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Denise Grimsley
Denise Grimsley.jpg
Florida State Senate, District 21
Incumbent
In office
November 20, 2012 - present
Term ends
November 15, 2016
Years in position 2
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$29,697/year
Per diem$129/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Florida House of Representatives, District 77
2004 - 2012
Education
Associate'sPolk Community College
Bachelor'sWarner Southern College
Master'sUniversity of Miami
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 21
Place of birthLakeland, Florida
ProfessionRegistered Nurse/Citrus Grower
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Denise Grimsley is a Republican member of the Florida State Senate, representing District 21. She was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Grimsley served in the Florida House of Representatives, representing District 77 from 2004 to 2012.

Biography

Grimsley's professional experience includes working as a citrus grower, registered nurse and Vice President/Chief Executive Officer of the Grimsley Oil Company Incorporated.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Florida Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture
Appropriations
Children, Families, and Elder Affairs
Environmental Preservation and Conservation
Health Policy
Collective Bargaining

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Grimsley served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Grimsley served on the following committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2008

Grimsley 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]

Grimsley's sponsored legislation includes:

  • HB 1097 - "Electronic Health Records: Expands access to patient's health records in order to facilitate exchange of data between certain health care facility personnel, practitioners, & providers & attending physicians; eliminates access to patient's health records by State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Council & local long-term care ombudsman councils; creates "Florida Electronic Health Records Exchange Act""
  • HB 7001 - "Review of Department of Citrus & Florida Citrus Commission under Florida Government Accountability Act: Reenacts provisions of law establishing Department of Citrus & Florida Citrus Commission; repeals Citrus Stabilization Act."
  • HB 7137 - "Water Management Districts: Readopts provision creating water management districts pursuant to Florida Government Accountability Act; revises membership provisions for water management & basin boards"

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

Elections

2012

See also: Florida State Senate elections, 2012

Grimsley won election in the 2012 election for Florida State Senate District 21. Grimsley ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012, and defeated Stacy Anderson McCland (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3]

Florida State Senate, District 21, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDenise Grimsley 57.4% 107,136
     Democratic Stacy Anderson McCland 42.6% 79,500
Total Votes 186,636

2010

See also: Florida House of Representatives elections, 2010

Grimsley ran for re-election to the 77th District seat in 2010. She did not have any opposition in the August 24 primary or in the general election, which took place on November 2, 2010.[4]

2008

See also: Florida House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Grimsley won re-election to the Florida House of Representatives from Florida's 77th District, defeating Elton Gissendanner (D). Grimsley received 34,737 votes in the election while Gissendanner received 17,372 votes.[5] Grimsley raised $239,541 for her campaign; Gissendanner raised $10,713.[6]

Florida House of Representatives, District 77
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Denise Grimsley (R) 34,737 66.7%
Elton Gissendanner (D) 17,372 33.3%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Grimsley is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Grimsley raised a total of $1,601,308 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 24, 2013.[7]

Denise Grimsley's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Florida State Senate, District 21 Won $785,497
2010 Florida State House, District 77 Won $123,303
2008 Florida State House, District 77 Won $239,541
2006 Florida State House, District 77 Won $223,646
2004 Florida State House, District 77 Won $229,321
Grand Total Raised $1,601,308

2012

Grimsley won election to the Florida State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Grimsley raised a total of $785,497.
Florida State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Denise Grimsley's campaign in 2012
Dentaland Pa$4,000
Florida Hospital Association$3,849
Humana$3,500
Florida Chamber of Commerce$3,117
Mbf Healthcare Partners$2,000
Total Raised in 2012$785,497
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Grimsley won re-election to the Florida House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Grimsley raised a total of $123,303.

2008

Grimsley won re-election to the Florida House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Grimsley raised a total of $239,541.

2006

Grimsley won re-election to the Florida House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Grimsley raised a total of $223,646.

2004

Grimsley won election to the Florida House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Grimsley raised a total of $229,321.

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the Florida State Legislature was in session from March 3 through May 5.[8]

Legislators are scored on their stances on "Economic Freedom issues."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills listed under the FCoC's "Florida's Business Agenda."[9]
Legislators are scored on their stances on "long term care issues."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to public safety and law enforcement officials.
Legislators are scored on their stances on marijuana.
Legislators are scored on a group of bills that LFN selects as a "cross-section of legislation."

2013

In 2013, the Florida State Legislature was in session from March 5 through May 3.[10]

Legislators are scored on their stances on civil liberty issues.
Legislators are scored on their stances on "Economic Freedom issues."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills listed under the FCoC's "Florida's Business Agenda."[11]
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to public safety and law enforcement officials.
Legislators are scored on their stance on fracking.

Personal

Grimsley has been Chair of the Convenience Store Association Board and the Florida Petroleum Marketers Board; and a member of the Florida Cattleman's Association, Florida Hospital Foundation, Highlands County Citrus Growers Association, Highlands County Livestock Advisory Committee, Lake Placid Morning Rotary Club, Leadership Florida, Peace Valley Citrus Growers Association and Rebuilding Together Highlands County.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Michael Bennett (R)
Florida State Senate District 21
2012–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Florida House of Representatives District 77
2004–2012
Succeeded by
Dane Eagle (R)