Edwards calls for Sen. Troy Brown to resign after domestic violence charges
BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards called for State Senator Troy Brown to resign after two arrests for domestic violence in the past 8 months.
In a statement released Tuesday, Edwards said the state should speak with one voice against domestic violence in Louisiana.
“I do not believe that Senator Troy Brown can continue to effectively serve his constituents,” Edwards said. “I would welcome Sen. Brown’s resignation from the Senate so that he can focus on any issues he may need to resolve for his sake and family.
Brown was arrested last month and charged with domestic abuse battery by the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office. It was his second arrest in two years.
In 2015, Brown was previously charged with domestic abuse after New Orleans Police said he got into a fight with multiple people at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
Brown is a Democrat who represents the River Parishes in District 12, including parts of Ascension, Assumption, Iberville, Lafourche, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, St. James and West Baton Rouge parishes.
Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy released a statement Wednesday agreeing with Edwards:
"Sen. Brown has been arrested twice now on domestic violence charges. He needs to resign his seat and focus on his personal problems," said Treasurer Kennedy. "Domestic violence is a serious issue, and it's disrespectful to victims of this horrible crime for Sen. Brown to continue to hold such an important office. I'm in full agreement with Gov. Edwards that Sen. Brown needs to submit his resignation."