details
Political party Republican
Alma mater Southern Methodist University
Occupation Rancher

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[edit]

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."[1] Though at first defending her statement,[2] accusing Democrats of making the issue "about race," she eventually apologized for the incident,[3] acknowledging the "diversity of Texas" and the "enrichment" that Asian-Americans bring to the state.

2010 election[edit]

She ran for reelection, but in the March primaries she lost her seat to Lance Gooden, her former legislative aide.

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