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Kevin J.G. Rader

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Kevin J.G. Rader
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Florida House of Representatives District 81
In office
November 20, 2012 - present
Term ends
November 18, 2014
Years in position 3
Base salary$29,687/year
Per diem$131/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Florida House of Representatives District 78
Office website
Kevin J.G. Rader is a Democratic member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing District 81. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Rader served in the House previously, representing District 78 from 2008 to 2010.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Rader served only on subcommittees.


At the beginning of the 2009 legislative session, Rader served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


Rader's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

  • The Economy & Jobs
Excerpt: "we need to invest in and encourage good paying and smart jobs, while assisting those struggling to meet mortgages and buy groceries."
  • Education
Excerpt: "As a state senator, I will continue to fight against ham-handed approaches to improving education. We should be supporting teachers, not threatening them. Improvements need to be transparent and discussed by all affected stakeholders, particularly those on the front line – our teachers."
  • Health Care
Excerpt: "Privatization of programs funded by the state is a favorite goal of Republicans. One of the worst things Republicans tried to do this year was force every Medicaid patient in the state into an HMO. Under the guise of better oversight and less fraud, they tried to privatize Medicaid, which is close to a quarter of the state’s budget."
  • Good Government & Accountability
Excerpt: "Cynicism of elected officials undermines those truly committed to doing their job on behalf of the citizens of our state. This spring I sponsored legislation giving counties the ability to increase the maximum fine and jail time for violation of standards of conduct and financial disclosure."
  • Israel
Excerpt: "Those who know me are familiar with my passion for a safe and secure state of Israel, America’s most consistent ally in the Middle East on Democracy and the fight against international terrorism."
  • Women's Reproductive Rights
Excerpt: "I take the protection of a woman’s right to choose very seriously. It’s not my job and it’s not the job of any of the legislators in Tallahassee to tell women what to do with their bodies."

Rader's sponsored legislation includes:

  • HB 1023 - "District School Tax: Authorizes school district to levy by super majority vote of district school board additional millage for school operational purposes for 2009-2010 fiscal year; provides restrictions on such levy."
  • HB 1309 - "Motor Vehicle Emission Standards: Ratifies DEP rule adopting California motor vehicle emission standards; requires DEP & DHSMV to develop proposal to implement rule & report to Legislature."
  • HB 1333 - "Unemployment Compensation: Redefines term "base period"; requires employer to provide wage information to support individual's eligibility for benefits; provides for alternative base period after certain date"

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



See also: Florida House of Representatives elections, 2012

Rader won election in the 2012 election for Florida House of Representatives District 81. Rader defeated incumbent Steven Perman in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012, and defeated James Ryan O'Hara (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2]

Florida House of Representatives, District 81, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Rader 64.4% 40,558
     Republican James Ryan O'Hara 35.6% 22,459
Total Votes 63,017
Florida House of Representatives, District 81 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Rader 57.3% 4,224
Steven Perman Incumbent 42.7% 3,145
Total Votes 7,369


See also: Florida State Senate elections, 2010

Rader lost his bid for election to the District 27 seat in the Florida State Senate. He lost to Lizbeth Benacquisto (R) in the November 2 general election.[3]

Florida State Senate, District 27
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Lizbeth Benacquisto (R) 79,750 54.12%
Kevin J.G. Rader (D) 67,621 45.88%

Rader defeated Pete Burkert in the August 24 primary by a margin of 10,820-9,674.

Florida State Senate, District 27 - Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Kevin Rader 10,820
Pete Burkert 9,674


See also: Florida House of Representatives elections, 2008

In 2008, Rader won election to the Florida House of Representatives from Florida's 78th District. Rader ran unopposed in the general election. He raised $143,883 for his campaign.[4]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Rader is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Rader raised a total of $183,704 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 29, 2013.[5]

Kevin J.G. Rader's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Florida State House, District 81 Won $183,704
Grand Total Raised $183,704


Rader won election to the Florida House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Rader raised a total of $183,704.
Florida House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Kevin J.G. Rader's campaign in 2012
Florida Association of Insurance Agents$2,000
Florida Cable Telecommunications Association$1,500
American Integrity Insurance Co of Florida$1,500
Florida Beer Wholesalers Association$1,500
Total Raised in 2012$183,704
Source: Follow the Money


Rader has been a member of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Anti-Defamation League, Democratic Club of Boca Raton, Democratic Club of Boynton Beach, United South County Democratic Club and the Voters Coalition.[6]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Gayle Harrell (R)
Florida House of Representatives District 81
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Florida House of Representatives District 78
Succeeded by
Steven Perman