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Stephen Wise

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Stephen Wise
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Florida State Senate District 5
Former member
In office
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2008
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Florida House of Representatives
Bachelor'sFlorida Southern College (1963)
Master'sMiddle Tennessee State University (1968)
Date of birthDecember 11, 1941
ProfessionConsultant/Former teacher
Stephen R. Wise (b. December 11, 1941) is a former Republican member of the Florida State Senate, representing District 5 from 2002 to 2012. He served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1988 to 2000.


Wise earned his B.S. from Florida Southern College in 1963, his M.Ed. From Middle Tennessee State University in 1968 and his Ed.D. from the University of Alabama in 1970. His professional experience includes working as a Teacher in Polk County from 1963 to 1965 and Brevard County from 1963 to 1968, Vice President of College Development at Florida Community College from 1970 to 1993 and consultant.

Committee assignments


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


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



On November 4, 2008, Wise won re-election to the 5th District Seat in the Florida State Senate, defeating George Anthony Lovenguth (D). Wise raised $319,389 for his campaign, while Lovenguth raised $2,404.

Florida State Senate, District 5 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Stephen WIse (R) 172,736 71.4%
George Anthony Lovenguth (D) 69,321 28.6%

Campaign donors

2010 (Off-cycle)

Wise raised $0 in campaign contributions in 2010, a year in which he was not up for election.[1]


In 2008, Wise collected $319,389 in campaign contributions.[2] The six largest contributors to his campaign were as follows:

Donor Amount
Florida Hospital Association $4,000
Florida Police Benevolent Association $3,000
Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar Association $2,000
Hospital Corporation of America $2,000
Florida Association of Insurance Agents $2,000
Florida Association of Realtors $2,000


Wise and his wife, Kathryn Beeman, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Rod Smith (D)
Florida Senate District 5
Succeeded by
Charles Dean (R)