Simeon Brown

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Simeon Brown

MP
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Pakuranga
Assumed office
23 September 2017
Preceded by Maurice Williamson
Majority14,886
Personal details
Born (1991-04-08) 8 April 1991 (age 28)
Political party National
Spouse(s)Rebecca
Children1
Alma mater University of Auckland
ProfessionBanker

Simeon Peter Brown [1] (born 8 April 1991) [2] is a New Zealand politician and Member of Parliament in the House of Representatives for the National Party.

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Personal life

Brown lives in Auckland with his wife Rebecca. Their daughter was born in 2019. [3] Prior to entering Parliament, Brown worked as a commercial banker as a senior associate with the Bank of New Zealand. He studied at the University of Auckland, attaining a conjoint degree in law and commerce in 2015. [4] Brown actively fought for the right of official affiliation at the University of Auckland for his group 'Prolife Auckland' while he was president. [5]

Political career

Brown first entered the political scene in 2013 when he was elected a member of the Auckland Council Manurewa Local Board, on which he also served as deputy-chair. [4] In 2014 he contested the seat of Manurewa unsuccessfully for the National Party. [6] Three years later at the 2017 general election Brown stood in the electorate of Pakuranga. The Pakuranga electorate has been a safe seat for National since 1987 and since then it had been held by Maurice Williamson. Brown was selected as the National Party's candidate to replace Williamson after he decided not to seek re-election. [7]

As a member of the Manurewa Local Board, Brown entered a submission to parliament in which he opposed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Act 2013 which allows same-sex couples to legally marry. [8] The online news site Newsroom described him as a "conservative" during the campaign. [9]

Member of Parliament

New Zealand Parliament
YearsTermElectorateListParty
2017 present 52nd Pakuranga 60 National

Brown was elected to Parliament in the Pakuranga electorate in the 2017 general election with a majority of 14,886 votes. [10]

In February 2018, a private member's bill introduced by Brown was drawn from the ballot. The Bill would ensure that anyone who supplies illegal synthetic drugs receives a penalty consistent with the penalty prescribed for supplying a Class C Drug. [11] The Bill was strongly supported by family members of synthetics victim Calum Jones. [12]

Brown voted against the Abortion Legislation Act 2020, which effectively seeks to remove abortion from the Crimes Act 1961. [13] Stuff political reporter Henry Cooke described the MP as "one of the most socially conservative MPs in [the National Party]". [14]

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References

  1. "Daily progress for Tuesday, 7 November 2017". New Zealand Parliament. Archived from the original on 6 December 2017. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  2. @simeonbrownmp (8 April 2019). "I did. I turned 28 today. Happy birthday to me" (Tweet) via Twitter.
  3. "MPs open up, fight back tears during Abortion Legislation Bill in Parliament". 8 August 2019.
  4. 1 2 Taylor, PJ (24 March 2017). "Youthful banker gets nod in Pakuranga". Eastern Courier. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  5. "Pro-Life Club Affiliates at University of Auckland | Scoop News". www.scoop.co.nz. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  6. "Official Count Results – Manurewa (2014)". Electoral Commission . Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  7. Jones, Nicholas (26 July 2016). "National and Pakuranga MP Maurice Williamson to leave Parliament". The New Zealand Herald . Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  8. "Submission by Simeon Brown on the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Bill to the Government Administration Select Committee".
  9. "The Sure Things: Simeon Brown". Newsroom. 14 June 2017. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  10. Commission, New Zealand Electoral. "E9 Statistics - Electorate Status". www.electionresults.govt.nz.
  11. "Bills (proposed laws)".
  12. Leask, Anna (6 February 2018). "Synthetics: Family of victim team up with MP on law-change push". New Zealand Herald.
  13. Walls, Jason (8 August 2019). "How Members of Parliament voted in the first reading of the Abortion Legislation Bill". nzherald.co.nz. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  14. "Christopher Luxon faces a real challenge in National Party selection". Stuff. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Maurice Williamson
Member of Parliament for Pakuranga
2017–present
Incumbent