Republican Brandon Hixon died Tuesday of an apparent suicide. The 36-year-old resigned in October last year following accusations of sexual misconduct. He left behind four children.
He resigned from the Legislature in October after news broke that he was the focus of a criminal investigation by Caldwell police. That inquiry is apparently related to sexual abuse, according to a later request by Canyon County officials for the Idaho Attorney General’s Office to take over the investigation.
“I hope that my efforts have helped improve the lives of my constituents in District 10, as well as all Idahoans,” Hixon wrote in an email to Bedke and Gov. Butch Otter. “I will never forget all of my colleagues that I very much enjoyed working side by side with to make Idaho a better place for all.”
This is the second suicide by a state lawmaker in less than a month. In December, Kentucky representative Dan Johnson also committed suicide following sexual misconduct accusations by someone who at the time was 17-years-old.
This is a sad example of the types of people we’re putting into office. It’s disrespectful to speak ill of the dead, but it was a selfish and cowardly act to take his own life with four children depending on him. We need to take a closer look at all of our current and future leaders. This was preventable across the board.