|Florida State Senate District 19|
|November 16, 2012|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2008|
|Term limits||2 terms (8 years)|
|Florida House of Representatives|
|Bachelor's||Johnson C. Smith University (1973)|
|Master's||University of Pittsburgh (1977)|
|J.D.||Duquesne University (1988)|
|Birthday||October 21, 1954|
Siplin served in the Florida State House of Representatives from 2000 to 2002.
Siplin was a Law Clerk for United States District Judge Edward Davis in 1981. He then worked as an Assistant Attorney for Miami-Dade County in 1982. He is currently an attorney.
Siplin earned his BA in Political Science from Johnson C. Smith University in 1973. He went on to receive his M.A. in Public/International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh in 1977. He then earned his J.D. from Duquesne University in 1988.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Siplin was appointed to these committees:
- Agriculture|Agriculture Chair
- Governmental Oversight and Accountability Vice Chair
- Higher Education Vice Chair
- Budget Subcommittee on Education Pre-K - 12 Appropriations
- Budget Subcommittee on Higher Education Appropriations
- Regulated Industries
- Joint Legislative Budget
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Siplin served on these committees:
- Community Affairs Committee, Florida State Senate
- Criminal Justice Committee, Florida State Senate
- Education Pre-K - 12 Appropriations Committee, Florida State Senate
- Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee, Florida State Senate
- Reapportionment Committee, Florida State Senate
- Rules Committee, Florida State Senate
- Transportation Committee, Florida State Senate
On November 4, 2008, Siplin won re-election to the 19th District Seat in the Florida State Senate, defeating Belinda Ortiz (R). Siplin raised $220,653 for his campaign, while Ortiz raised $293,347.
|Florida State Senate, District 19 (2008)|
|Gary Siplin (D)||79,845||50.5%|
|Belinda Ortiz (R)||78,218||49.5%|
Siplin raised $0 in campaign contributions in 2010, a year in which he was not up for election.
In 2008, Siplin collected $220,653 in campaign contributions. The five largest contributors to his campaign were as follows:
|Florida Democratic Party||$103,031|
|Hospital Corporation of America||$4,000|
|Florida Hospital Association||$2,500|
|Florida Chamber of Commerce||$2,000|
|Florida Dental Association||$1,500|
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Siplin and his wife, Victoria Pierre, have four children.
- Official Florida State Senate website of Senator Gary Siplin
- Gary Siplin for Senate
- Project Vote Smart Gary Siplin candidate summary
- Project Vote Smart Gary Siplin biography
- Gary Siplin on Facebook
- Campaign contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000
|Florida Senate, District 19
| Succeeded by|
Arthenia Joyner (D)