Keith Fitzgerald

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Keith Fitzgerald
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Florida, District 16
Prior offices
Florida House of Representatives District 69
Campaign website
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Keith Fitzgerald was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 16th Congressional District of Florida. Fitzgerald ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012.[1] Fitzgerald served in the Florida House of Representatives, representing District 69 from 2006 to 2010.


Fitzgerald is a member of the Advisory Council of Faculty Senates, American Political Science Association, on the Board of Trustees of New College of Florida and Board Member on the Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness.[2]

Committee assignments



Fitzgerald's sponsored legislation includes:

  • HB 265 - "Education in Public Schools Concerning Human Sexuality: Creates "Florida Healthy Teens Act;" requires public schools that provide certain information or programs to students concerning human sexuality to provide information that meets specified criteria"
  • HB 981 - "Annuity Contracts for Seniors: Revises consumer protection requirement relating to designation of beneficiaries of life insurance policy; provides additional ground for taking adverse action against license or appointment of specified persons"
  • HB 1317 - "Renewable Energy: Establishes "Florida Renewable Energy Freedom Act;" requires electric utilities to provide producers of renewable energy with interconnection & metering services"

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

Campaign themes


Fitzgerald's major campaign themes included:

  • Jobs
  • Financial Reform
  • Iran
  • Real Governmental Reform
  • Social Security and Medicare
  • Taxes



See also: Florida's 16th Congressional District elections, 2012

Fitzgerald was defeated by incumbent Vern Buchanan.[3] Fitzgerald ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Florida's 16th District. Fitzgerald won the nomination on the Democratic ticket. The signature filing deadline was June 8, 2012, with the primary taking place on August 14, 2012. Incumbent Vern Buchanan sought re-election on the Republican ticket. Fitzgerald ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012.[1]

U.S. House, Florida District 16 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngVern Buchanan Incumbent 53.6% 187,147
     Democratic Keith Fitzgerald 46.4% 161,929
Total Votes 349,076
Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


See also: Florida House of Representatives elections, 2010

Fitzgerald ran for re-election to the 20th District seat in 2010. He did not have any opposition in the August 24 primary. Fitzgerald lost to Ray Pilon (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[4]

Florida House of Representatives, District 69
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Ray Pilon (R) 23,596 51.51%
Keith Fitzgerald (D) 22,216 48.49%


On November 4, 2008, Fitzgerald won re-election to the Florida House of Representatives from Florida's 69th District, defeating Laura Benson (R) and Horacio Lemus, IV (G). Fitzgerald received 33,384 votes in the election while Benson received 30,592 votes, and Lemus received 1,189 votes.[5] Fitzgerald raised $305,562 for his campaign; Benson raised $200,082, and Lemus raised $2,010.[6]

Florida House of Representatives, District 69
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Keith Fitzgerald (D) 33,384 51.2%
Laura Benson (R) 30,592 46.9%
Horacio Lemus, IV (G) 1,189 1.8%

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Drummond's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Drummond lost election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Drummond's campaign committee raised a total of $1,447,611 and spent $1,447,611.[7]

On October 15, 2012, quarterly reports were submitted by campaigns to the Federal Election Commission. The political blog Daily Kos did an analysis of the fundraising figures and found Democratic challenger Keith Fitzgerald outraised Republican incumbent Vern Buchanan in the third quarter. Fitzgerald raised $468,000 to Buchanan's $227,000.[8]


Below are Fitzgerald's top five campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[9]

Contributor 2008 total
FL Democratic Party $92,290
Hospital Corporation of America $4,000
FL Cable Telecommunications Assoc $2,000
FL Hospital Assoc $2,000
FL Chamber of Commerce $2,000

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Political offices
Preceded by
Florida House of Representatives District 69
Succeeded by
Ray Pilon