|Member of the New Zealand Parliament |
23 September 2017
|Preceded by||Maurice Williamson|
|Born||8 April 1991|
|Alma mater||University of Auckland|
Simeon Peter Brown(born 8 April 1991) is a New Zealand politician and Member of Parliament in the House of Representatives for the National Party.
Brown lives in Auckland with his wife Rebecca. Their daughter was born in 2019.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. Brown actively fought for the right of official affiliation at the University of Auckland for his group 'Prolife Auckland' while he was president.
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.In 2014 he contested the seat of Manurewa unsuccessfully for the National Party. 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.
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.The online news site Newsroom described him as a "conservative" during the campaign.
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Brown was elected to Parliament in the Pakuranga electorate in the 2017 general election with a majority of 14,886 votes.
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.The Bill was strongly supported by family members of synthetics victim Calum Jones.
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| Member of Parliament for Pakuranga |