Brad Drake

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Brad Drake
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Florida House Of Representatives District 5
Former Member
In office
November 2008 - 2012
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
Bachelor'sUniversity of Florida (2000)
Date of birthFebruary 7, 1975
Place of birthFort Walton Beach, Florida
ProfessionMarketing Executive
Office website
Personal website
Brad Drake is a former Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 5th District from 2008 to 2012.

Drake served as legal assistant to the Florida House of Representatives from 2001-2007, and has worked for Infinite Energy Incorporated, was President/Owner of the Southern Marketing Company, and an educator with Walton County Schools.

He is the former Chair of the Crimestoppers of Walton County, and is a member of the First Baptist Church of DeFuniak Springs, Hearts of Hope Ministries Incorporated, Kiwanis Club of DeFuniak Springs, National Rifle Association, and the Walton County Taxpayers Association.[1]


Drake 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.[2]

Drake's sponsored legislation includes:

  • HB 533 - "Public Education: Authorizes district school boards to permit delivery of inspirational message at noncompulsory high school event."
  • HB 535 - "Mental Illness: Requires law enforcement agency that transports persons to receiving facility to have memorandum of understanding with facility; requires that custody of person who is transported to receiving or treatment facility be relinquished to responsible person at facility; specifies that psychiatric examination by certain personnel be conducted face to face, in person."
  • HB 1003 - "Sale and Delivery of Firearms: Deletes future repeal of provisions governing sale & delivery of firearms; requires review of provisions before limit on FDLE fee for processing criminal history check on purchasers may be increased."

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

Committee assignments


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

  • Economic Affairs
  • Select Committee on Water Policy, Vice Chair
  • Subcommittee on Health and Human Services Access
  • Subcommittee on Transportation and Economic Development * Appropriations
  • Subcommittee on Transportation and Highway Safety, Chair


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



See also: Florida House of Representatives elections, 2012

Drake will not run for re-election in 2012.[3]


See also: Florida House of Representatives elections, 2010

Drake won re-election to the 5th District seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the August 24th primary election or the general election, which took place on November 2nd.[4]


On November 4, 2008, Drake won election to the Florida House of Representatives from Florida's 5th District, defeating John McDaniel (D). Drake received 40,449 votes in the election while McDaniel received 27,412 votes.[5] Drake raised $300,618 for his campaign; McDaniel raised $121,532.[6]

Florida House of Representatives, District 5
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Brad Drake (R) 40,449 59.6%
John McDaniel (D) 27,412 40.4%

Campaign donors


In 2010, Drake raised $42,492 in campaign contributions. The largest contributors are listed below:[7]


Below are Drake's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[8]

Contributor 2008 total
FL Republican Party $28,985
Hospital Corporation of America $3,000
FL Institute of CPAs $2,500
FL Chamber of Commerce $2,500
AT&T $2,500

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Preceded by
Florida House of Representatives District 5
Succeeded by
Marti Coley (R)