Fred Costello

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Fred Costello
State Representative Fred Costello.jpg
Florida House of Representatives, District 25
In office
November 18, 2014 - Present
Term ends
November 14, 2016
Years in position 1
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 26
Bachelor'sGraceland University (1970)
OtherD.D.S., University of Iowa (1974)
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Years of service1974 - 1977
Date of birthFebruary 9, 1950
Place of birthOrlando, Florida
Office website
Campaign website
Fred Costello campaign logo
Fred Costello (b. February 9, 1950) is a Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing District 25. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014. He previously served in the chamber, representing District 26 from 2010 to 2012.

Costello was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent of Florida. Costello was defeated by Ron DeSantis in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012.[1]


Costello was born and raised in Orlando, Florida.[2] He earned his B.S. from Graceland University and his D.D.S. from the University of Iowa.[2] His professional experience includes working as a dentist. He served as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force from 1974 to 1977.[2]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Florida Committee Assignments, 2015
Health & Human Services
Rules, Calendar & Ethics


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


Campaign themes


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

Tax Reform

  • Excerpt: "I support revenue neutral tax reform. We must restore equity in our Florida tax system so that all constituencies are equitably impacted by the balance between desired services and the resources required to provide those services."

Educational Reform, Funding and "Common Core"

  • Excerpt: "I support parent directed education reform including school choice (public, charter, private, parochial, religious, digital and/or home schools) with the education funding (whether called a voucher or scholarship or …) following the student."

Economic Development / Jobs

  • Excerpt: "I support initiatives to stimulate creation of living wage jobs including increased educational investment in career educational opportunities, reduced development and government regulations and targeted tax rebates and other incentives with claw/pay back requirements if job creation projections aren't met."

Health Care Reform

  • Excerpt: "ObamaCare is unconstitutional. It must be repealed. I support enhanced access to healthcare for Florida students through age 18."

Intergovernmental Relations

  • Excerpt: "I support transparency and increased accountability at all levels of government, specifically to include elimination of unfunded mandates and cost shifts from one government to another."



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. Noel Cheryl Bickford was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Fred Costello was unopposed in the Republican primary. Costello defeated Bickford in the general election.[4][5]


See also: Florida's 6th Congressional District elections, 2012

Costello ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Florida's 6th District. Costello sought the nomination on the Republican ticket.[6] The primary elections were held on August 14, 2012. Costello was defeated by Ron DeSantis in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012.[1][7]

U.S. House, Florida District 6 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRon Desantis 38.8% 24,132
Fred Costello 22.8% 14,189
Beverly Slough 13.2% 8,229
Craig Miller 13.1% 8,113
Richard Clark 9.8% 6,090
Alec Pueschal 1.2% 739
William Billy Kogut 1% 628
Total Votes 62,120


See also: Florida House of Representatives elections, 2010

Costello won election, defeating Timothy Huth (D) in the November 2 general election.[8]

Florida House of Representatives, District 26
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Fred Costello (R) 34,369 60.48%
Timothy Huth (D) 22,460 39.52%

Costello defeated Vince Champion and Nathan Daniel McDonell in the August 24 primary.[9]

Florida House of Representatives, District 26 - Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Fred Costello 7,341 49.96%
Nathan McDonell 4,042 27.51%
Vince Champion 3,312 22.54%

Campaign donors


Costello raised $282,769 in contributions for his 2010 campaign as of July 8, 2011.[10] However, only 12 out of his 13 campaign finance reports have been filed.

His largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Florida Republican Party $41,585
Florida Institute of CPAS $3,000
Florida Chamber of Commerce $3,000
Metra Electronics $1,500
Highlander Corp $1,500



In 2014, Costello's endorsements include the following:[11]

  • BusinessForce
  • Florida Chamber of Commerce
  • Florida Dental Association PAC
  • Florida Medical Association PAC
  • National Rifle Association - A Rating
  • Alan Hays
  • Kelli Stargel
  • Larry Metz
  • Matt Gaetz
  • Keith Perry
  • Tom Goodson
  • Dennis Baxley
  • Lake Ray
  • Pat Rooney
  • Mike Bileca
  • Frank Artilles
  • Jose Pepe Diaz
  • Carlos Truijillo
  • Doc Renuart
  • Jason Bordeur


Costello and his wife, Linda Gail Ditzig, have three children.


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Political offices
Preceded by
Charles David Hood, Jr. (R)
Florida House of Representatives District 25
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Pat Patterson
Florida House of Representatives District 26
Succeeded by
Dwayne L. Taylor (D)