Jake Rush

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Jake Rush
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Florida, District 3
Bachelor'sUniversity of Florida
J.D.Stetson Law School
(dead link) Campaign website
Jake Rush campaign logo
Jake Rush was a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 3rd Congressional District of Florida.[1][2] Rush was defeated in the primary election on August 26, 2014.[3]


Born and raised in Alachua County, Florida, Rush became high school class president and was appointed to West Point Military Academy by Congress. He earned his B.A. in classical studies from the University of Florida and went on to earn his J.D. from Stetson Law School.[4]

Professionally, Rush works as an attorney practicing constitutional law. Notably, he successfully defended Florida's Stand-your-ground law. He previously served as a Sheriff's Deputy.[4]


Campaign themes


Rush listed the following themes on his campaign website:[5]


Excerpt: "I am for a full repeal of Obamacare and a free market health care system."

Taxation of small businesses

Excerpt: "The red tape small businesses suffer crushes economic growth in our district. I would like to create a new designation that accurately reflects hometown businesses so they're removed from the same category as those with 500 employees."

Foreign policy

Excerpt: "America must maintain a proactive foreign policy and strong military, not turn to isolationism and hope as a strategy."


Excerpt: "I am completely opposed to any type of abortion funded by taxpayer money."


Excerpt: "I believe the answer to the illegal immigration is that we must enforce the current laws. Enforcement begins with securing our borders and observing our laws. The failure of the U.S. House to demand enforcement of the immigration system is hurting our economy and damaging the rule of law. However, for those that serve in our military, there should be an opportunity for citizenship. We must also reform our immigration laws to allow the United States economy to capture the productivity of foreign nationals that pursue advanced degrees at our Universities and wish to remain, rather than exporting this knowledge and labor."

Gun control

Excerpt: "As a former law enforcement officer I recognize the importance of the second amendment right to bear arms. This guarantee is fundamental to our individual freedom and must be protected. I am a proud gun owner and member of the NRA."


Excerpt: "We must simplify the tax code and lower the base income tax rates in order to stimulate job growth and our economy. I find it offensive that the IRS operates on 'guilty until proven innocent' and we know it's ripe for abuse."



See also: Florida's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

Rush ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Florida's 3rd District.[1] Rush was defeated in the primary election on August 26, 2014.[3]

U.S. House, Florida District 3 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTed Yoho Incumbent 79.4% 37,486
Jake Rush 20.6% 9,739
Total Votes 47,225
Source: Florida Division of Elections

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Rush's reports.[6]

Jake Rush (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[7]April 15, 2014$0$201,741$(44,483)$157,258
Running totals

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