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Lizbeth Benacquisto
Lizbeth Benacquisto.jpg
Florida State Senate, District 30
In office
2010 - present
Term ends
November 17, 2014
Years in position 5
Base salary$29,697/year
Per diem$129/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next primaryAugust 26, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits 2 terms (8 years)
Prior offices
Wellington City Council
Bachelor'sPalm Beach Atlantic University
Office website
Campaign website
Lizbeth Benacquisto is a Republican member of the Florida State Senate, representing District 30. She was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Benacquisto was a 2014 Republican special election candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 19th Congressional District of Florida.[1][2][3][4] Benacquisto was defeated by Curt Clawson in the Republican primary on April 22, 2014.[5]

Benacquisto served on the Wellington City Council from 2002 to 2010.


Benacquisto attended the University of Florida and Penn State University, and graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University. Her professional experience includes working as a realtor.

Committee assignments


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

Florida Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations, Vice-chair
Banking and Insurance
Ethics and Elections
Governmental Oversight and Accountability
Collective Bargaining


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


Campaign themes


Benacquisto's website highlighted the following campaign themes.[6]

  • Fiscal Responsibility
Excerpt: "I have always been a strong fiscal conservative. In Tallahassee I’ll work to see that we use the same Wellington thought process in spending state dollars.”
  • Education
  • Volunteerism
Excerpt: “Good government isn’t about spending money, it’s about using the resources we have."
  • The Environment
Excerpt: "She has a fundamental and unwavering commitment to a healthy environment, to preserving scarce wetlands and restoring critical habitat. Her intricate involvement in Everglades and groundwater protections will serve the citizens of District 27 well in the Florida Senate."
  • Recreational Opportunities



See also: Florida State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Florida State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 26, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 20, 2014. Incumbent Lizbeth Benacquisto defeated Michael Dreikorn in the Republican primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[7][8]

Florida State Senate, District 30 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLizbeth Benacquisto Incumbent 59.5% 40,825
Michael Dreikorn 40.5% 27,772
Total Votes 68,597


See also: Florida's 19th Congressional District special election, 2014

Benacquisto was a candidate in the 2014 special election for the U.S. House to represent Florida's 19th District.[1][9]

She was defeated by Curt Clawson in the Republican primary on April 22, 2014.[5]


  • Republican Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart and Tom Rooney endorsed Benacquisto on March 10, 2014.[10]
    • “Washington is broken and this president has no interest in fixing it. Lizbeth’s fighting spirit and proven ability to get things done are just what we need to get things moving for hard-working Florida families, ” Diaz-Balart said.[10]
    • “Lizbeth is a proven and trusted leader. Washington desperately needs more people like her and I look forward to standing shoulder-to-shoulder with her to fight for the fiscal responsibility the people of Florida need and deserve,” said Rooney.[10]
  • Sarah Palin endorsed Benacquisto on March 26, 2014.[11][12]
    • "We have been lucky to visit southwest Florida on several occasions and know it is one of the warmest places in the country. The warmth comes not only from the sun, but also from the citizens. We met many dedicated patriots in Naples, Florida, on our recent book tour. They deserve better representation than what they have had recently. Lizbeth Benacquisto is the only proven conservative in the race. She served her constituents well and has never forgotten who put her in office – the people. Lizbeth will take these values to Washington to fight for us all," Palin wrote on Facebook.[11][13]
  • Ann Wagner endorsed Benacquisto on April 8, 2014.[15]
    • “The people of the 19th District have lost faith in their elected officials. And the only candidate that can restore the sacred foundation of trust and integrity is Lizbeth Benacquisto. I am proud to endorse Lizbeth because she is the only conservative in this race that will get the job done,” Wagner said.
  • Diane Black endorsed Benacquisto on April 8, 2014.[15]
    • “Lizbeth Benacquisto is the only trusted candidate in this race that will protect the values we hold so dear. Whether it’s defending the sanctity of life, repealing ObamaCare, or reducing our massive debt — I know Lizbeth will be fearless in that fight to protect the integrity of this great nation,” Black said in a statement.[15]


See also: Florida State Senate elections, 2012

Benacquisto won re-election in the 2012 election for Florida State Senate District 30. Benacquisto ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012, and defeated Debbie Jordan (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[16][17]

Florida State Senate, District 30, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLizbeth Benacquisto Incumbent 62.3% 123,794
     Democratic Debbie Jordan 37.7% 74,871
Total Votes 198,665


See also: Florida State Senate elections, 2010

Benacquisto won election, defeating Kevin Rader (D) in the November 2 general election.[18]

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%

Benacquisto defeated Mike Lameyer and Sharon J. Merchant in the August 24 primary.

Florida State Senate, District 27 - Republican primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Lizbeth Benacquisto 12,217
Sharon J. Merchant 11,307
Mike Lameyer 7,706

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Benacquisto is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Benacquisto raised a total of $1,348,054 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 24, 2013.[19]

Lizbeth Benacquisto's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Florida State Senate, District 30 Won $729,246
2010 Florida State Senate, District 27 Won $618,808
Grand Total Raised $1,348,054


Benacquisto won re-election to the Florida State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Benacquisto raised a total of $729,246.


Benacquisto won election to the Florida State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Benacquisto raised a total of $618,808.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 'Miami Herald, "FL Senate's GOP leader, Benacquisto, plans to announce bid for Radel congressional seat Monday," accessed February 3, 2014
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  4. News Press, "Ledge Notebook: State Sen. Benacquisto expected to announce run for Congress," accessed February 3, 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 Associated Press, "Primary Results," accessed April 22, 2014
  6. Lizbeth Benacquisto campaign website, "Welcome," accessed November 2, 2010
  7. Florida Division of Elections, "2014 Florida Election Watch - Multi-County or District Offices," accessed September 3, 2014
  8. Florida Division of Elections, "Candidate Listing for 2014 General Election," accessed June 23, 2014
  9. Miami Herald, "Special election scheduled to fill Radel's seat," accessed January 31, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Sunshine State News, "Lizbeth Benacquisto Gets Backing of Florida Congressmen," accessed March 11, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 Tampa Bay Times, "Sarah Palin endorses Benacquisto in congressional race," accessed March 31, 2014
  12. Biz Pac Review, "Sarah Palin endorses fellow ‘mama grizzly’ Lizbeth Benacquisto for Fla. CD19," accessed March 31, 2014
  13. Sunshine State News, "Sarah Palin Takes Center Stage in CD 19 Special Election," accessed April 7, 2014
  14. Biz Pac Review, "Florida Five: Benacquisto scores another national endorsement, Film-incentive program revamped," accessed April 8, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Roll Call, "House Republican Women Endorse in Florida Special Primary," accessed April 19, 2014
  16. Florida Division of Elections, "Candidate List," accessed April 15, 2012
  17. Florida Department of Elections, "Official Primary Results," August 14, 2012
  18. Florida Department of Elections, "November 2, 2010, Election Results," November 2, 2010
  19. followthemoney.org, "Benacquisto, Lizbeth," accessed May 24, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Maria Sachs (D)
Florida Senate District 30
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Dave Aronberg
Florida Senate District 27
Succeeded by
Jeff Clemens