Representative Steve Southerland
Steve Southerland has been a leader for North and Northwest Florida, owning and operating a local small business and taking an active role in his community long before he joined Congress.
Sworn in to office on January 5, 2011, Representative Southerland serves on the important House Committees on Natural Resources and Transportation, each of which play a critical role in protecting jobs, promoting economic development, and preserving treasured resources across Florida's Second District.
Representative Southerland believes the best way to keep America strong is to empower its people, not government bureaucrats. Expanding personal freedom by shrinking the size of government. Fueling the engine of free enterprise through lower taxes and less regulation. Supporting a responsible pro-family agenda that strengthens homes and teaches our children how to succeed. These are the bedrock principles that secure the blessings of liberty for future generations.
Representative Southerland has taken a leading role in ensuring a bright future for Florida's Second District. As chair of the Bay County Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Economic Development Alliance, he spearheaded efforts to grow the local economy and create jobs. As chair of the Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida, Representative Southerland promoted educational initiatives that unite families and prepare young children who are entering kindergarten. Through his work with the Covenant Hospice Foundation board, he improved local health care services for our seniors and veterans.
Representative Southerland has spent nearly his entire life as a resident of Panama City. As the owner and president of Southerland Family Funeral Homes, a third generation small business, he understands the challenges faced by local families and has helped provide jobs to dozens of hardworking Floridians. As a small business owner, Representative Southerland believes that hard work and honest dealings, rather than the whims of Washington, are the ingredients for success.
Steve Southerland and Susan, his wife of 25 years, met in the first grade and have spent most of their formative years together. Steve and Susan are proudly instilling the values of faith, family, and freedom in the next generation of Southerlands – their daughters Samantha, Stephanie, Ally, and Abby.
Representative Lynn Jenkins
Growing up on a dairy farm near Holton, Kansas, Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins learned the values of hard work, keeping your word, and the importance of serving your community. Those are the same values that led her to public service and still guide her decisions as she represents the Second District of Kansas, which includes Topeka, Lawrence, Leavenworth, Pittsburg, Independence and the majority of northeast and southeast Kansas.
After winning election for her third term in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congresswoman Jenkins was selected by her colleagues to serve as the Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference during the 113th Congressional session. Conference Vice Chair is the fifth-highest ranking position in House Republican Leadership. Congresswoman Jenkins is the 25th woman in history to hold a leadership position in either branch of Congress.
Congresswoman Jenkins currently serves on the House Committee on Ways and Means, the chief tax writing committee in the House of Representatives. As a member of the Ways and Means Committee, she serves on both the Trade Subcommittee and Oversight Subcommittee.
During Congresswoman Jenkins's time in Congress, she has developed a track record for supporting fiscally responsible public policy to promote job creation and economic growth, working to improve transparency in Congress and backing a strong national defense. Congresswoman Jenkins has introduced legislation to make the House more accountable to how it spends taxpayer dollars, to improve transparency in the House committee process and to prevent the House from passing major legislation during a lame duck session. She continues to oppose wasteful government spending and is working to reduce the record deficits and national debt.
Congresswoman Jenkins is a Certified Public Accountant by profession and brings nearly 20 years of experience helping individuals and small businesses manage their finances to the House of Representatives. She also served in the Kansas House and Kansas Senate and as the 37th Kansas State Treasurer.
Congresswoman Jenkins graduated from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas and Weber State College in Ogden, Utah, earning a degree in Accounting with a minor in economics. She has two children, Hayley and Hayden.
Senator Angus King
Senator King was born in Alexandria, VA in 1944. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1966 and from UVA Law School in 1969. He began his career as a staff attorney for Pine Tree Legal Assistance in Skowhegan. In 1972, he served as chief counsel to U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Alcoholism and Narcotics in the office of then-Senator William Hathaway.
In 1975, he returned to Maine to practice with Smith, Loyd and King in Brunswick. In 1983, he became VP of Swift River/Hafslund Co., an alternative energy development company. Six years later, he founded Northeast Energy Management, Inc., a developer of large-scale energy conservation projects at commercial and industrial facilities in Maine.
In 1994, he was elected Maine's 71st Governor. During his two terms as Maine governor, he focused on economic development and job creation. He also achieved significant reforms in education, mental health services, land conservation, environmental protection, and the delivery of state services.
In 2012, he was elected the first Independent from Maine to serve in the U.S. Senate. He follows in the footsteps of Republican Senator Olympia Snowe who announced she would not run for re-election in early 2012.
Senator King is married to Mary Herman and has four sons, Angus III, Duncan, James, and Ben, one daughter, Molly, and 5 grandchildren.
Representative Trey Radel
Congressman Trey Radel represents Florida's 19th Congressional District, a coastal area of Southwest Florida including Fort Myers, Naples, Cape Coral, Bonita Springs and Marco Island.
As a new father, Trey was inspired to run for Congress to be a common sense voice in the debates over spending, tax reform and the role the government should play in our lives.
Trey and his family have deep roots throughout Southwest Florida; he was a small business owner, founded a nonprofit organization for wounded veterans and worked as a journalist and talk radio host. These ties drive his passion to be a tireless advocate for the community.
Trey is trilingual, fluent in English, Spanish and Italian. Trey is married to Amy Wegmann Radel. The couple has one child.
For the 113th Congress, Trey was selected to be a member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure as well as the Committee on Foreign Affairs.
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