Lizbeth Benacquisto

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Lizbeth Benacquisto
Lizbeth Benacquisto.jpg
Current candidacy
Running for U.S. House, Florida, District 19
General electionJune 24, 2014
Current office
Florida State Senate, District 30
In office
2010 - present
Term ends
November 17, 2014
Years in position 4
Base salary$29,687/year
Per diem$131/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next primaryAugust 26, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits 2 terms (8 years)
Prior offices
Wellington City Council
Bachelor'sPalm Beach Atlantic University
Office website
Campaign website
Lizbeth Benacquisto is a Republican member of the Florida State Senate, representing District 30. She was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Benacquisto is a 2014 Republican special election candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 19th Congressional District of Florida.[1][2][3][4]

Benacquisto served on the Wellington City Council from 2002 to 2010.


Benacquisto attended the University of Florida and Penn State University, and graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University. Her professional experience includes working as a realtor.

Committee assignments


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

Florida Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations, Vice-chair
Banking and Insurance
Ethics and Elections
Governmental Oversight and Accountability
Collective Bargaining


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


Campaign themes


Benacquisto's website highlighted the following campaign themes.[5]

  • Fiscal Responsibility
Excerpt: "I have always been a strong fiscal conservative. In Tallahassee I’ll work to see that we use the same Wellington thought process in spending state dollars.”
  • Education
  • Volunteerism
Excerpt: “Good government isn’t about spending money, it’s about using the resources we have."
  • The Environment
Excerpt: "She has a fundamental and unwavering commitment to a healthy environment, to preserving scarce wetlands and restoring critical habitat. Her intricate involvement in Everglades and groundwater protections will serve the citizens of District 27 well in the Florida Senate."
  • Recreational Opportunities



See also: Florida's 19th Congressional District special election, 2014

Benacquisto is a candidate in the 2014 special election for the U.S. House to represent Florida's 19th District.[1] Benacquisto is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary on April 22, 2014. The general election takes place on June 24, 2014.[6]


See also: Florida State Senate elections, 2012

Benacquisto won re-election in the 2012 election for Florida State Senate District 30. Benacquisto ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012, and defeated Debbie Jordan (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[7][8]

Florida State Senate, District 30, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLizbeth Benacquisto Incumbent 62.3% 123,794
     Democratic Debbie Jordan 37.7% 74,871
Total Votes 198,665


See also: Florida State Senate elections, 2010

Benacquisto won election, defeating Kevin Rader (D) in the November 2 general election.[9]

Florida State Senate, District 27
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent

Green check mark transparent.png Lizbeth Benacquisto (R) 79,750 54.12%
Kevin J.G. Rader (D) 67,621 45.88%

Benacquisto defeated Mike Lameyer and Sharon J. Merchant in the August 24 primary.

Florida State Senate, District 27 - Republican primary (2010)
Candidates Votes

Green check mark transparent.png Lizbeth Benacquisto 12,217
Sharon J. Merchant 11,307
Mike Lameyer 7,706

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Benacquisto is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Benacquisto raised a total of $1,348,054 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 24, 2013.[10]

Lizbeth Benacquisto's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Florida State Senate, District 30 Won $729,246
2010 Florida State Senate, District 27 Won $618,808
Grand Total Raised $1,348,054


Benacquisto won re-election to the Florida State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Benacquisto raised a total of $729,246.


Benacquisto won election to the Florida State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Benacquisto raised a total of $618,808.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Maria Sachs (D)
Florida Senate District 30
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Dave Aronberg
Florida Senate District 27
Succeeded by
Jeff Clemens