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Jeff Clemens

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Jeff Clemens
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Florida State Senate, District 27
Incumbent
In office
November 20, 2012
Term ends
November 15, 2016
Years in position 2
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$29,697/year
Per diem$129/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Florida House Of Representatives District 89
2010-2012
Education
Bachelor'sMichigan State University
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 8, 1970
Place of birthDetroit, Michigan
ProfessionEnergy Contracting
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Jeff Clemens (b. September 8, 1970) is a Democratic member of the Florida State Senate, representing District 27. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Clemens served in the Florida House of Representatives, representing District 89 from 2010 to 2012. He served as mayor of Lake Worth from 2007 to 2009 and chairman of the Lake Worth Community Redevelopment Agency from 2004 to 2006.

Biography

Clemens earned his B.A. in Journalism from Michigan State University in 1992. His professional experience includes working as an energy contractor, and in journalism and public relations.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Florida Committee Assignments, 2013
Banking and Insurance, Vice-chair
Children, Families, and Elder Affairs
Ethics and Elections
Gaming
Transportation

2011-2012

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

Elections

2012

See also: Florida State Senate elections, 2012

Clemens won election in the 2012 election for Florida State Senate District 27. Clemens defeated Mack Bernard in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012, and defeated Travis Genard Harris (I) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2]

Florida State Senate, District 27, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Clemens 99.9% 127,365
     Independent Travis Genard Harris 0.1% 105
Total Votes 127,470
Florida State Senate, District 27 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Clemens 50% 12,157
Mack Bernard 50% 12,140
Total Votes 24,297

2010

See also: Florida House of Representatives elections, 2010

Clemens defeated Steven Rosenblum (R) in the November 2 general election.[3]

Florida House of Representatives, District 89
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Jeff Clemens (D) 14,645 60.48%
Steven Rosenblum (R) 9,568 39.52%

Clemens defeated Peter Brandenburg in the August 24 primary.[4]

Florida House of Representatives, District 89 - Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Jeff Clemens 2,628 59.95%
Pete Brandenburg 1,756 40.05%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Clemens is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Clemens raised a total of $239,541 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 24, 2013.[5]

Jeff Clemens's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Florida State Senate, District 27 Won $175,993
2010 Florida State House, District 89 Won $63,548
Grand Total Raised $239,541

2012

Clemens won election to the Florida State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Clemens raised a total of $175,993.
Florida State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jeff Clemens's campaign in 2012
Clemens, Jeff$23,100
Florida Democratic Party$10,000
Florida Hospital Association$2,500
Hospital Corp of America$2,000
Humana$2,000
Total Raised in 2012$175,993
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Clemens won election to the Florida House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Clemens raised a total of $63,548.

Personal

Clemens is divorced.

Controversies

Primary election lawsuit

Incumbent Mack Bernard filed a lawsuit in Florida's 1st District Court of Appeal challenging his narrow August 2012 Democratic primary election defeat for his Florida State Senate District 27 seat.[6]

Bernard’s suit alleged that at least 40 absentee ballots and nine provisional ballots cast for him were improperly thrown out by the Palm Beach County supervisor of elections.[6] The absentee ballots were discarded because of alleged discrepancies between the signatures found on the ballots and those found in voter registration records. If counted, Bernard would have won the primary.[6]

Both the circuit and appeals courts found in favor of Clemens.[7]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Lizbeth Benacquisto (R)
Florida State Senate District 27
2012–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Mary Brandenburg
Florida House Of Representatives District 89
2010–2012
Succeeded by
Bill Hager (R)