Ari Abraham Porth

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Ari Abraham Porth
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Florida House of Representatives District 96
Former member
In office
2004 - 2012
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sNortheastern University (1991)
J.D.Nova Southeastern University (1995)
Date of birthSeptember 25, 1970
Place of birthWashington, D.C.
Ari Abraham Porth is a former Democratic member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing District 96 from 2004 to 2012. He served as Democratic Whip from 2004 to 2006.


Porth's professional experience includes working as Assistant State Attorney in Broward County and Legislative Aide to United States Senator Bob Graham from 1991 to 1992.

He is a member of the Anti-Defamation League, Chair of the Law Related Education Committee - Broward County Bar Association of the Broward Young Democrats and a founding Board Member of the Children's Home Society.[1]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Porth served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Porth served on these committees:


Porth 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.[2]

Porth's sponsored legislation includes:

  • HB 45 - "Traffic Infractions: Provides surcharge on noncriminal moving traffic violations; provides for proceeds from such surcharge to be used to fund cost of civil traffic infraction hearing officers."
  • HB 139 - "Driving Restrictions: Revises age restrictions on issuance of driver's licenses by DHSMV; prohibits issuance of driver's license to person under certain age unless driver education requirements are met; prohibits person under certain age from operating motor vehicle with more than one passenger & from operating motor vehicle during certain times"
  • HB 889 - "Highway Safety: Creates "Deputy Michael Callin, Michael Haligowski, & Deputy Ryan C. Seguin Memorial Traffic Safety Act;" requires motor vehicle being driven by person whose driver license or driving privilege is canceled, suspended, revoked, or disqualified to be impounded or immobilized; provides for notice to driver, owners, insurers, & lienholders; provides for payment of costs and fees, release of motor vehicle, & sale of unclaimed motor vehicle"

For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.



See also: Florida House of Representatives elections, 2012

Porth did not run for re-election in 2012.[3]


See also: Florida House of Representatives elections, 2010

Porth ran for re-election to the 96th District seat in 2010. He did not have any opposition in the August 24 primary. Porth defeated Jason Weakley (Tea party) in the general election held November 2, 2010.[4]

Florida House of Representatives, District 96
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Ari Abraham Porth (D) 24,472 71.3%
Jason Weakley (TEA) 9,867 28.7%


In 2008, Porth won re-election to the Florida House of Representatives from Florida's 96th District. Porth ran unopposed in the election. He raised $50,176 for his campaign.[5]

Campaign donors


In 2010, Porth raised $66,777 in contributions.[6]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Ruden Mcclosky $2,500
Hospital Corp Of America $2,000
Florida Hospital Association $2,000
Florida Association Of Realtors $2,000


Below are Porth's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[7]

Contributor 2008 total
Hospital Corporation of America $2,000
Ruden McCloskey $1,000
Real Property Probate & Trust Law Section of the FL Bar Assoc $1,000
Anheuser-Busch $500
White Rock Quarries $500

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Preceded by
Florida House of Representatives District 96
Succeeded by
Jim Waldman (D)