Tom Lee

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Tom Lee
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Florida State Senate, District 24
In office
November 20, 2012 - present
Term ends
November 17, 2014
Years in position 2
Base salary$29,697/year
Per diem$129/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Tampa
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Campaign website
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Tom Lee is a Republican member of the Florida State Senate, representing District 24. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.[1]


Lee attended Hillsborough Community College and the University of Tampa. His professional experience includes working at Sabal Homes, his family’s construction business.[2]

Committee assignments


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

Florida Committee Assignments, 2013
Judiciary, Chair
Banking and Insurance
Ethics and Elections



See also: Florida State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Florida State Senate will consist of a primary election on August 26, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 20, 2014. Incumbent Tom Lee is unopposed in the Republican primary. Brandon R. Thebeau and Steven P. Warren are running as Independents.[3]


See also: Florida State Senate elections, 2012

Lee won election in the 2012 election for Florida State Senate District 24. Lee defeated Rachel Burgin in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012, and defeated Elizabeth Belcher (D) and Randolph Link (I) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[1]

Florida State Senate, District 24, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTom Lee 54% 104,843
     Democratic Elizabeth Belcher 46% 89,195
     Independent Randolph Link 0% 3
Total Votes 194,041
Florida State Senate, District 24 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTom Lee 59.3% 14,996
Rachel V. Burgin 40.7% 10,308
Total Votes 25,304

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Lee is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Lee raised a total of $4,878,650 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 24, 2013.[4]

Tom Lee's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Florida State Senate, District 24 Won $530,671
2006 Florida Chief Financial Officer Defeated $4,138,420
2004 Florida State Senate, District 10 Not up for election $0
2002 Florida State Senate, District 10 Won $45,656
2000 Florida State Senate, District 23 Won $163,903
Grand Total Raised $4,878,650


Lee won election to the Florida State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Lee raised a total of $530,671.
Florida State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Tom Lee's campaign in 2012
Hungry Howies$1,000
Florida Republican Party$6,275
Florida Association of Realtors$5,000
Florida Society of Anesthesiologists$4,000
Hospital Corp of America$4,000
Total Raised in 2012$530,671
Source:Follow the Money


Lee lost the election for the Florida Chief Financial Officer in 2006. During that election cycle, Lee raised a total of $4,138,420.


Lee won re-election to the Florida State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Lee raised a total of $45,656.


Lee won election to the Florida State Senate in 2000. During that election cycle, Lee raised a total of $163,903.



In 2012, Lee's endorsements included:[5]


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In 2014, the Florida State Legislature was in session from March 3 through May 5.[6]


In 2013, the Florida State Legislature was in session from March 5 through May 3.[7]


Ethics complaints

Two Carrollwood residents filed an ethics complaint on August 8, 2012, alleging that Lee omitted assets from his personal financial disclosure form.[8] Lee countered that the complaint was wrong, insisting that he reported all his assets properly on the form and that the complaint appeared to be "retaliation" against him by supporters of his election opponent.[8] In July 2012, a Valrico lawyer accused Lee's competitor, Rachel Burgin, of directing donations to a political committee responsible for an attack mailer aimed at Lee.[9] Burgin denied the allegations.[9]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Thad Altman (R)
Florida State Senate District 24
Succeeded by