Charles Chestnut IV

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Charles Chestnut IV
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Florida House Of Representatives District 23
Former member
In office
2006 - November 16, 2012
Base salary$29,697/year
Per diem$133/per day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2006
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
Associate'sMiami-Dade Community College
Bachelor'sBethune-Cookman College
Date of birthJuly 27, 1962
Place of birthGainesville, Florida
ProfessionFuneral Director
Office website
Charles Chestnut IV was a Democratic member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 23rd District from 2006 to 2012. He served as Mayor Pro Tempore for the City of Gainesville from 2003-2004 and 2005-2006, and was on the city commission from 2000-2006.

Chestnut has worked as a funeral director and life insurance agent.

He is a member of the Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church, Advisory Committee of the AvMed Health Plan Medicaid, Transportation and Urban Administration Committee of the Florida League of Cities, and the Police Coordinating Committee for Partners Against Crime.[1]


Chestnut 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]

Chestnut's sponsored legislation includes:

  • HB 677 - "Cellular Telephone Use: Prohibits use of cellular telephone while operating motor vehicle in school zone; provides enhanced penalty."
  • HB 739 - "Community College Student Fees: Authorizes community college boards of trustees to establish transportation access fee; limits amount of fee; provides timeframe for fee increase & implementation of increase; prohibits inclusion of fee in calculating amount student receives under Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program awards."
  • HB 869 - "License Taxes: Revises annual license tax for operation of motor vehicles, mopeds, motorized bicycles, trailers, & mobile homes."

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

Committee assignments


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


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



See also: Florida House of Representatives elections, 2012

Chestnut did not run for re-election in 2012.[3]


See also: Florida House of Representatives elections, 2010

Chestnut ran for re-election to the 23rd District seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the August 24 primary or in the general election, which took place on November 2, 2010.[4]


On November 4, 2008, Chestnut won re-election to the Florida House of Representatives from Florida's 23rd District, defeating Bernie DeCastro (R). Chestnut received 41,074 votes in the election while DeCastro received 17,408 votes.[5] Chestnut raised $84,078 for his campaign; DeCastro raised $4,021.[6]

Florida House of Representatives, District 23
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Charles Chestnut IV (D) 41,074 70.2%
Bernie DeCastro (R) 17,408 29.8%

Campaign donors


In 2010, Chestnut raised $19,700 in contributions. [7]

The largest contributor to his campaign was Hospital Corp of America, which donated $1,000.


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

Contributor 2008 total
AT&T $1,500
North Central FL Central Labor Council $1,000
Plum Creek Timber $1,000
FL Assoc of Mortgage Brokers $1,000
Embarq $1,000

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Preceded by
Florida House of Representatives District 23
Succeeded by
Dennis K. Baxley (R)