Gwen Margolis

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Gwen Margolis
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Florida State Senate, District 35
Incumbent
In office
1980-1993, 2002 - 2008; November 16, 2010 - present
Term ends
November 16, 2012
Years in position (current service)4
Years in position (previous service)13
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
President, Florida State Senate
1990 - 1993
Compensation
Base salary$29,697/year
Per diem$129/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limits 2 terms (8 years)
Prior offices
Miami Dade County Commission
1993 - 2002
Florida House of Representatives
1974 - 1980
Personal
BirthdayOctober 4, 1934
ProfessionLegislator
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Gwen Margolis (b. October 4, 1934) is a Democratic member of the Florida State Senate, representing District 35. She was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Margolis served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1974 to 1980, and in the Florida State Senate from 1980 to 1993 and 2002 to 2008. Between her previous Senate terms, she was a Miami-Dade County Commissioner. She ran unsuccessfully for Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser in 2008.

Biography

Margolis attended Temple University. Her professional experience includes working as a real-estate agent and investor.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Margolis served on the following committees:

Florida Committee Assignments, 2013
Transportation, Vice-chair
Appropriations
Banking and Insurance
Commerce and Tourism
Gaming
Rules
Legislative Budget Commission

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Margolis served on the following committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2010

On her campaign website, Margolis stated, "I have long supported ethics legislation, government in the sunshine and the rights of women and the elderly and know that I can make a difference for the people of Florida and District 35."[1]

Elections

2012

See also: Florida State Senate elections, 2012

Margolis won re-election in the 2012 election for Florida State Senate District 35. Margolia ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012 and defeated John Daniel Couriel (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Florida State Senate, District 35, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGwen Margolis Incumbent 61.7% 103,109
     Republican John Daniel Couriel 38.3% 63,929
Total Votes 167,038

2010

See also: Florida State Senate elections, 2010

Margolis won election, defeating Corey Poitier (NPA) in the November 2 general election.[4]

Florida State Senate, District 35
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Gwen Margolis (D) 62,237 77.78%
Corey Poitier (NPA) 17,780 22.22%

Margolis defeated Kevin Burns in the August 24 primary by a margin of 11,619-6,257.

Florida State Senate, District 35 - Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Gwen Margolis 11,619
Kevin Burns 6,257

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Margolis is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Margolis raised a total of $1,050,845 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 24, 2013.[5]

Gwen Margolis's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Florida State Senate, District 35 Won $348,125
2010 Florida State Senate, District 35 Won $264,175
2006 Florida State Senate, District 35 Not up for election $7,000
2004 Florida State Senate, District 35 Won $146,134
2002 Florida State Senate, District 35 Won $285,411
Grand Total Raised $1,050,845

2012

Margolis won re-election to the Florida State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Margolis raised a total of $348,125.
Florida State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Gwen Margolis's campaign in 2012
Margolis, Gwen Liedman$160,000
Florida Democratic Party$23,401
Hospital Corp of America$4,000
Florida Hospital Association$3,000
Humana$3,000
Total Raised in 2012$348,125
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Margolis won election to the Florida State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Margolis raised a total of $264,175.

2006

Margolis was not up for election to the Florida State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Margolis raised a total of $7,000.

2004

Margolis won re-election to the Florida State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Margolis raised a total of $146,134.

2002

Margolis won election to the Florida State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Margolis raised a total of $285,411.

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the Florida State Legislature was in session from March 3 through May 5.[6]

Legislators are scored on their stances on "Economic Freedom issues."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills listed under the FCoC's "Florida's Business Agenda."[7]
Legislators are scored on their stances on "long term care issues."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to public safety and law enforcement officials.
Legislators are scored on their stances on marijuana.
Legislators are scored on a group of bills that LFN selects as a "cross-section of legislation."

2013

In 2013, the Florida State Legislature was in session from March 5 through May 3.[8]

Legislators are scored on their stances on civil liberty issues.
Legislators are scored on their stances on "Economic Freedom issues."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills listed under the FCoC's "Florida's Business Agenda."[9]
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to public safety and law enforcement officials.
Legislators are scored on their stance on fracking.

Personal

Margolis has four children.

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References

Political offices
Preceded by
Dan Gelber
Florida Senate District 35
2010–present
Succeeded by
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