David Jolly

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David Jolly
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U.S. House, Florida, District 13
In office
March 14, 2014-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
PredecessorC.W. Bill Young (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedMarch 11, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$3,964,625
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sEmory University
J.D.George Mason University School of Law
Office website
Campaign website
David Jolly is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives representing Florida's 13th Congressional District. Jolly won election to the U.S. House in a special election on March 11, 2014.[1][2][3] He was sworn into office on March 14, 2014.[4]

He defeated Kathleen Peters and Mark Bircher in the Republican primary on January 14, 2014.[5] He defeated Alex Sink (D), Lucas Overby (L) and write-in candidate Michael Levinson in the special general election.[2]

Jolly won re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran unopposed for the Republican nomination in the primary election. He then defeated Lucas Overby (L) in the general election on November 4, 2014.


Below is an abbreviated outline of Jolly's academic, professional and political career:[6]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Jolly currently does not serve on any committees:[7]


Jolly served on the following committees:[8]

Key votes

Government affairs

HR 676

See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five RepublicansThomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas—voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[9] Jolly joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[10][11]


Immigration reform

When asked about immigration reform at a debate on February 25, 2014, Alex Sink replied, “Immigration reform is important in our country. It’s one of the main agenda items of the beaches chamber of commerce, for obvious reasons. Because we have a lot of employers over on the beaches that rely upon workers and especially in this high-growth environment, where are you going to get people work to clean our hotel rooms or do our landscaping?...And we don’t need to put those employers in the position of hiring undocumented and illegal workers.”[12]

Jolly responded at a news conference on February 27, 2014, “I think Alex Sink’s comments reflect a bigotry that should disqualify her from representing the people of this community and should disqualify her from serving in the United States Congress. I think it was a disgusting comment.”[12]


1989 accident

On February 24, 2014, Jolly acknowledged that as a teenager, he killed a pedestrian in a car accident in 1989.[13]

Jolly said of the accident: “It took several years for me to get to a place of peace, but not something anybody would ever get over.”[13]



See also: Florida's 13th Congressional District elections, 2014

Jolly won re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran unopposed for the Republican nomination in the primary election. He then defeated Lucas Overby (L) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[14]

He was added to the National Republican Congressional Committee's Patriot Program on April 16, 2014.[15] The program was designed to assist vulnerable Republican incumbents in the 2014 election cycle.[16]

U.S. House, Florida District 13 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Jolly Incumbent 75.2% 168,172
     Libertarian Lucas Overby 24.7% 55,318
     Write-in Michael Stephen Levinson 0% 86
Total Votes 223,576
Source: Florida Division of Elections

2014 special election

See also: Florida's 13th Congressional District special election, 2014

Jolly won election in the special election for the U.S. House, representing Florida's 13th District.[1] The election was held following the death of Rep. C.W. Bill Young. Jolly defeated Kathleen Peters and Mark Bircher in the Republican primary on January 14, 2014.[17] He defeated Alex Sink (D), Lucas Overby (L) and write-in candidate Michael Levinson in the special general election on March 11, 2014.[2]

U.S. House, Florida District 13 General Special Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Jolly 48.5% 88,294
     Democratic Alex Sink 46.6% 84,877
     Libertarian Lucas Overby 4.8% 8,799
Total Votes 181,970
Source: Unoffocial Results via Associated Press
U.S. House, Florida District 13 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Jolly 44.6% 20,337
Kathleen Peters 31% 14,120
Mark Bircher 24.5% 11,158
Total Votes 45,615
Source: Unofficial results via Associated Press[18]


Young’s widow, Beverly Young, endorsed Jolly on November 2, 2013.[1]

Campaign contributions

Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Jolly is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Jolly raised a total of $3,964,625 during that time period. This information was last updated on January 26, 2015.[19]

David Jolly's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 U.S. House (Florida, District 13) Won $2,045,276
2014 U.S. House (Florida, District 13) Won $1,919,349
Grand Total Raised $3,964,625


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Jolly's reports.[20]

David Jolly (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Special[21]January 2, 2014$0$388,450$(246,558)$141,891
Year End[22]January 31, 2014$141,891$13,200$(82,136)$72,954
Pre-Special[23]February 27, 2014$72,954$638,536$(529,301)$182,189
Post-Special[24]April 10, 2014$182,189$352,368$(514,811)$19,746
July Quarterly[25]July 15, 2014$19,746$272,607$(95,619)$196,734
Pre-Primary[26]August 14, 2014$196,734$82,505$(172,708)$106,530
October Quarterly[27]October 15, 2014$106,530$150,461$(53,734)$203,257
Running totals

Jolly reportedly donated nearly $30,000 to the Democratic Party and Democratic candidates since 2006. The biggest contribution was made to former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., but other donations were made to Dick Durbin, Barbara Mikulski and late Sen. Daniel Inouye.[28]

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a two-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of two different metrics:

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by OpenSecrets.org, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Jolly received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Leadership PACs industry.

From 2013-2014, 36.37 percent of Jolly's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[29]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
David Jolly Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,722,668
Total Spent $1,616,137
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Leadership PACs$266,950
Candidate Committees$103,500
Real Estate$86,225
% total in top industry15.5%
% total in top two industries22.16%
% total in top five industries36.37%


Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[30]

Jolly most often votes with:

Jolly least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Jolly missed 0 of 328 roll call votes from March 2014 to July 2014. This amounts to 0.00 percent, which is better than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.[31]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.

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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Associated Press, "U.S. House - District 13 - General," accessed March 11, 2014
  3. WTSP TV, "David Jolly to be sworn in to Congress on Thursday afternoon," accessed March 13, 2014
  4. U.S. House David Jolly, "David Jolly is Sworn In & Applauds Senate for Moving Swiftly on Flood Insurance Reforms," accessed March 17, 2014
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  7. U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk, "Committee Information," accessed February 19, 2015
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  9. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  10. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  11. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 Washington Times, "Democrat slammed for stereotyping immigrants as maids," accessed March 4, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 Politico, "David Jolly acknowledges fatal 1989 crash," accessed February 25, 2014
  14. The Huffington Post, "Election 2014," November 4, 2014
  15. Roll Call, "House Republicans Add Two to Incumbent Protection Program," accessed April 17, 2014
  16. Roll Call, "House GOP Adds 9 Vulnerable Incumbents to Patriot Program," July 21, 2013
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  18. Associated Press, "U.S. House Florida January 14 election," accessed January 14, 2014
  19. Open Secrets, "David Jolly," accessed January 26, 2015
  20. Federal Election Commission, "David Jolly 2014 Summary reports," accessed February 20, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Pre Special," accessed February 20, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 20, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-Special," accessed September 30, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Post Special," accessed April 21, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "David Jolly July Quarterly," accessed September 30, 2014
  26. Federal Election Commission, "David Jolly Pre-Primary," accessed September 30, 2014
  27. Federal Election Commission, "David Jolly October Quarterly," accessed October 20, 2014
  28. Politico, "GOP candidate’s Democratic giving past," accessed November 18, 2013
  29. OpenSecrets.org, "Rep. David Jolly," accessed September 23, 2014
  30. OpenCongress, "David Jolly," accessed July 28, 2014
  31. GovTrack, "David Jolly," accessed July 28, 2014