Jeff Brandes

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Jeff Brandes
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Florida State Senate District 22
In office
November 20, 2012 - present
Term ends
November 17, 2014
Years in position 2
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 52
2010 - 2012
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army Reserve
Years of service1996 - 2007
BirthdayFebruary 12, 1976
Place of birthSt. Petersburg, Florida
ProfessionReal Estate
Office website
Jeff Brandes (b. February 12, 1976) is a Republican member of the Florida State Senate, representing District 22. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Brandes served in the Florida House of Representatives, representing District 52 from 2010 until 2012.


Brandes earned his bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Carson-Newman College. His professional experience includes working as a real estate broker and manager of his family's asset portfolio. Earlier in his career, he worked for Cox Lumber Co.'s real estate development team. Brandes served in the U.S. Army Reserve, during which he was called to active duty in Iraq as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Committee assignments


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

Florida Committee Assignments, 2013
Transportation, Chair
Health Policy


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Brandes served on the following committees:


Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Jeff Brandes endorsed Rick Perry in the 2012 presidential election. [1]



See also: Florida State Senate elections, 2012

Brandes won election in the 2012 election for Florida State Senate District 22. Brandes defeated James Frishe in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012, and defeated Raymond Alan Baker (Write-in) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2]

Florida State Senate, District 22, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Brandes 99.7% 157,438
     Independent Raymond Alan Baker 0.3% 481
Total Votes 157,919
Florida State Senate, District 22 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Brandes 56.7% 20,655
James C. Frishe 43.3% 15,776
Total Votes 36,431


See also: Florida House of Representatives elections, 2010

Brandes did not have any opposition in the August 24 primary. He defeated incumbent Bill Heller (D) in the November 2 general election.[3]

Florida House of Representatives, District 52
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Jeff Brandes (R) 21,237 51.20%
Bill Heller (D) 20,238 48.80%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Brandes is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Brandes raised a total of $967,874 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 24, 2013.[4]

Jeff Brandes's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Florida State Senate, District 22 Won $568,010
2010 Florida State House, District 52 Won $399,864
Grand Total Raised $967,874


Brandes won election to the Florida State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Brandes raised a total of $568,010.
Florida State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jeff Brandes's campaign in 2012
Brandes, Jeff$335,000
Florida Republican Party$10,369
Hospital Corp of America$3,000
Florida Chamber of Commerce$2,617
Health Management Associates$2,000
Total Raised in 2012$568,010
Source:Follow the Money


Brandes won election to the Florida House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Brandes raised a total of $399,864.


Brandes and his wife, Natalie, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
David Simmons (R)
Florida State Senate District 22
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Bill Heller
Florida House District 52
Succeeded by
Ritch Workman (R)