Michael Bennett

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Michael S. Bennett
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Florida State Senate District 21
Former member
In office
PredecessorKen Salazar (D)
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Florida House of Representatives
Bachelor'sDrake University (1975)
Master'sDrake University (1976)
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Navy
Years of service1963-1967
Date of birthJanuary 1, 1945
Michael S. Bennett (b. January 1, 1945) is a former Republican member of the Florida State Senate, representing District 21 from 2002 to 2012. He served as President Pro Tempore. Florida term limits disqualified him from re-election in 2012. He instead ran for the 11th Congressional District seat.[1]

Bennett served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2000 to 2002.


Bennett earned his B.A. from Drake University in 1975 and his M.B.A. from Drake University in 1976. His professional experience includes working for Sunbelt Audio, as National Sales Manager for Fawn Engineering and as President of Aladdin Wand Electric. He served in the United States Navy in Vietnam from 1963 to 1967.

Committee assignments


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


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

Congressional Staff Salaries

According to research compiled by the website Legistorm, in Fiscal Year 2011, Bennett's congressional staff was paid a total sum of $2,633,822, which is below the national average of $2,740,129.76 for Democratic Senators.[2]



See also: Florida State Senate elections, 2012 and United States House of Representatives elections in Florida, 2012

Bennett is ineligible to run for re-election to the Florida State Senate in 2012 because of term limits. He is instead who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 11th Congressional District from Florida.[1]

Bennett failed to appear on the official candidate list.


On November 4, 2008, Bennett won re-election to the 21st District Seat in the Florida State Senate. Bennett was unopposed. Bennett raised $288,362 for his campaign.[3]

Campaign donors

2010 (Off-cycle)

Bennett raised $0 in campaign contributions in 2010, a year in which he was not up for election.[4]


In 2008, Bennett collected $288,362 in campaign contributions.[5] The five largest contributors to his campaign were as follows:

Donor Amount
Florida Home Builders Association $2,000
Florida Police Benevolent Association $2,000
Florida Cable Telecommunications Association $1,500
AT&T $1,500
Florida Hospital Association $1,500


Bennett has a wife, Diane.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Florida Senate, District 21
Succeeded by
Denise Grimsley (R)