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Steve Southerland (Florida politician)

William Steve Southerland II (born October 10, 1965) is an American lobbyist and former Republican Party politician who served as the U.S. Representative forFlorida's 2nd congressional district from 2011 to 2015. The district includes most of the eastern Florida Panhandle, from Panama City to the state capital, Tallahassee. He was narrowly defeated for re-election in 2014 by Democrat Gwen Graham, becoming one of only two incumbent House Republicans to lose a general election that year, along with Lee Terry of Nebraska.

Steve Southerland
Member of theU.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2015
Preceded byAllen Boyd
Succeeded byGwen Graham
Personal details
Born
William Steve Southerland II
(1965-10-10)October 10, 1965 (age 56)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Susan Southerland
Children4
ResidencePanama City, Florida, U.S.
Alma materJefferson State Community College A.A.
Troy State University B.S.
ProfessionLobbyist, Mortician
WebsiteSoutherland For Congress

Contents

Southerland was born on October 10, 1965 in Nashville, Tennessee. He is a lifelong resident of Panama City. He is the fourth generation of five in his family to live in Bay County. In 1983, he graduated from A. Crawford Mosley High School. He earned a B.S. degree in Business Management from Troy State University and an A.A. degree in Mortuary Science from Jefferson State Junior College.

Southerland is co-owner/president of Southerland Family Funeral Homes, founded in 1955. He is also a founding partner in two other businesses: Genesis Granite & Stone, LLC and K & B Land and Timber Company, LLC. Florida's governor[who?][when?] appointed him as chairman of the Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida and to the Florida Board of Funeral Directors, where he served as chairman in his second term.

Elections

2010

Southerland won the Republican primary against Eddie Hendry, Ron McNeil, Barbara F. Olschner and David Scholl. He was part of the GOP Young Gun Program. He was endorsed by U.S. Congressmen Eric Cantor, Jeff Miller, former State House Speaker Allan Bense, former Democratic Governor Wayne Mixson, State Rep. Jimmy Patronis, State Rep. Marti Coley, former U.S. Congressman Bill Grant, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and Lynn Haven Mayor Walter Kelley. It was Southerland's first bid for elected office.

Southerland faced seven-term Democratic incumbent Allen Boyd in the November general election. Independent candidates Paul C. McKain and Dianne Berryhill were also on the ballot, and Ray Netherwood had qualified as a write-in candidate.

Real Clear Politics rated this race a "Leans GOP". CQ Politics rated the election as a toss-up.

In the November 2 general election, Southerland defeated Boyd with 52 percent of the vote. Southerland is the first freshman Republican to represent the 2nd since its formation in 1963 (it was the 9th District from 1963–1967 and has been the 2nd since 1967). The only other Republican to ever represent this district, Bill Grant, was originally elected as a Democrat in 1986, but switched parties midway through his second term.

2012

Southerland defeated former State Senator Alfred Lawson Jr. 53% 175,856 votes to 47% 157,634 out of 333,718 ballots cast on November 6, 2012 for his re-election to a second term in Congress.

2014

Southerland ran for re-election. He ran unopposed for the Republican nomination in the primary, and faced Gwen Graham in the general election on November 4, 2014. Southerland lost the election, receiving 49.56% of the vote to Graham's 50.44%.

Tenure

Southerland opposes military intervention in Syria.

He voted for the Amash–Conyers Amendment, which would prohibit the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act.

He voted against the 2014 Farm Bill, a $1 trillion bill which expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.

Southerland has said he wants to replace the Affordable Care Act "with an approach that incorporates free-market principles. The article cited states: "Southerland prefers a system that would give consumers greater access to health savings accounts and force greater competition on insurance providers while retaining the Obamacare provision that prohibits insurers from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions. He voiced support for tort reform to help prevent frivolous lawsuits against doctors." "

On July 11, 2014, Southerland introduced the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2014 (H.R. 5078; 113th Congress), a bill that would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) from implementing or enforcing certain proposed regulations regarding the use of the nation's waters and wetlands.

The American Conservative Union gave him an 83% evaluation.

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Steve and Susan Southerland have four children. He is a member of Northstar Church, a nondenominational church in Panama City.

Southerland served as Chairman of the Bay County Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Salvation Army Advisory Board as well as such community boards including the Florida State University Panama City Development Board and the Covenant Hospice Foundation Board. He is a member of the National Rifle Association, and a founding member and the former Vice President of the Bay Patriots.

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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
fromFlorida's 2nd congressional district

January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2015
Succeeded by

Steve Southerland (Florida politician)
Steve Southerland Florida politician Language Watch Edit William Steve Southerland II 1 born October 10 1965 is an American lobbyist 2 and former Republican Party politician who served as the U S Representative for Florida s 2nd congressional district from 2011 to 2015 The district includes most of the eastern Florida Panhandle from Panama City to the state capital Tallahassee He was narrowly defeated for re election in 2014 by Democrat Gwen Graham becoming one of only two incumbent House Republicans to lose a general election that year along with Lee Terry of Nebraska 3 Steve SoutherlandMember of the U S House of Representatives from Florida s 2nd districtIn office January 3 2011 January 3 2015Preceded byAllen BoydSucceeded byGwen GrahamPersonal detailsBornWilliam Steve Southerland II 1965 10 10 October 10 1965 age 56 Nashville Tennessee U S NationalityAmericanPolitical partyRepublicanSpouse s Susan SoutherlandChildren4ResidencePanama City Florida U S Alma materJefferson State Community College A A Troy State University B S ProfessionLobbyist MorticianWebsiteSoutherland For Congress Contents 1 Early life and education 2 Business career 3 U S House of Representatives 3 1 Elections 3 1 1 2010 3 1 2 2012 3 1 3 2014 3 2 Tenure 3 3 Committee assignments 3 4 Caucus memberships 4 Personal life 5 References 6 External linksEarly life and education EditSoutherland was born on October 10 1965 in Nashville Tennessee 4 5 He is a lifelong resident of Panama City He is the fourth generation of five in his family to live in Bay County In 1983 he graduated from A Crawford Mosley High School He earned a B S degree in Business Management from Troy State University and an A A degree in Mortuary Science from Jefferson State Junior College 6 Business career EditSoutherland is co owner president of Southerland Family Funeral Homes founded in 1955 7 He is also a founding partner in two other businesses Genesis Granite amp Stone LLC and K amp B Land and Timber Company LLC Florida s governor who when appointed him as chairman of the Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida 8 and to the Florida Board of Funeral Directors 9 where he served as chairman in his second term U S House of Representatives EditElections Edit 2010 Edit Main article 2010 United States House of Representatives elections in Florida District 2 Southerland won the Republican primary against Eddie Hendry Ron McNeil Barbara F Olschner and David Scholl 10 He was part of the GOP Young Gun Program 11 12 He was endorsed by U S Congressmen Eric Cantor Jeff Miller former State House Speaker Allan Bense former Democratic Governor Wayne Mixson State Rep Jimmy Patronis State Rep Marti Coley former U S Congressman Bill Grant former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and Lynn Haven Mayor Walter Kelley 13 It was Southerland s first bid for elected office Southerland faced seven term Democratic incumbent Allen Boyd in the November general election Independent candidates Paul C McKain and Dianne Berryhill were also on the ballot and Ray Netherwood had qualified as a write in candidate Real Clear Politics rated this race a Leans GOP 14 CQ Politics rated the election as a toss up 15 In the November 2 general election Southerland defeated Boyd with 52 percent of the vote Southerland is the first freshman Republican to represent the 2nd since its formation in 1963 it was the 9th District from 1963 1967 and has been the 2nd since 1967 16 The only other Republican to ever represent this district Bill Grant was originally elected as a Democrat in 1986 but switched parties midway through his second term 2012 Edit Main article 2012 United States House of Representatives elections in Florida District 2 Southerland defeated former State Senator Alfred Lawson Jr 53 175 856 votes to 47 157 634 out of 333 718 ballots cast on November 6 2012 for his re election to a second term in Congress 2014 Edit Main article 2014 United States House of Representatives elections in Florida District 2 Southerland ran for re election He ran unopposed for the Republican nomination in the primary 17 and faced Gwen Graham in the general election on November 4 2014 Southerland lost the election receiving 49 56 of the vote to Graham s 50 44 18 Tenure Edit Southerland opposes military intervention in Syria 19 He voted for the Amash Conyers Amendment which would prohibit the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act 20 He voted against the 2014 Farm Bill a 1 trillion bill which expanded crop insurance for farmers by 7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop 21 Southerland has said he wants to replace the Affordable Care Act with an approach that incorporates free market principles The article cited states Southerland prefers a system that would give consumers greater access to health savings accounts and force greater competition on insurance providers while retaining the Obamacare provision that prohibits insurers from denying coverage for pre existing conditions He voiced support for tort reform to help prevent frivolous lawsuits against doctors 22 On July 11 2014 Southerland introduced the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2014 H R 5078 113th Congress a bill that would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency EPA and the U S Army Corps of Engineers Corps from implementing or enforcing certain proposed regulations regarding the use of the nation s waters and wetlands 23 24 The American Conservative Union gave him an 83 evaluation Committee assignments Edit Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries Wildlife Oceans and Insular Affairs Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee on Highways and TransitCaucus memberships Edit Congressional Constitution Caucus 25 Personal life EditSteve and Susan Southerland have four children He is a member of Northstar Church a nondenominational church in Panama City 26 Southerland served as Chairman of the Bay County Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Salvation Army Advisory Board as well as such community boards including the Florida State University Panama City Development Board and the Covenant Hospice Foundation Board 27 He is a member of the National Rifle Association and a founding member and the former Vice President of the Bay Patriots 27 References Edit Genealogy site for Southerland family Archived January 29 2007 at the Wayback Machine https www capitolhillcg com team steve southerland https www washingtonpost com blogs post politics wp 2014 11 05 read in clean sweep edition Guide to the New Congress PDF CQ Roll Call November 4 2010 Archived from the original PDF on July 8 2011 Retrieved November 24 2010 https news yahoo com s cq 20101103 pl cq politics politics000003758170 2 www meaningfulfunerals net Product Showroom Southerland Family Funeral Homes and Crematory Retrieved September 8 2014 Education House of Representatives Archived from the original on September 8 2014 Retrieved September 8 2014 Rep Steve Southerland II R Fla Roll Call Retrieved September 8 2014 Blake Aaron October 30 2009 Second GOPer signs up to face Rep Boyd The Hill s Blog Briefing Room Thehill com Retrieved August 21 2010 CQ politics blogsite Archived August 31 2010 at the Wayback Machine NRCC Expands Lower Tiers in Young Guns Roll Call July 21 2010 Retrieved September 8 2014 Southerland For Congress com Florida 2nd District Southerland vs Boyd Real Clear Politics October 28 2010 Retrieved October 29 2010 CQPolitics Archived February 24 2009 at the Wayback Machine Bojorquez Manuel September 4 2013 Fla congressman hears it from constituents about Syria CBS News Retrieved September 8 2014 2014 Florida House Primaries Results Politico August 28 2014 Retrieved September 8 2014 Florida Department of State Division of Elections Retrieved November 5 2014 McLaughlin Tom September 3 2013 Miller Southerland Voice Their Opinions on Syria NWFDaily News Archived from the original on September 8 2014 Retrieved September 8 2014 Amash amendment the full roll call The Guardian July 24 2013 Retrieved September 8 2014 Rogers Alex June 21 2013 How Food Stamps Killed the Farm Bill Time Retrieved September 8 2014 Olwell Chris August 20 2014 Medical group endorses Southerland News Herald Archived from the original on September 8 2014 Retrieved September 8 2014 CBO H R 5078 Congressional Budget Office Retrieved September 10 2014 H R 5078 Summary United States Congress Retrieved September 10 2014 Members Congressional Constitution Caucus Retrieved May 8 2018 Staff January 5 2011 Ten Southern Baptists sworn in as new reps Baptist Press Archived from the original on December 26 2014 Retrieved December 25 2014 a b Southerland For CongressExternal links EditSteve Southerland at Curlie Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Profile at Vote Smart Financial information federal office at the Federal Election Commission Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress Appearances on C SPANU S House of RepresentativesPreceded by Allen Boyd Member of the U S House of Representatives from Florida s 2nd congressional district January 3 2011 January 3 2015 Succeeded by Gwen Graham Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Steve Southerland Florida politician amp oldid 1038143727, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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