Ellyn Bogdanoff

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Ellyn Bogdanoff
Ellyn Bogdanoff.jpg
Former candidate for
Florida State Senate, District 34
Base salary$29,697/year
Per diem$133/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Florida State Senate, District 25
Florida House of Representatives
Bachelor'sUniversity of Florida (1980)
J.D.Nova Southeastern University (2003)
Date of birthOctober 17, 1959
Campaign website
Ellyn Setnor Bogdanoff (b. October 17, 1959) was a 2014 Republican candidate for District 6 of the Florida State Senate.

Bogdanoff previously served in the Florida State Senate, representing District 25 from 2010 to 2012 and in the Florida House of Representatives, representing District 91 from January 2004-2010. She served on the City of Fort Lauderdale Education Advisory Committee from 1997-2000.[1]


Bogdanoff's professional experience includes working an attorney and consultant.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Bogdanoff was appointed to these committees:


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


Bogdanoff's sponsored legislation in the House included:

  • HB 251 - "Beverage Law: Authorizes certain direct shipment of wine; requires licensure of winery shippers; provides requirements for licensure; provides prohibitions"
  • HB 1157 - "Property Insurance: Expands uses of moneys in Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund to include Florida Hurricane Protection Program costs; revises provisions with respect to issuance & use of revenue bonds & emergency assessments"
  • HB 7159 - "Tax on Sales, Use, and Other Transactions: Repeals exemptions for memberships to physical fitness facilities owned or operated by licensed hospital, for specified rentals within premises of theater, for rental, lease, sublease, or license for use of skyboxes & luxury boxes, for ostrich feed, for newspapers, magazines, & newsletter subscriptions delivered by mail, for repair & maintenance labor charges for qualified aircraft, & for sales or leases of qualified aircraft"

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

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Ellyn Bogdanoff endorsed Jon Huntsman in the 2012 presidential election. [2]

Campaign themes


Bogdanoff's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]

Working to Improve our Education System

  • Excerpt: "We must do a better job of attracting the best and brightest teachers and principals to our schools, and we must reward both innovation and excellence."

Revitalizing Florida’s Economy

  • Excerpt: "My priority is keeping taxes low and getting rid of unnecessary burdensome regulations. These strategies are key to maintaining an environment that fosters job creation."

Protecting Our Natural Resources

  • Excerpt: " I will continue to promote policies that recognize the fragile nature of Florida’s environment and its power in rebuilding our economy."

Keep Taxes Low and Reduce Government Spending

  • Excerpt: "During these challenging economic times, increasing taxes on hard working Floridians is just simply wrong and is counterproductive to the positive steps we are taking to get the economic engine of Florida moving forward."

Reforming Our Criminal Justice System

  • Excerpt: "I believe that our criminal justice system should be transparent and accountable for its mission to protect the public and lower crime rates. We need to re-focus on reforming non-violent inmates by fostering personal responsibility through work, restitution, community service, and treatment."



See also: Florida State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Florida State Senate 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. Incumbent Maria Sachs was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Ellyn Bogdanoff was unopposed in the Republican primary. Sachs defeated Bogdanoff in the general election. Joseph "JB" Bensmihen (R) withdrew from the race on June 26, 2014.[4][5][6]

Florida State Senate, District 34 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMaria Sachs Incumbent 52.1% 87,340
     Republican Ellyn Bogdanoff 47.9% 80,353
Total Votes 167,693


See also: Florida State Senate elections, 2012

Bogdanoff ran in the 2012 election for Florida State Senate District 34. Bogdanoff defeated Mike Lameyer in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012, and was defeated by incumbent Maria Sachs (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[7][8]

Florida State Senate, District 34, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMaria Sachs Incumbent 52.8% 122,430
     Republican Ellyn Bogdanoff Incumbent 47.2% 109,329
Total Votes 231,759
Florida State Senate, District 34 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngEllyn Bogdanoff Incumbent 72.9% 13,724
Mike Lameyer 27.1% 5,111
Total Votes 18,835


See also: Florida State Senate elections, 2010

Bogdanoff won election to the District 25 seat of the Florida State Senate in 2010. She defeated Kelly Skidmore (D) and Miranda Rosenberg (NPA) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[9]

Florida State Senate, District 25
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Ellyn Bogdanoff (R) 82,583 57.66%
Kelly Skidmore (D) 53,958 37.67%
Miranda Rosenberg (NPA) 6,694 4.67%

She defeated Carl Domino in the August 24 primary by a margin of 16,433-11,891.

Florida State Senate, District 25 - Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ellyn Bogdanoff 16,433
Carl Domino 11,891


On November 4, 2008, Bogdanoff won re-election to the Florida House of Representatives from Florida's 91st District, defeating Chris Chiari (D). Bogdanoff received 38,450 votes in the election while Chiari received 26,594 votes.[10] Bogdanoff raised $548,182 for her campaign; Chiari raised $128,326.[11]

Florida House of Representatives, District 91
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Ellyn Bogdanoff (R) 38,450 59.1%
Chris Chiari (D) 26,594 40.9%

Campaign donors


Bogdanoff raised $915,652 in campaign contributions in 2010. The largest contributors are listed below.[12]


Below are Bogdanoff's top five campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[13]

Contributor 2008 total
FL Republican Party $15,973
Hospital Corporation of America $4,000
AT&T $3,500
FL Society of Ambulatory Surgical Centers $2,500
Direct General Insurance Co $2,500


Bogdanoff and her husband, Steven, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jeffrey Atwater
Florida State Senate District 25
Succeeded by
Joseph Abruzzo (D)
Preceded by
Florida House of Representatives District 91
Succeeded by
George Moraitis