Former Idaho Rep, Brandon Hixon, committed suicide early Tuesday – three months after resigning from the Idaho House
Hixon, 36, stepped down in October, when he came under investigation for sexual abuse, and seemed to unravel after that
The former three-term GOP Assemblyman was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head by a family member at his home in Caldwell, Idaho Tuesday morning
State Attorney General’s Office has taken over case from police
Hixon was arrested twice in December on DUI and drug charges
No charges had been filed yet, before his death
Divorced from wife Danielle in 2017, Hixon is survived by four children, ages six to 17
Hixon was previously investigated for inappropriately touching someone – possibly a child – in Dec 2014, but was never charged because the alleged victim couldn’t provide enough details to investigators
Former Idaho Rep Brandon Hixon [R-Idaho], was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head by a family member at his home in Caldwell, Idaho Jan 9
A former Idaho lawmaker who recently stepped down in the midst of a sexual abuse investigation committed suicide on Tuesday, January 9
Brandon Hixon was found dead by a relative at his home in Caldwell around 7am.
The Canyon County Coroner says the 36-year-old died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
House Speaker Scott Bedke announced Hixon’s death around 11 am, Tuesday.
‘Former Rep. Brandon Hixon has tragically taken his own life. Our thoughts go first to family and friends who are suffering from this loss,’ Bedke added.
‘We should… support those who are close to us when they are struggling. Please remember Brandon’s family in your prayers,’ Speaker Bedke said
Hixon appeared to have unraveled after his resignation from the Idaho House in November. One month later he had been arrested twice, for DUI [photo left, a mugshot from one of his December arrests], once for having anti-depressant drugs in his system
36-year-old Hixon, a Republican who was elected to the Idaho House six years ago, stepped down from his position in the Idaho House October 20, when he came under investigation for sexual abuse.
Hixon appeared to have unraveled after his resignation from the Idaho House in November, culminating in two arrested just a one month later.
First elected into the Idaho House in 2012, as a Republican representative for Caldwell, Hixon was re-elected to his seat in 2014, with 58.9 per cent of the vote. However, he was forced to step down suddenly in October, when it was revealed that he was under investigation by Caldwell Police for sexual abuse.
Hixon, a three-term Republican Rep, resigned on October 20 after news of the sex abuse investigation was made public. The father-of-four was divorced from his wife in 2016
The police investigation has since been turned over to the Attorney General’s Office, No charges had been filed yet.
The divorced father-of-four was previously investigated for inappropriately touching someone – possibly a child – in December 2014. But he was never charged since the alleged victim couldn’t provide enough details to cops.
Evidently, since resigning, Hixon’s life seems to have gone down hill. He was arrested twice in December for DUI – the second time for having a depressive drug in his system.
During the first incident, he was also charged with resisting arrest when he refused to get out of his car. Cops later found he had nearly twice the legal limit of alcohol in his system.
He was due in court next week for a hearing involving his second arrest.
Hixon was a fourth-generation Idahoan who graduated from Idaho State University with a degree in construction management. When he first ran for office, and during his re-election, Hixon’s criminal history was brought up. He brushed the convictions off as ‘youthful indiscretions’.
But his last brushes with the law channeled his history where before the age of 21, he already had five convictions including two for alcohol possession, urinating in public, having an invalid driver’s license and a curfew violation.
Hixon and his wife Danielle divorced in 201. He is survived by four children, ages six to 17.