Brandon Hixon, Former Idaho Lawmaker Facing Sexual Abuse Inquiry, Commits Suicide

Brandon Hixon, a former Republican state representative for Idaho, has killed himself amidst accusations of sexual abuse.

Who Was Brandon Hixon?

Brandon Hixon was first elected to the Idaho House of Representatives in 2012. He had a fairly unremarkable career as a lawmaker before he abruptly resigned his seat on October 19, 2017.

In his resignation letter, Hixon stated, “I hope that my efforts have helped improve the lives of my constituents in District 10, as well as all Idahoans. 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.”

What he did not mention was that the day before his resignation, the Caldwell Police Department had told him he was the subject of a criminal investigation. This investigation was later revealed to be about sexual abuse allegations.

The Beginning of the End

This wasn’t the first time 36-year-old Hixon had been under suspicion of sexual assault. He was previously investigated in 2014 for inappropriate touching. Hixon denied the accusations at the time.

In December 2017, Hixon was cited for driving under the influence on two separate occasions.

A family member found Hixon dead of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head,  authorities announced on January 9, 2018.

Hixon leaves behind four children, ranging in age from six to 17.

Ex-Wife Accuses Hixon in Interview

In an interview with Michelle Edmonds of 6 On Your Side, Hixon’s ex-wife, Danielle Hixon, said that she wanted the truth to come out. When asked what that truth was, Danielle Hixon stated, “He molested little girls.”

Now, obviously, Brandon Hixon can no longer defend himself against these allegations and they may or may not be based on facts. For the final say on what Hixon really did, the public must await a conclusion to the criminal investigation.

Training at Idaho Legislature Aims to Combat Harassment

Hours after Hixon’s body was discovered, Idaho’s state legislature conducted mandatory training to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. There was also discussion of potential changes to the legislature’s anti-harassment policies.

This initiative was a response to the surge of sexual misconduct allegations in statehouses across the U.S. and in other industries.

Brandon Hixon is the second lawmaker suspected of sexual misconduct who has committed suicide. Dan Johnson of the Kentucky House of Representatives shot himself while under investigation in December 2017.