LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI/AP) — One of the top-ranking Republicans in the Indiana Statehouse was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident in northern Michigan.
House Speaker Brian C. Bosma released a statement Wednesday regarding House Ways and Means Chairman State Rep. Tim Brown ’s involvement in a motorcycle crash in Michigan. According to the statement, Brown and State Rep. Mike Speedy were riding their motorcycles when an SUV pulled out in front of the riders. Speedy was able to avoid the vehicle.
House Speaker Brian Bosma said in a message to lawmakers that Brown was taken to a hospital in Petoskey, Michigan.
The full statement is as follows:
“State Rep. Tim Brown was involved in a serious motorcycle accident in northern Michigan late this morning. He was traveling on his motorcycle with State Rep. Mike Speedy when he struck an SUV that pulled out in front of them. Rep. Speedy was able to avoid the vehicle and was not injured. Out of respect for Tim’s family, we cannot confirm any details about his condition at this time. Tim is an invaluable member of our leadership team, a dedicated public servant and one of my most cherished friends. Our prayers are with him, his family and Rep. Speedy.”
Brown, a recently retired emergency room physician, has served in the Legislature since 1994.
He has long been a motorcycle enthusiast and often posts photos of his bug-splattered Harley Davidson from scenic locations during long rides. He is married and also has four daughters.
State Rep. Tim Brown is the state legislator for House District 41, which includes portions of Montgomery, Boone, and Tippecanoe counties. As chairman of the House Ways and Means committee, he has had a considerable degree of influence in Republicans' legislative accomplishments, including last year's massive road funding plan. He was previously chairman of the Public Health Committee and the Statutory Committee on Ethics.
Senator Ron Alting has worked with Brown for many years and is saddened by the news.
"We're very lucky to have Representative Brown as part of the Tippecanoe County legislative team," said Alting. "He's in the Alting family prayers. These are difficult times, very difficult times."
Gov. Eric Holcomb said in a statement that he was praying for Brown.
"In addition to being a public servant and an extraordinary leader, Dr. Tim Brown is a fighter," Holcomb said. "Janet and I are praying for his recovery and ask Hoosiers across the state to join us."