Darren Soto

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Darren Soto
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Florida State Senate District 14
Incumbent
In office
November 20, 2012-Present
Term ends
November 17, 2014
Years in position 2
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$29,687/year
Per diem$131/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Florida House Of Representatives District 49
2007-2012
Education
Bachelor'sRutgers College (2000)
J.D.George Washington University Law School (2004)
Personal
BirthdayFebruary 25, 1978
Place of birthRingwood, New Jersey
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Darren Soto is a Democratic member of the Florida State Senate, representing District 14 since 2012.

Soto was a Democratic member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 49th District after winning a special election in April 2007 and serving until 2012.

Soto served as President of D. Soto Law Offices in 2005, summer Associate with L.A. Gonzalez Law Offices from 2002-2004, and financial analyst with Prudential Insurance from 1998-2001.

He is a member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orland.[1]

Issues

Soto 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]

Soto's sponsored legislation includes:

  • HB 175 - "Local Government Officers and Employees: Expands eligibility for participation in state group health insurance program & prescription drug coverage program to include all counties, municipalities, special taxing districts, & district school boards"
  • HB 843 - "Street Racing: Creates "Luis Rivera Ortega Street Racing Act"; revises provisions prohibiting certain speed competitions & exhibitions; prohibits driving in any race, drag race, or exhibition of speed or acceleration"
  • HB 1249 - "Commercial Dog Breeding: Prohibits person from owning, possessing, controlling, or otherwise having custody of 50 or more dogs at one time; requires person who owns or otherwise has custody of 10 or more dogs that are 4 months of age or older to adhere to certain specified guidelines"

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

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Soto served on the following committees:

Florida Committee Assignments, 2013
Judiciary, Vice-chair
Community Affairs
Environmental Preservation and Conservation
Ethics and Elections
Collective Bargaining

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2012

See also: Florida State Senate elections, 2012

Soto won election in the 2012 election for Florida State Senate District 14. Soto ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012, and defeated William McBride (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3]

Florida State Senate, District 14, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDarren Soto 70% 113,222
     Republican William McBride 30% 48,440
Total Votes 161,662

2010

See also: Florida House of Representatives elections, 2010

Soto ran for re-election to the 49th District seat in 2010. He did not face any opposition in the August 24 primary. Soto defeated Betty La Chance in the general election on November 2, 2010.[4]

Florida House of Representatives, District 49
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Darren Soto (D) 20,826 75.33%
Betty La Chance (NPA) 6,821 24.67%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Soto won re-election to the Florida House of Representatives from Florida's 49th District, defeating J.P. Quinones (R). Soto received 36,644 votes in the election while Quinones received 19,648 votes.[5] Soto raised $109,028 for his campaign; Quinones raised $166,630.[6]

Florida House of Representatives, District 49
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Darren Soto (D) 36,644 65.1%
J.P. Quinones (R) 19,648 34.9%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Soto is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Soto raised a total of $572,514 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 24, 2013.[7]

Darren Soto's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Florida State Senate, District 14 Won $387,915
2010 Florida State House, District 49 Won $67,464
2008 Florida State House, District 49 Won $109,028
2006 Florida State House, District 49 Defeated $8,107
Grand Total Raised $572,514

2012

Soto won election to the Florida State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Soto raised a total of $387,915.
Florida State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Darren Soto's campaign in 2012
Florida Democratic Party$111,744
Hospital Corp Oof America$3,500
Florida Hospital Association$3,000
Florida Cable Telecommunications Association$2,500
Florida Dental Association$2,000
Total Raised in 2012$387,915
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Soto won re-election to the Florida House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Soto raised a total of $67,464.

2008

Soto won election to the Florida House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Soto raised a total of $109,028.

2006

Soto lost the election for the Florida House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Soto raised a total of $8,107.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Steve Oelrich (R)
Florida State Senate District 14
2012–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Florida House of Representatives District 49
2007–2012
Succeeded by
Joe Saunders (D)