Ethics Explorer A Guide to the Financial Interests of Elected Officials

Rep. Linda Harper-Brown District 105 (R-Irving)

Industry
Business Executive, Accountant
Spouse
William "Bill"
Committees
  • Government Efficiency & Reform (Chair)
  • Transportation
  • House Select Committee on Redistricting
Financial Statements

Sources of Income

  • Harper-Brown is the president of H&H Bookkeeping in Irving, which is owned by her husband, William E. Brown III.

Property

  • Residence in Irving valued at $128,770

Analysis

  • Following a Dallas Morning News story, the Texas Ethics Commission fined Harper-Brown $2,000 for failing to report the Mercedes Benz she drove that was provided to her husband by Durable Enterprises Equipment Ltd. in exchange for accounting work he did for the company. According to Texas Watchdog, the company was also the recipient of $8.2 million in state transportation contracts in 2009 and 2010, during which time Harper-Brown was member of the House Transportation Committee. Harper-Brown said she felt she'd done nothing wrong, but acknowledged the perception of impropriety. She gave up the car and then introduced legislation in 2011 that would close the spousal loophole in financial disclosures.

  • She served on the Irving City Council for five years, on the board of Irving ISD and as president of the Irving Schools Foundation. She is on the board of the Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute, the Irving Symphony and the Irving Fire Foundation, and she is the vice chairwoman of the Texas Conservative Coalition.