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Leonard Bembry
Leonard Bembry.jpg
Florida House Of Representatives District 10
Former member
In office
November 2008 - November 16, 2012
Base salary$29,697/year
Per diem$133/per day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
Associate'sNorth Florida Community College
Date of birthAugust 24, 1947
Place of birthJasper, Florida
ProfessionRetired General Manager/retail; Farmer/timber
Office website
Personal website
Leonard Bembry was a Democratic member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 10th District from 2008 to 2012.

Bembry was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 2nd Congressional District of Florida. Bembry was defeated by Alfred Lawson in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012.[1]


Bembry works as a farmer and is the owner of University Homes.

He is a member of the Florida Manufactured Housing Association, Habitat for Humanity, Madison County Development Council, Madison County Farm Bureau, National Rifle Association, and the Wild Turkey Federation.[2]


Bembry did not provide answers to the Florida State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test. The test informs voters how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.[3]

Bembry's sponsored legislation includes:

  • HB 689 - "Debtors and Creditors: Requires lenders or creditors to verify identity of persons applying for loans, credit cards, or extensions of credit; provides that knowing & willful use of personal identifying information of another individual creates rebuttable presumption; provides for forfeiture of future indebtedness for failure to verify applicant's identity."
  • HB 929 - "Payments in Lieu of Taxes: Provides that counties, municipalities, school districts, & specified independent special districts shall receive payments in lieu of taxes as result of implementation of amendments to State Constitution providing ad valorem tax exemption for real property dedicated in perpetuity for conservation purposes"
  • HB 1421 - "Searchable Budget Database Website: Creates "Taxpayer Transparency Act"; requires Auditor General & Deparatment of Revenue to create searchable budget database website for access to information relating to appropriation & expenditure of state funds; specifies factors to be used to search site"

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

Committee assignments


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

  • Appropriations
  • Select Committee on Water Policy
  • State Affairs
  • Subcommittee on Appropriations, Ranking Minority Member
  • Subcommittee on K-20 Innovation


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



See also: Florida's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

Bembry ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Florida's 1st District. Bembry sought the nomination on the Democratic ticket.[4] The signature filing deadline was June 8, 2012, with the primary taking place on August 14, 2012. Incumbent Steve Southerland II sought re-election on the Republican ticket. Bembry was defeated by Alfred Lawson in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012.[1]

Primary results

The primary took place on August 14.[5]

Democratic Primary
Florida's 2nd Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAlfred Lawson 54.6% 46,900
Leonard Bembry 26% 22,357
Alvin Peters 13.9% 11,919
Mark Schlakman 5.4% 4,653
Total Votes 85,829


See also: Florida House of Representatives elections, 2010

Bembry won re-election to the 10th District seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition and defeated David Fegin in the November 2 general election.[6]

Florida State Senate, District 10
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Leonard Bembry 27,149 59.49%
David Feigin 27,149 40.51%


On November 4, 2008, Bembry won election to the Florida House of Representatives from Florida's 10th District, defeating Don Curtis (R). Bembry received 34,586 votes in the election while Curtis received 29,899 votes.[7] Bembry raised $230,306 for his campaign; Curtis raised $350,249.[8]

Florida House of Representatives, District 10
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Leonard Bembry (D) 34,586 53.6%
Don Curtis (R) 29,899 46.4%

Campaign donors


In 2010, Bembry raised $119,784 in contributions.[9]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Florida Farm Bureau $2,000
Florida Police Benevolent Association $1,500
Florida Association Of Realtors $1,500
AT&T $1,500


Below are Bembry's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[10]

Contributor 2008 total
Leonard L Bembry $66,650
FL Democratic Party $41,196
FL Police Benevolent Assoc $3,500
FL Optometric Assoc $1,500
FL Assoc of Insurance Agents $1,500

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Preceded by
Florida House of Representatives District 10
Succeeded by
Elizabeth Porter (R)