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||Kenneth Kimberlin Brimer
||Section:Patriots' Hill, Section 1 (A)
|Reason for Eligibility:
||Member, Texas Senate; Member, Texas House of Representatives; Member, Brazos River Authority
||March 5, 1945
BRIMER, KEN (1945 ~ ). The following is a biography for former State Senator Ken Brimer. The biography was provided by Brimer's campaign Web site.
Former Texas State Senator Kenneth Kimberlin 'Kim' Brimer, Jr. was born March 5, 1945 in Houston. A fifth-generation Texan who served the families of Tarrant County in both the Texas Senate and Texas House of Representatives from 1989 - 2008. His family roots include notables George Campbell Childress, the author of the Texas Declaration of Independence, and John B. Connally Jr., the 38th Governor of the State of Texas.
During the 80th Legislative Session, his last regular session, Senator Brimer served as Chairman of the Senate Administration Committee and the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission. He also served as Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Economic Development and as a member of the Senate committees on Government Organization, Natural Resources, Transportation & Homeland Security, and the State Preservation Board.
Senator Brimer's economic development leadership is well documented. In 2001, he authored the Texas Economic Development Act, which created new high-paying manufacturing jobs across the state. In 1995 he authored the Sports and Community Venue Financing Bill, which built major sports venues across Texas and is considered the largest economic development package ever given to local governments. He also passed legislation to create the Texas Peace Officers Memorial on the Capitol grounds. In his last term in the Texas House he established the Texas Mobility Fund for building road projects throughout Texas. During his first term in the Senate, Brimer also authored and passed the Texas Enterprise Fund Act, which funded economic, infrastructure and community development, as well as job training programs and business incentives throughout Texas. Brimer continued his economic development initiatives in 2005, most notably creating opportunities for local governments to partner with the state to recruit major special events and further broadening and strengthening the accountability of the Texas Enterprise Fund. Prior to the legislature he was appointed in 1986 to the Brazos River Authority board by Governor Bill Clements.
As a State Representative, Brimer served as Chairman for the Business and Industry Committee for over a decade and many other key leadership assignments including Chairman of the Research and Oversight Council on Workers' Compensation.
Senator Brimer's leadership earned high praise from many groups across the state. The Texas Association of Business named him a 'Fighter For Free Enterprise,' the Texas Association of Builders recognized him as the 'Property Rights Protector of the Year,' and The Lone Star Report has called him a 'Key Player of the 77th Session.' In 2005, Brimer was awarded the honor of 'Best of the Texas Senate,' by the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas and an 'Outstanding Citizen for Seniors,' by Senior Citizens Services of Greater Tarrant County. This past year, Brimer has been recognized for leadership by The Social Workers Association and Texas Wind Entergy supporters.
Senator Brimer is a former collegiate scholarship football player and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Stephen F. Austin State University. He has served as a member of the Longhorn Boy Scouts Executive Board, Armed Forces Bowl Executive Board, Colleyville Chamber Advisory Board, Senior Citizens Services Board, and Friends of the State Library. He is also a member of Phi Delta Theta National Fraternity, Texas Eta Chapter, and was named the fraternity's 'Alumnus of the Year' for 1982-1983. Senator Brimer has also served in the U. S. Air Force Reserve and Texas Air National Guard where he received an Honorable Discharge in 1975.
As a businessman he established and was President of American Insurance Agency, Inc. which he sold in 2001 after a 26 year career in which he carried a Certified Insurance Counselor designation. He is married to the former Janna Kay Patton, a farm and ranch realtor. The Brimer’s have five grown children and nine grandchildren. They live on their ranch two miles southwest of the town of Palo Pinto, in historic Palo Pinto County, Texas.
Further information is available through the Texas State Cemetery research department.