|Florida State Senate, District 25|
|November 20, 2012|
|November 15, 2016|
|Years in position||1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next election||November 8, 2016|
|Florida House Of Representatives District 85|
|Bachelor's||Lynn University (2003)|
|Service/branch||United States Coast Guard|
|Years of service||2005 - present|
|Citations||National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, United States Coast Guard Good Conduct Medal,|
|Birthday||August 14, 1980|
Abruzzo is a Port Security Specialist with the Department of Homeland Security, United States Coast Guard. He has also worked as Southern Regional Director of Marketing for Cataldo Interiors Group, and Vice-President of New Business Development for Gateway Marketing International.
He is a member of the Democratic Club of Greater Boynton, Lake Worth West Democratic Club, Lynn University Alumni Association, Mid County Democratic Club, Trustee with the Palms West Chamber of Commerce of the United South County Democratic Club, and Voters' Coalition.
Abruzzo did not provide answers to the Florida State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test. The test provides voters with how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.
Abruzzo's sponsored legislation includes:
- HB 167 - "Energy-efficient Appliance Rebate Program: Authorizes Florida Energy & Climate Commission to develop & administer consumer rebate program for specified energy-efficient appliances"
- HB 169 - "Equine Activities: Cites act as "Nicole's Law"; requires child younger than specified age to wear helmet when riding equine in certain locations; provides requirements for helmets"
- HB 697 - "Retirement: Provides legislative intent; provides statement of important state interest; revises provisions relating to benefits payable for total & permanent disability for certain Special Risk Class members of FRS who are injured in line of duty"
For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Abruzzo served on the following committees:
|Florida Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Commerce and Tourism, Vice-chair|
|• Environmental Preservation and Conservation, Vice-chair|
|• Communications, Energy, and Public Utilities|
|• Military and Veterans Affairs, Space, and Domestic Security|
|• Legislative Auditing|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Abruzzo served on these committees:
|Florida Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Economic Affairs|
|• Finance & Tax|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Abruzzo served on these committees:
|Florida Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Economic Development Policy|
|• Government Operations Appropriations|
- See also: Florida State Senate elections, 2012
Abruzzo won election in the 2012 election for Florida State Senate District 25. Abruzzo ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012, and defeated Melanie Peterson (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Florida State Senate, District 25, General Election, 2012|
Abruzzo ran for re-election to the 85th District seat in 2010. He did not have any opposition in the August 24 primary. Abruzzo defeated Tami Donnally (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.
| Florida House of Representatives, District 85 |
2010 General election results
|Joseph Abruzzo (D)||26,950||52.54%|
|Tami Donnally (R)||24,349||47.46%|
On November 4, 2008, Abruzzo won election to the Florida House of Representatives from Florida's 85th District, defeating Howard Coates, Jr. (R). Abruzzo received 42,814 votes in the election while Coates received 32,047 votes. Abruzzo raised $320,378 for his campaign; Coates raised $96,075.
|Florida House of Representatives, District 85|
|Joseph Abruzzo (D)||42,814||57.2%|
|Howard Coates, Jr. (R)||32,047||42.8%|
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
In 2010, Abruzzo raised $223,170 in contributions. 
His four largest contributors were:
|Florida Democratic Party||$23,825|
|Florida Police Benevolent Association||$3,500|
|Florida Chamber Of Commerce||$3,000|
|Hospital Corp Of America||$2,500|
Below are Abruzzo's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:
|Joseph C Abruzzo||$120,000|
|FL Democratic Party||$75,663|
|FL Institute of CPAs||$4,000|
|Southern Gardens Citrus||$2,500|
|Hospital Corporation of America||$2,000|
- Joseph Abruzzo's personal website
- Florida House of Representatives - Rep. Joseph Abruzzo
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Project Vote Smart biography
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006
- Joseph Abruzzo on Facebook
- ↑ Project Vote Smart - Rep. Abruzzo Biography
- ↑ Project Vote Smart - Rep. Abruzzo Issue Positions
- ↑ Florida Division of Elections "Candidate List" Accessed April 15, 2012
- ↑ Florida Division of Elections, Official Primary Results
- ↑ Florida Election Watch - 2010 Election results
- ↑ Florida House official election results for 2008
- ↑ District 85 Florida House official election results for 2008
- ↑ 2010 contributions
- ↑ Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign contributions
Ellyn Bogdanoff (R)
|Florida State Senate District 25
| Succeeded by|
|Florida House of Representatives District 85
| Succeeded by|
Patrick J. Rooney, Jr. (R)
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