Larry Ahern

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Larry Ahern
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Florida House of Representatives, District 66
Incumbent
In office
2010 - present
Term ends
November 14, 2016
Years in position 4
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$29,697/year
Per diem$129/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Years of service1973-1977
Personal
BirthdayApril 26, 1955
Place of birthDetroit, Michigan
ProfessionSmall Business Owner
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Larry Ahern (b. April 26, 1955) is a Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing District 66. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Biography

Ahern's professional experience includes owning Larry Ahern Pool Remodeling and Tyrone Discount Pool Supplies. He served in the U.S. Air Force for four years.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Florida Committee Assignments, 2013
Health & Human Services, Vice-chair

2011-2012

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

Issues

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Larry Ahern endorsed Herman Cain in the 2012 presidential election. [1]

Campaign themes

2014

Ahern's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

Creating Jobs

  • Excerpt: "Government does not create jobs – but it can create a stable economic climate. Florida must encourage its business owners and entrepreneurs by keeping taxes low, maintaining fiscal discipline and providing a diversified workforce – not relying on so-called stimulus funds."

Limiting Size and Scope of Government

  • Excerpt: "We must return to limited government by reducing its size and embracing fiscal responsibility. We must prioritize spending and make sure we focus on government’s core missions: schools, public safety, transportation and those most vulnerable in our state."

Helping Students Succeed

  • Excerpt: "Too often, bureaucracy in the education system robs both the educator and the student from accomplishing their goals. The state must focus its spending on things that will produce the best results in the classroom and be accountable for those results."

Freedoms and Values

  • Excerpt: "Larry believes in the values and principles that bring honor and integrity to public office. He believes God gives all people, including the unborn, their individual rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

Energy Independence

  • Excerpt: "Larry is against any cap-and-trade program, which only taxes businesses and individuals and does little to improve the environment."

Elections

2014

See also: Florida House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Florida House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 26, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 20, 2014. Lorena Grizzle was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Larry Ahern was unopposed in the Republican primary. Ahern defeated Grizzle in the general election.[3]

2012

See also: Florida House of Representatives elections, 2012

Ahern won election in the 2012 election for Florida House of Representatives District 66. Ahern ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012, and defeated Mary Louise Ambrose (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4]

Florida House of Representatives, District 66, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLarry Ahern Incumbent 53.1% 40,764
     Democratic Mary Louise Ambrose 46.9% 35,951
Total Votes 76,715

2010

See also: Florida House of Representatives elections, 2010

Ahern did not have any opposition in the August 24 primary. He defeated incumbent Janet Long (D) and Victoria Torres (TEA) in the November 2 general election.[5]

Florida House of Representatives, District 51
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Larry Ahern (R) 22,706 50.32%
Janet Long (D) 19,922 44.15%
Victoria A. Torres (Tea) 2,499 5.54%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Ahern is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Ahern raised a total of $452,693 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 29, 2013.[6]

Larry Ahern's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Florida State House, District 66 Won $321,583
2010 Florida State House, District 51 Won $131,110
Grand Total Raised $452,693

2012

Ahern won re-election to the Florida House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Ahern raised a total of $321,583.
Florida House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Larry Ahern's campaign in 2012
Florida Republican Party$121,184
Hospital Corp of America$3,000
Humana$2,000
Ahern, Larry$2,000
Bright House Networks$2,000
Total Raised in 2012$321,583
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Ahern won election to the Florida House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Ahern raised a total of $131,110.

Endorsements

2014

In 2014, Ahern's endorsements include the following:[7]

  • Associated Builders and Contractors
  • Associated Industries of Florida
  • Florida Chamber of Commerce
  • Florida Medical Association
  • Florida Retail Federation
  • National Federation of Independent Business
  • NRA-PVF “A” Rating
  • Tampa Tribune

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the Florida State Legislature was in session from March 3 through May 5.[8]

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 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.[10]

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."[11]
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

Ahern and his wife, Maureen, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ben Albritton (R)
Florida House District 66
2012–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Janet Long
Florida House District 51
2010–2012
Succeeded by
Steve Crisafulli (R)