Florida ALEC Politicians

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This is a partial list of Florida politicians that are known to be involved in, or previously involved in, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). It is a partial list. (If you have additional names, please add them with a citation. The names in this original list were verified as of posting.)

Legislators who have cut ties with ALEC publicly are also listed here.

Florida Legislators with ALEC Ties

House of Representatives

  • Rep. Melony Bell (R-56), ALEC member,[1], attended ALEC 2019 Annual Meeting[2]
  • Rep. Colleen Burton (R-40), ALEC member,[1],attended 2015 ALEC Annual Meeting[3]
  • Rep. Charles Clemons (R-21), ALEC member,[1], attended ALEC 2019[2] and 2020 [4]Annual Meetings
  • Rep. Nick DiCeglie (R-66), attended ALEC 2020 Annual Meeting[4]
  • Rep. Byron Donalds (R-80), ALEC non-member,[1],attended ALEC 2019 Annual Meeting[2]
  • Rep. Brad Drake (R-5) ALEC member,[1], Attended ALEC 2019 Annual Meeting[2][5]
  • Rep. Randy Fine (R-53), ALEC member,[1], registered member, attended ALEC 2019 Annual Meeting[2]
  • Rep. Jason Fischer (R-16), ALEC member,[1], registered member; ALEC State Chair, attended ALEC 2019 Annual Meeting[2]
  • Rep. Walter "Mike" Hill (R-1), ALEC member,[1], attended 2019 ALEC States and Nation Policy Summit[6]
  • Rep. Sam Killebrew (R-41), ALEC member,[1], attended ALEC 2019 Annual Meeting[2], recipient of email addressed to "ALEC Members" from Florida Private Sector Chair [7]
  • Rep. Rick Roth (R-85), attended ALEC 2019 Annual Meeting[2]
  • Rep. Mike La Rosa (R-52); ALEC member,[1], ALEC State Chair State Chair,[8][9]
  • Rep. Thomas Leek (R-25), ALEC non-member,[1], attended ALEC 2019 Annual Meeting[2]
  • Rep. Amber Mariano (R-36), ALEC member,[1], attended ALEC 2019 Annual Meeting[2], recipient of email addressed to "ALEC Members" from Florida Private Sector Chair[7]
  • Rep. Lawrence McClure (R-58), ALEC member,[1]
  • Rep. Robert (Bobby) Payne (R-19), ALEC member,[1], attended ALEC 2019 Annual Meeting[2]
  • Rep. Melvin Ponder (R-4), attended ALEC 2020 Annual Meeting[4]
  • Rep. Spencer Roach (R-79), ALEC non-member,[1], attended ALEC 2019 Annual Meeting[2] (name written as "Lal" on Documented source)
  • Rep. Anthony Sabatini (R-32), ALEC member,[1], attended ALEC 2019 Annual Meeting[2]
  • Rep. Ralph Massullo (R-34)[10]
  • Rep. Paul Renner (R-24), ALEC member,[1], recipient of email addressed to "ALEC Members" from Florida Private Sector Chair[7]
  • Rep. David Santiago (R-27), ALEC member,[1], registered member, attended ALEC 2019 Annual Meeting[2]
  • Rep. Cyndi Stevenson (R-17), ALEC member,[1], attended ALEC 2019 Annual Meeting[2], attended ALEC's 2017 Annual Meeting
  • Rep. Josie Tomkow (R-39), ALEC member,[1], attended ALEC 2019 Annual Meeting[2]

Senate

  • Sen. Dennis Baxley (R-Ocala), ALEC member,[1], attended ALEC 2019 Annual Meeting[2], attended 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting, sponsored 2005 SB 436 "Castle Doctrine Act" based on ALEC model,[11] attended 2015 ALEC Annual Meeting[3]
  • Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-22), attended 2011[11] and 2020[4] ALEC Annual Meetings
  • Sen. Doug Broxson (R-1)[8]
  • Sen. Joe Gruters (R-23), ALEC non-member,[1], attended ALEC 2019 Annual Meeting[2]
  • Sen. Anitere Flores (R-38); Education Task Force[12]
  • Sen. Kelli Stargel (R-64), Florida state chair,[13] registered to attend 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[14]

Former Representatives

  • Rep. Larry Ahern (R-66 and R-51)[9]
  • Rep. Frank White (R-02), registered member
  • Rep. Dana Young (R-60), attended 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[11]
  • Rep. Jeanette Nunez (R-Miami), attended 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[11]
  • Rep. Kathleen Peters (R-69); attended 2015 ALEC Annual Meeting, paid for with taxpayer-funded account[15]
  • Rep. Mike Miller (R-47)[8][9]
  • Rep. Clay Ingram (R-2), attended 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[16][14]
  • Rep. Gayle B. Harrell, (R-83)[8]
  • Rep. Matt Caldwell (R-73), ALEC member who has "attended one conference to date, having paid for the membership and any conference costs with my excess campaign account"[17][14]
  • Rep. Jason Brodeur (R-33), ALEC Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force member[18], registered to attend 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[14]
  • Rep. Michael Bileca (R-117), registered to attend 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[14]
  • Rep. Ben Albritton (R-66), registered to attend 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[14]
  • Rep. Larry Ahern (R-51), registered to attend 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[14]
  • Rep. Will Weatherford (R-61), registered to attend 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[14]
  • Rep. Jose Diaz (R-115), registered to attend 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[14]
  • U.S. ambassador to the Organization of American States Carlos Trujillo (Formerly R-116), registered to attend 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[14]
  • Rep. Daniel D. “Dan” Raulerson (R-58)[8]
  • Director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency Neil Combee (Formerly R-39); State Chair, attended 2015 ALEC Annual Meeting[3][9]
  • Circuit Court Judge Larry Metz (R-32), attended 2015 ALEC Annual Meeting[3]
  • Rep. Ray Pilon (R-69); Public Safety and Elections Task Force [19]
  • Rep. Lake Ray (R-17), registered to attend 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[14]
  • Rep. John Tobia (R-31), attended 2009 ALEC Annual Meeting at a taxpayer cost of $1,150; [20] in August 2011 claimed he has not attended another ALEC meeting and is not a member[21]
  • Rep. Dave Murzin (R-2). Formerly on ALEC's Telecom & IT task force. [22]
  • Rep. Bryan Nelson (R-38), registered to attend 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[14]
  • Rep. Debbie Mayfield (R-80), ALEC member[23]
  • Rep. Walter Bryan Hill, aka Mike Hill (R-2), attended 2015 ALEC Annual Meeting[3]
  • Rep. Matt Hudson (R-101), ALEC Health and Human Services Task Force member[24] , registered to attend 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[14]
  • Rep. Clay Ford (R-3)[5][25], ALEC Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force[26] member, registered to attend 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[14]
  • Former Rep. Sandra Adams (former R-33), ALEC Public Safety and Elections Task Force[27]
  • Rep. Rachel Burgin (R-56), registered to attend 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[14]
  • Rep. Fred Costello (R-26), "could not afford the time out of my business to attend" the 2011 ALEC Annual meeting but looks "forward to attending ALEC in the future"[28]
  • Rep. Brad Drake (R -5)[5]
  • Rep. Rich Glorioso (R-Longwood), attended 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[11]
  • Former Rep. Buddy Johnson, Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections till 2009. Investigated for misappropriation of funds[29]
  • Rep. Ana Rivas Logan (R-114), registered to attend 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[14]
  • Former Rep. Jerry L. Maygarden (R-2, former House Majority Leader)[30]
  • Rep. Peter Nehr (R-48), registered to attend 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[14]
  • Rep. Scott Plakon (R-37), ALEC International Relations Task Force member[31] , worked with ALEC in 2011 on "a proposed constitutional amendment that prohibits laws that would force people to join health care plans, an attack on federal health care changes"[11]
  • Former Rep. Bill Posey (now Congressman, R-Rockledge), ALEC Alumni in Congress[32] and 1999 recipient of ALEC "Legislator of the Year" Award[33]
  • Rep. Stephen L. Precourt (R-41), ALEC Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force member[34] , registered to attend 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[14]
  • Rep. Debby Sanderson (R-31), former member of ALEC Board of Directors and State Chair[30]
  • Former Rep. Michael J. Scionti, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for U.S. Intergovernmental Affairs and Homeland Defense[35]
  • Rep. David Thomas (R-70) [29]
  • Former Rep. Thomas E. Warner [29]
  • Rep. Steve Crisafulli (R-32), registered to attend 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[14] but "not a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council"[36]
  • Rep. Daniel Davis (R-13), registered to attend 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[14]
  • Rep. Chris Dorworth (R-34), dues-paying ALEC member as of 2011[37], registered to attend 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[14]
  • Rep. D. Alan Hays (R-25) [5]
  • Rep. Jimmy T. Patronis, Jr. (R-6), former Florida state chair[38], registered to attend 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[14]
  • Rep. John Wood (R-41), Florida state chair,[13] ALEC Health and Human Services Task Force member.[39] In 2011 called himself "proud to be a member of ALEC and has attended two annual conferences - Atlanta in 2009 and most recently New Orleans in 2011,"[40][14] also attended 2015 ALEC Annual Meeting[3]
  • Rep. Richard Corcoran (R-45), registered to attend 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[14]
  • Rep. MaryLynn Mager (R-82), recipient of email addressed to "ALEC Members" from Florida Private Sector Chair[7]

Former Senators

  • Sen. Denise Grimsley (R-26)[8]
  • Sen. Jack Latvala (R-20, former Senate Republican Leader), listed in "1999 ALEC Leaders in the States" by ALEC[30]
  • Sen. Lee Constantine (R-22); Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force[41]
  • Former Sen. John Grant [29]
  • Former Sen. Dennis L. Jones (R-13, former Speaker Pro Tempore)[30]
  • Sen. Evelyn Lynn (R-7), attended an ALEC Conference "about 15 years ago, but I did not find the meetings informative or helpful"[42]
  • Sen. Alan Hays (R-25)[5]
  • Sen. John Thrasher (R-6, former Speaker of the House), recipient of ALEC's 1998 Legislator of the Year Award,[43] listed in "1999 ALEC Leaders in the States" by ALEC[30]

References

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  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Jamie Corey NEW ALEC MEMBERSHIP LIST NAMES MORE LEGISLATORS TIED TO THE GROUP Documented June 6, 2019
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  15. Tony Marrero, "Kathleen Peters responds to Dems' dig on her ALEC trip," Tampa Bay Times, July 24, 2015.
  16. Chris Spencer, Legislative Aide to Clay Ingram, email to Florida citizen (on file with CMD), RE: From 'Write Your Representative' Website, August 12, 2011
  17. Rep. Matt Caldwell, email to Florida resident, RE: From 'Write Your Representative' Website, August 15, 2011
  18. American Legislative Exchange Council, Directory – Full Name and Address, Tax and Fiscal Task Force Membership Directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
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  40. Hedy Weddington, Legislative Assistant to Rep. John Wood, email to Florida citizen, RE: From 'Write Your Representative' Website, August 15, 2011
  41. American Legislative Exchange Council, Directory – Full Name and Address, Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Membership Directory, December 2010, obtained and released by Common Cause
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