Kathleen Passidomo

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Kathleen Passidomo
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Florida House of Representatives, District 106
Incumbent
In office
2010 - present
Term ends
November 18, 2014
Years in position 4
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$29,687/year
Per diem$131/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
Education
Bachelor'sTrinity University, 1975
J.D.Stetson University College of Law, 1978
Personal
BirthdayMay 19, 1953
Place of birthJersey City, New Jersey
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Kathleen C. Passidomo is a Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing District 106. She was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Biography

Passidomo earned her B.A. from Trinity College and his J.D. from Stetson University. Her professional experience includes working as an attorney at the firm of Kelly, Passidomo & Alba, LLP, focusing on corporate, banking and real estate law.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Florida Committee Assignments, 2013
Judiciary, Vice-chair

2011-2012

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

Elections

2012

See also: Florida House of Representatives elections, 2012

Passidomo won election in the 2012 election for Florida House of Representatives District 106. Passidomo defeated David P. Bolduc in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012, and defeated Peter Daniel Richter (L) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2]

Florida House of Representatives, District 106, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKathleen Passidomo Incumbent 78.9% 61,072
     Independent Peter Richter 21.1% 16,379
Total Votes 77,451
Florida House of Representatives, District 106 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKathleen Passidomo Incumbent 73% 15,639
David P. Bolduc 27% 5,782
Total Votes 21,421

2010

See also: Florida House of Representatives elections, 2010

Passidomo did not face any opposition in the August 24 primary. No one opposed her in the November 2 general election.[3]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Passidomo is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Passidomo raised a total of $274,405 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 31, 2013.[4]

Kathleen Passidomo's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Florida State House, District 106 Won $194,672
2010 Florida State House, District 76 Won $79,733
Grand Total Raised $274,405

2012

Passidomo won re-election to the Florida House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Passidomo raised a total of $194,672.
Florida House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Kathleen Passidomo's campaign in 2012
Florida Republican Party$8,606
Hospital Corp of America$2,000
Health Management Associates$2,000
Nextera Energy$1,000
American Traffic Solutions$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$194,672
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Passidomo won election to the Florida House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Passidomo raised a total of $79,733.

Personal

Passidomo and her husband, John, have three children.

Controversies

Prostitute comment

Passidomo received a flurry of negative media coverage in March 2011 after, in the opinion of some observers, she blamed the gang rape of an 11 year old Texas girl on the fact she was "dressed like a 21 year old prostitute."[5] During debate in the Florida House's K-20 Education Innovation Subcommittee over a bill that would legislate a dress code for Florida public school students, Passidomo said "[The girl's] parents let her attend school like that. And I think it's incumbent upon us to create some areas where students can be safe in school and show up in proper attire so what happened in Texas doesn't happen to our students."[6] Her comments were harshly criticized by a number of national news outlets, including the Huffington Post, New York Magazine, and Salon.com, who argued that Passidomo blamed the rape on the irresponsibility of the child's parents, implicitly excusing the actual perpetrators.

In response, Passidomo stated she was "really hurt" by the media response to her comments and that "the blame is solely on the boys for what occurred." She insisted her intention was merely to note that "one of the ways to [protect kids from predators] is to teach them how to dress appropriately."[7] She said she had received e-mail responses about her comments and "lost some sleep over the issue," but declared she was ready to move on.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Richard Steinberg (D)
Florida House District 106
2012–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Tom Grady
Florida House District 76
2010–2012
Succeeded by
Ray Rodrigues (R)