Young Midlands Legislator Won't Seek Re-Election
Rep. Boyd Brown of Fairfield County will not run in 2012
One of the youngest members of the South Carolina General Assembly will not seek re-election this fall.
Rep. Boyd Brown (D-Fairfield) announced Wednesday that he would leave the House after four years of service.
“At the age of 22, the people of District 41 gave me a chance to represent them in the Statehouse," Brown said. "Many thanks to those who supported me for the past four years while I tried to change the political culture not only in the South Carolina House, but in our community and across the state.”
Brown, now 26, is seeking a law degree and decided that he needed to commit to law school full-time.
"Ferris Bueller famously said in the 80’s cult classic, ‘Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it,' " Brown said. "That’s what I’m going to do."
In 2006, State Rep. Derrick Seaver, a Republican in Ohio, retired after three terms at the age of 24. Why? In order to go to college after being first elected when he was 18.
Brown was one of Gov. Nikki Haley's most-vocal opponents.
"Not to be the bearer of bad news around the Statehouse," Brown said, "but there is more to life than what goes on under that dome."