|Florida House of Representatives District 79|
|November 2008 - November 16, 2012|
|Per diem||$133/per day|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 4, 2008|
|Term limits||4 terms (8 years)|
|Bachelor's||University of Florida (1989)|
|Master's||University of Central Florida (1995)|
|Service/branch||United States Army Florida National Guard|
|Years of service||1992 - 1996|
|Birthday||January 8, 1968|
|Place of birth||Jacksonville, Florida|
|Profession||Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce|
Horner served in the United States Army Florida National Guard from 1992-1996.
He is a member of the Community Health Improvement Council Board, Community Vision Board, Good Samaritan Retirement Village Board, National Rifle Association, Osceola County Republican Executive Committee, and Osceola Regional Medical Center Board.
Horner ended his 2012 re-election campaign on Septemebr 24, 2012 after he was named as a client in a prostitution and racketeering case. He was not charged or arrested in the case nor is he a target of the investigation. Horner was named on a client list in a case brought by the Orange-Osceola State Attorney's Office against Mark Risner, who is accused of running a brothel out of a home.
Horner 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.
Horner's sponsored legislation includes:
- HB 763 - "Driver License Services: Revises fee charged for driver license transactions administered by county tax collectors; provides for fee to be adjusted in relation to change in Consumer Price Index"
- HB 999 - "Educational Choice: Establishes Class Size Grant Program to provide option to attend public school other than the one to which student is assigned, or to provide class size grant to private school of choice, for students assigned to classrooms that exceed constitutional class size limits"
- HB 1437 - "Greyhound Racing Permitholders: Revises definition of "full schedule of live racing or games" as it refers to greyhound permitholders under Florida Pari-mutuel Wagering Act; provides for application to simulcast or intertrack wagering, slot machine gaming, & cardroom operations"
For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Horner served on these committees:
- Joint Legislative Budget
- Subcommittee on Health and Human Services Access
- Subcommittee on Transportation and Economic Development Appropriations, Chair
- Subcommittee on Transportation and Highway Safety
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Horner served on these committees:
- Economic Development & Community Affairs Policy Council
- Energy & Utilities Policy Committee
- Health Care Regulation Policy Committee
- Roads, Bridges & Ports Policy Committee
- Transportation & Economic Development Appropriations Committee (Vice Chair)
Horner ran in the 2012 election for Florida House of Representatives District 42. Horner ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012 and would have been challenged by Eileen Game (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
Horner ended his re-election campaign on Septemebr 24, 2012 after he was named as a client in a prostitution and racketeering case. He was not charged or arrested in the case nor is he a target of the investigation. Horner was named on a client list in a case brought by the Orange-Osceola State Attorney's Office against Mark Risner, who is accused of running a brothel out of a home.
In a statement withdrawing from the race Horner said, "I deeply regret decisions I made that are causing my family unjustifiable pain and embarrassment. While current press accounts from this morning are erroneous, my family still deserves better from me, as do all my friends, supporters and constituents. So today I am announcing I will no longer seek re-election to the Florida House."
Horner ran for re-election to the 79th District seat in 2010. Horner defeated Eddie Freeman (D), Jose A. Alvarez (Tea Party), and Danny Davis (write-in) in the general election which took place on November 2, 2010.
| Florida House of Representatives, District 79 |
2010 General election results
|Mike Horner (R)||24,414||60.84%|
|Eddie Freeman (D)||13,222||32.95%|
|José Alvarez (Tea)||2,491||6.21%|
|Danny Davis (Write-in)||1||0%|
Horner defeated Thomas E. Chalifoux, Jr. in the August 24 primary.
|Florida House of Representatives, District 79 - Republican Primary (2010)|
|Thomas Chalifoux, Jr.||2,099||21.66%|
On November 4, 2008, Horner won election to the Florida House of Representatives from Florida's 79th District, defeating Ray Worley (D) and Dion Atchison (write-in). Horner received 34,388 votes in the election while Worley received 30,349 votes, and Atchison received 4 votes. Horner raised $232,905 for his campaign; Worley raised $25,458.
|Florida House of Representatives, District 79|
|Mike Horner (R)||34,388||53.1%|
|Ray Worley (D)||30,349||46.9%|
|Dion Atchison (write-in)||4||0.0%|
In 2010, Horner raised $442,731 in contributions.
His five largest contributors were:
|Florida Republican Party||$44,279|
|Florida Chamber Of Commerce||$4,000|
|Hospital Corp Of America||$4,000|
|Florida Cable Telecommunications Association||$3,000|
|Florida Institute Of CPAs||$3,000|
Below are Horner's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:
|FL Institute of CPAs||$4,500|
|Hospital Corporation of America||$3,000|
|FL Hospital Assoc||$2,500|
|FL Chamber of Commerce||$2,300|
- Mike Horner's personal website
- Florida House of Representatives - Rep. Mike Horner
- Legislative Profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008
- Mike Horner on Facebook
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Murzin Biography
- Orlando Sentinel, "State Rep. Mike Horner ends campaign after being named in racketeering, prostitution case" accessed September 25, 2012
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Horner Issue Positions
- Florida Secretary of State Election Division, "Candidate List," accessed September 25, 2012
- Tampa Bay Times, "Florida Rep. Mike Horner resigns amid prostitution ring investigation" accessed September 26, 2012
- Florida Election Watch - 2010 Election results
- Florida Election Watch, "August 24, 2010, State Representative primary results," August 24, 2010
- Florida Department of Elections, "Florida House Official Election Results," November 4, 2008
- District 79 Florida House candidate funds, 2008
- Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
- Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign contributions
|Florida House of Representatives District 79
| Succeeded by|
Matt Caldwell (R)
State of Florida
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