Saying that his home's value dropped significantly in 2007 like many other Idaho families, Caldwell Republican Rep. Brandon Hixon confirmed to the Idaho Press-Tribune that he had defaulted on his mortgage and that his Caldwell home was scheduled for auction in March. Hixon added that he's currently engaged in a loan modification process with his bank. The Press-Tribune printed the legal notice of the mortgage default in its Dec. 27 issue.
“While it is a significant challenge, I am not one to make excuses,” Hixon told the Press-Tribune. “It is my responsibility and I intend to honor my commitment. … I have worked hard to ensure this temporary situation will have no significant impact on my ability to be an effective legislator.”
Hixon is about to begin the second year of his first term in the Idaho House. He was elected to represent Caldwell's District 10 and serves on the House Business, Health & Welfare and Transportation & Defense committees.
In a recent interview with Boise Weekly, Hixon talked about growing up with his two siblings in Salmon, with his single mother holding multiple jobs.
"She made miracles happen," said Hixon. "We grew up poor."
When he moved to the Treasure Valley, Hixon worked in the construction industry, as an Internet sales manager for a Chevrolet dealership in Caldwell, and as a personal lines agent for Liberty Mutual Insurance for several years.
But Hixon said he stepped away from his job in insurance when he was elected to the Legislature.
"I went from a very good salary down to basically a minimum wage salary," said Hixon. "But I did this in the name of service."
When BW asked Hixon about his financial crunch, which prohibits many young adults from considering the Legislature, the Caldwell lawmaker said it was a "big time" problem.
"It's not a young man's game, with the way that the pay is set up," he said. "I'm here to tell you that if the people in this state would like to see younger people participate in the Legislature, maybe it's time to have that conversation (about compensation)."
Hixon, 32, is the youngest legislator in the Idaho Legislature. He and his wife, Danielle, have a 2 1/2-year-old son.