William Bronson

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William Bronson
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Florida, District 17
Bachelor'sWhitworth College, 1961
Master'sSuffolk University, 1968
Date of birthAugust 16, 1939
Place of birthChicago, IL
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William Bronson was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 17th Congressional District of Florida. Bronson ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012.[1]


Bronson was born in Chicago in 1939.[2]


  • 1957:Morgan Park High School
  • 1957 - 1959: Carleton College, Minnesota
  • 1959 - 1961: Whitworth College, Spokane, B.A. Economics
  • 1966 - 1968: Suffolk University, Boston, M.A. Education
  • 1971 - 1975: Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, MTS
  • 2006 - 2008: Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Doctor of Ministry


  • 1961 - 1966: US Navy, Pensacola, Ltjg. Naval Aviator


  • 1966 - 1991: Northeast/Delta Airlines, pilot,


Campaign themes


Bronson's campaign website listed the following issues:[3]

  • Debt and Balanced Budget
Excerpt: "here has been a concerted effort by the power brokers in Washington and New York to convince the average voter that we are sinking in red ink. They do this to frighten us into legislation that cuts government programs and weaken government regulations that could affect their operations. The truth is that this country makes $15 trillion each year (GNP) and our debt of $15 trillion is large but not overwhelming."
  • The Environment
Excerpt: "Our precious planet is being raped by the greed of multi-national companies, especially in the developing world where governmental controls were bargained away by the World Bank and International Monetary Fund insisting on Friedmanite policies from the Chicago School of Economics"
  • Right to Life
Excerpt: "If you must have a label, call me moderate pro-life. I say that because I would never encourage abortion, but the final decision has to belong to the woman, herself. Existing laws are sufficient. The focus must be on preventing unwanted pregnancy, and the surest way, and least expensive I might add, is abstinence."
  • 2nd Amendment
Excerpt: "I believe all citizens, except felons and the mentally ill, have the right to bear arms. The 2nd amendment was written at a time when our country had just overcome occupation by England. The greatest violence against citizens has not been caused by legally armed citizens, but by governments like Germany, USSR, China, Cambodia and many others preying on their unarmed populations."



See also: Florida's 17th Congressional District elections, 2012

Bronson was defeated by Republican Thomas J. Rooney.[4] Bronson ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Florida's 17th District. Bronson won the nomination on the Democratic ticket. Candidates wishing to run were required to file by the signature filing deadline of June 8, 2012. The primary elections were held on August 14, 2012. Bronson ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012.[1]

U.S. House, Florida District 17 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngThomas J. Rooney Incumbent 58.6% 165,488
     Democratic William Bronson 41.4% 116,766
     Independent Tom Baumann 0% 12
Total Votes 282,266
Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Campaign donors


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

Bronson lost election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Bronson's campaign committee raised a total of $18,769 and spent $18,852.[5]


Bronson and his wife Christine have five adult children: Robin, Bill, Peter, Flor, Alex.[2]

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