Rachel Burgin

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Rachel Burgin
Rachel Burgin.jpg
Florida House of Representatives District 56
Former member
In office
2008 - 2012
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sMoody Bible Institute (2010)
Date of birthJuly 23, 1982
Place of birthFlorida
Personal website
Campaign website
Rachel Burgin is a former Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing District 56 District from 2008 to 2012.

Burgin ran in the 2012 election for Florida State Senate District 24.


Burgin's professional experience include working as a legislative aide from 2006 to 2008.

She is a member of the Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce, Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Hillsborough County Republican Executive Committee, Plant City Federated Republican Women's Club, and a volunteer with Plant City Pregnancy Care Center.[1]

Committee assignments


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

  • Rules & Calendar
  • State Affairs
  • Subcommittee on Agriculture and Natural Resources, Vice Chair
  • Subcommittee on Insurance and Banking
  • Subcommittee on K-20 Competitiveness
  • Subcommittee on Transportation and Economic Development Appropriations


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


Burgin 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]

Burgin's sponsored legislation includes:

  • HB 233 - "Internet Safety Education Programs in Public Libraries: Encourages public libraries to implement Internet safety education program for children & adults"
  • HB 983 - "Abortion: Requires that ultrasound be performed on any woman obtaining abortion; specifies who must perform ultrasound; requires that ultrasound be reviewed with patient prior to woman giving informed consent"
  • HB 1177 - "Operation of the Florida Lottery: Revises provisions to conform to possible operation of lottery with assistance of manager under management agreement"

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



See also: Florida State Senate elections, 2012

Burgin ran in the 2012 election for Florida State Senate District 24. Burgin was defeated by Tom Lee in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012.[3]

Florida State Senate, District 24 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTom Lee 59.3% 14,996
Rachel V. Burgin 40.7% 10,308
Total Votes 25,304


See also: Florida House of Representatives elections, 2010

Burgin ran for re-election to the 56th District seat in 2010. She defeated David Chalela (D) and Lewis Laricchia (write-in) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[4]

Florida House of Representatives, District 56
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Rachel Burgin (R) 30,129 62.16%
David Chalela (D) 18,333 37.83%
Lewis Laricchia (Write-in) 5 0.01%

Burgin defeated Marc Johnson in the August 24 primary.[5]

Florida House of Representatives, District 33 - Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Rachel Burgin 6,045 56.18%
Marc Johnson 4,715 43.82%


On November 4, 2008, Burgin won election to the Florida House of Representatives from Florida's 56th District, defeating Lewis Laricchia (D). Burgin received 43,433 votes in the election while Laricchia received 32,860 votes.[6] Burgin raised $162,481 for her campaign; Laricchia raised $2,345.[7]

Florida House of Representatives, District 56
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Rachel Burgin (R) 43,433 56.9%
Lewis Laricchia (D) 32,860 43.1%

Campaign donors


In 2010, Burgin raised $199,126 in contributions.[8]

Her five largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Florida Chamber Of Commerce $4,000
Hospital Corp Of America $2,000
Southern Gardens Citrus Holding Corp $2,000
Florida Association Of Realtors $2,000
AT&T $2,000


Below are Burgin's top five campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[9]

Contributor 2008 total
FL Republican Party $20,150
AT&T $2,500
FL Chamber of Commerce $2,000
FL Institute of CPAs $1,500
FL Healthcare Assoc $1,500


Ethics complaints

Two Carrollwood residents filed an ethics complaint on August 8, 2012, alleging that Tom Lee omitted assets from his personal financial disclosure form. Lee said the complaint is wrong, insisting he reported all his assets properly on the form and that the complaint looks like "retaliation" against him by supporters of his opponent. In July 2012 a Valrico lawyer accused Lee's competitor, Burgin, of directing donations to a political committee responsible for an attack mailer aimed at Lee.[10] Burgin denied the allegations.[10]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Florida House of Representatives District 56
Succeeded by
Ben Albritton (R)