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Joseph Abruzzo

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Joseph Abruzzo
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Florida State Senate, District 25
Incumbent
In office
November 20, 2012 - present
Term ends
November 15, 2016
Years in position 2
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$29,687/year
Per diem$131/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 85
2008 - 2012
Education
Bachelor'sLynn University, 2003
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Coast Guard
Years of service2005 - present
CitationsNational Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, United States Coast Guard Good Conduct Medal
Personal
BirthdayAugust 14, 1980
ProfessionBusinessman
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Joseph Abruzzo (b. August 14, 1980) is a Democratic member of the Florida State Senate, representing District 25 since 2012.

Abruzzo served in the Florida House of Representatives, representing District 85 from 2008 to 2012.

Biography

Abruzzo's professional experience includes working as a Port Security Specialist with the Department of Homeland Security, United States Coast Guard; Southern Regional Director of Marketing for Cataldo Interiors Group and Vice President of New Business Development for Gateway Marketing International.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Florida Committee Assignments, 2013
Commerce and Tourism, Vice-chair
Environmental Preservation and Conservation, Vice-chair
Communications, Energy, and Public Utilities
Military and Veterans Affairs, Space, and Domestic Security
Legislative Auditing

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Abruzzo served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Abruzzo served on these committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2008

Abruzzo did not provide answers to the Florida State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test. The test informs voters how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.[2]

Abruzzo's sponsored legislation includes:

  • HB 167 - "Energy-efficient Appliance Rebate Program: Authorizes Florida Energy & Climate Commission to develop & administer consumer rebate program for specified energy-efficient appliances"
  • HB 169 - "Equine Activities: Cites act as "Nicole's Law;" requires child younger than specified age to wear helmet when riding equine in certain locations; provides requirements for helmets"
  • HB 697 - "Retirement: Provides legislative intent; provides statement of important state interest; revises provisions relating to benefits payable for total & permanent disability for certain Special Risk Class members of FRS who are injured in line of duty"

For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.

Elections

2012

See also: Florida State Senate elections, 2012

Abruzzo won election in the 2012 election for Florida State Senate District 25. Abruzzo ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012, and defeated Melanie Peterson (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Florida State Senate, District 25, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph Abruzzo 57.1% 124,675
     Republican Melanie Peterson 42.9% 93,549
Total Votes 218,224

2010

See also: Florida House of Representatives elections, 2010

Abruzzo ran for re-election to the 85th District seat in 2010. He did not have any opposition in the August 24 primary. Abruzzo defeated Tami Donnally (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[5]

Florida House of Representatives, District 85
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent


Green check mark transparent.png Joseph Abruzzo (D) 26,950 52.54%
Tami Donnally (R) 24,349 47.46%

2008

See also: Florida House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Abruzzo won election to the Florida House of Representatives from Florida's 85th District, defeating Howard Coates, Jr. (R). Abruzzo received 42,814 votes in the election while Coates received 32,047 votes.[6] Abruzzo raised $320,378 for his campaign; Coates raised $96,075.[7]

Florida House of Representatives, District 85
Candidates Votes Percent


Green check mark transparent.png Joseph Abruzzo (D) 42,814 57.2%
Howard Coates, Jr. (R) 32,047 42.8%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Abruzzo is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Abruzzo raised a total of $914,087 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 24, 2013.[8]

Joseph Abruzzo's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Florida State Senate, District 25 Won $262,274
2010 Florida State House, District 85 Won $223,170
2008 Florida State House, District 85 Won $320,378
2006 Florida State House, District 86 Defeated $108,265
Grand Total Raised $914,087

2012

Abruzzo won election to the Florida State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Abruzzo raised a total of $262,274.

2010

Abruzzo won re-election to the Florida House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Abruzzo raised a total of $223,170.

2008

Abruzzo won election to the Florida House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Abruzzo raised a total of $320,378.

2006

Abruzzo lost the election for the Florida House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Abruzzo raised a total of $108,265.

Personal

Abruzzo has been a member of the Democratic Club of Greater Boynton, Lake Worth West Democratic Club, Lynn University Alumni Association, Mid County Democratic Club, Trustee with the Palms West Chamber of Commerce of the United South County Democratic Club, and Voters' Coalition.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ellyn Bogdanoff (R)
Florida State Senate District 25
2012–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Florida House of Representatives District 85
2008–2012
Succeeded by
Patrick J. Rooney, Jr. (R)