Brad Drake

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Brad Drake
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Florida House of Representatives, District 5
In office
2008-2012, November 18, 2014 - Present
Term ends
November 14, 2016
Years in position (current service)1
Years in position (previous service)4
Base salary$29,697/year
Per diem$129/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
Prior offices
Florida House of Representatives
District 5
2008 - 2012
Bachelor'sUniversity of Florida (2000)
Date of birthFebruary 7, 1975
Place of birthFort Walton Beach, Florida
ProfessionMarketing Executive
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Brad Drake was a Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives representing District 5. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014 and previously served a term in the same seat from 2008 to 2012.


Drake's professional experience includes working as a legal assistant to the Florida House of Representatives from 2001-2007, for Infinite Energy Incorporated, President/Owner of the Southern Marketing Company and an educator with Walton County Schools.

He is the former Chair of the Crimestoppers of Walton County, and is a member of the First Baptist Church of DeFuniak Springs, Hearts of Hope Ministries Incorporated, Kiwanis Club of DeFuniak Springs, National Rifle Association, and the Walton County Taxpayers Association.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Drake served on the following committees:

Florida Committee Assignments, 2015
State Affairs


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


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


Drake 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]

Drake's sponsored legislation includes:

  • HB 533 - "Public Education: Authorizes district school boards to permit delivery of inspirational message at noncompulsory high school event."
  • HB 535 - "Mental Illness: Requires law enforcement agency that transports persons to receiving facility to have memorandum of understanding with facility; requires that custody of person who is transported to receiving or treatment facility be relinquished to responsible person at facility; specifies that psychiatric examination by certain personnel be conducted face to face, in person."
  • HB 1003 - "Sale and Delivery of Firearms: Deletes future repeal of provisions governing sale & delivery of firearms; requires review of provisions before limit on FDLE fee for processing criminal history check on purchasers may be increased."

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



See also: Florida House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Florida House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 26, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 20, 2014. Brad Drake defeated Jan Hooks in the Republican primary and defeated Karen Schoen (L) in the general election.[3][4] Travis W. Pitts (D) withdrew before the primary.[5]

Florida House of Representatives, District 5 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBrad Drake 76.4% 38,342
     Libertarian Karen Schoen 23.6% 11,813
Total Votes 50,155
Florida House of Representatives, District 5 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBrad Drake 72.5% 9,802
Jan Hooks 27.5% 3,720
Total Votes 13,522


See also: Florida House of Representatives elections, 2012

Drake did not run for re-election in 2012.[6]


See also: Florida House of Representatives elections, 2010

Drake won re-election to the 5th District seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the August 24th primary election or the general election, which took place on November 2nd.[7]


On November 4, 2008, Drake won election to the Florida House of Representatives from Florida's 5th District, defeating John McDaniel (D). Drake received 40,449 votes in the election while McDaniel received 27,412 votes.[8] Drake raised $300,618 for his campaign; McDaniel raised $121,532.[9]

Florida House of Representatives, District 5
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Brad Drake (R) 40,449 59.6%
John McDaniel (D) 27,412 40.4%

Campaign donors


In 2010, Drake raised $42,492 in campaign contributions. The largest contributors are listed below:[10]


Below are Drake's top five campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[11]

Contributor 2008 total
FL Republican Party $28,985
Hospital Corporation of America $3,000
FL Institute of CPAs $2,500
FL Chamber of Commerce $2,500
AT&T $2,500


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Political offices
Preceded by
Marti Coley (R)
Florida House of Representatives District 5
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Florida House of Representatives District 5
Succeeded by
Marti Coley (R)