News Release
From the Office of State Senator Troy Fraser

For Immediate Release
June 3, 2002
Contact: William A. Scott - (512) 463-0124

Fraser Taps Temple Teacher, Retired Army Officer for Bell County Staff

AUSTIN -- State Senator Troy Fraser announced today the hiring of J. Brown, a veteran Temple school teacher and retired U.S. Army officer, to run his Bell County district office in Belton, effective June 4.

Brown succeeds Ralph C. Gauer, who retired from Fraser's staff in April to accept an appointment by Governor Rick Perry to the Texas Strategic Military Planning Commission.

"J. brings all the qualities and requisite skills needed for this job, which is to help me better serve the people of Bell, Lampasas and Coryell counties," Fraser said. "To have an experienced teacher, as well as someone with a 20-year military career, is a great asset. We're excited to find someone with J.'s credentials and knowledge of Bell County, and he's a great addition to the staff."

Brown is a 13-year veteran of the Temple Independent School District, and for the past 11 years has taught grades 9-12 at the alternative learning center. He also spent four years as an assistant professor of military science at Oklahoma State University.

"While I will miss teaching, this is another great career opportunity that allows me to continue helping people," Brown said. "I'm looking forward to the job, and to assisting Senator Fraser in serving this part of Central Texas.

Prior to his teaching career, Brown served in the U.S. Army, enlisting as a private and retiring at the rank of major. His military career included 4 years at Fort Hood.

Born in Houston, Brown later moved to Dallas, where he attended high school. He subsequently earned his Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education from North Texas State University; his Master's Degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California; and his Doctorate in Education from Texas A&M University.

Brown and his wife, Nancy, also a teacher at Temple ISD, are the parents of two grown daughters. He is a member of the Temple Bible Church, the Temple Lions Club, the Greater Temple Area A&M Club, The Retired Officer's Association and the Association of Texas Professional Educators.

Brown has also been active in local politics, having served as a precinct chairman, election judge, and as an alternate delegate to the 2000 Republican National Convention.

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State Senator Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, represents a 21-county district that includes the Highland Lakes region.

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