Ginny Brown Waite

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Ginny Brown-Waite is a former Representative from the Fifth Congressional district of Florida

Virginia Brown-Waite, a Republican, is a former U.S. Representative from the 5th Congressional District of Florida, having served 2003 to 2011. (map) [1]

Record and controversies

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Iraq War

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Environmental record

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On February 10, 2005, Rep. Brown-Waite voted in favor of the REAL ID Act of 2005, which passed the House 261-161. The congresswoman argued in favor of the act, pointing out the dangers that arise from the use of Social Security numbers and less restrictive state IDs for purposes of security identification. She said,

"Just last week, my district saw the unfortunate confluence of illegal immigration, Social Security fraud and potential terrorist threats meeting together."

"In my hometown of Crystal River, Florida, the nuclear power plant was found to have contracted with illegal immigrant day laborers through a contract who had used fake or stolen ID and Social Security numbers to obtain government-issued driver's licenses. Thankfully, these men have been arrested by the FBI and fully interviewed by Customs enforcement agents. Who is to say that the seemingly harmless workers could not have really been agents of a terrorist group that is intent on blowing up or hijacking a nuclear power plant?"

Main article: REAL ID Act of 2005

Congressional page board resignation

Brown-Waite, along with Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), resigned from the board governing the House page program on December 6, 2007. The Congresswoman alleged that the House clerk did not inform her properly about page infractions. Two pages were dismissed after being caught shoplifting, while two others were dismissed for sexual activity. Charlie Keller, a Brown-Waite spokesman, said the Congresswoman did not make her decision to leave lightly. Brown-Waite had volunteered to join the board earlier in the year to reform the panel after the Mark Foley page scandal. However, Brown-Waite was said to be alarmed when she was not told about the shoplifting incidents before the pages were dismissed. [2]

Keller said House clerk Lorraine Miller informed chairman of the board Rep. Dale Kildee (D-Mich.) only about the shoplifting case. When the sexual incidents occurred, Kildee called an emergency committee meeting of the board to inform them. Brown-Waite, however, said she wanted more supervision of the pages and possibly a tougher code of honor that they must sign. [3]

Main article: 2007 House Page Board Resignations


Brown-Waite was born October 5, 1943, in Albany, New York and educated at the State University of New York and Russell Sage College. She was legislative director of the New York State Senate, a commissioner of Hernando County, Florida, and a member of the Florida State Senate before entering the House.

In 2002, Brown-Waite, then a State Senator, defeated the incumbent Representative, Democrat Karen Thurman. Brown-Waite won despite the unfavorable publicity that came in October when police accused her husband, former state trooper Harvey Waite, of stealing pro-Thurman lawn signs. [1] She was re-elected in 2004 with 66% of the vote.

Brown-Waite has expressed support for the death penalty, saying she believed she saw "a message" in a nosebleed suffered by death row inmate Allen Lee Davis during his execution on July 8, 1999. Brown-Waite, who saw in the blood the shape of a cross, believes that it either indicated Davis had made peace with God, or it was a message from God giving his blessing to the execution. (Mary Jo Melone, A Switch is Thrown, and God Speaks, ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, July 13, 1999, p. 1B.)

She also proposed the American Heroes Repatriation Act, to move American soldiers buried in France and Belgium back to the United States.[2][3]

2006 elections

In 2006, the Democrats nominated John Timothy Russell to face Brown Waite in her November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [4] Brown-Waite retained her seat.

2010 elections

Brown-Waite retired in 2010. Her handpicked replacement, Republican Richard Nugent, was elected to take her place.[1]

Money in politics

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Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
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Committees and affiliations


Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Coalitions and caucuses

More background data

Wikipedia also has an article on Ginny Brown Waite. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.

Former contact

DC Office:
414 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-0905
Phone: 202-225-1002
TollFree: 866-492-4835
Fax: 202-226-6559
Web Email

District Office- Brooksville:
20 North Main Street, Room 200
Brooksville, FL 34601
Phone: 352-799-8354
TollFree: 866-GWAITE-5 (492-4835)
Fax: 352-799-8776

District Office- Dade City:
38008 Meridian Avenue
Dade City, FL 33525
Phone: 352-567-6707
TollFree: 866-GWAITE-5 (492-4835)
Fax: 352-567-6707

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 Ginny Brown-Waite profile, The Washington Post, accessed January 2011.
  2. Susan Crabtree, "Two GOP lawmakers resign from page board," The Hill, December 6, 2007.
  3. Susan Crabtree, "Two GOP lawmakers resign from page board," The Hill, December 6, 2007.

Local blogs and discussion sites

Corresponding article on Wikipedia and Cause Caller. (If Cause Caller link does not work, pick from its list of senators and representatives.)

Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
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110th Congress
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Its My Party Too, Republicans For Choice, Republican Main Street Partnership, The Wish List, The Republican Majority For Choice, Republicans For Environmental Protection
Committees: House Committee on Financial Services, House Committee on Financial Services/Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, House Committee on Financial Services/Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity, House Committee on Financial Services/Subcommittee on Capital Markets Insurance and Government Sponsored Enterprises, House Committee on Homeland Security, House Committee on Homeland Security/Subcommittee on Emerging Threats Cybersecurity and Science and Technology, House Committee on Homeland Security/Subcommittee onTransportation Security and Infrastructure Protection, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs/Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations,
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 5, 2002
First Took Current Office:
January 3, 2003
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
Term Ends:
Freshman Member?
Previous Political Work?
Florida Senate, County Commissioner, Hernando County (FL),
Other Party Membership:
District Offices:
1. 20 North Main Street, Room 200, Brooksville, FL 34601
Phone: 352-799-8354 / Fax: 352-799-8776
2. 38008 Meridian Avenue, Dade City, FL 33525
Phone: 352-567-6707 / Fax: 352-567-6707

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Date of Birth: October 5, 1943