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Perry Thurston
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Florida House of Representatives, District 94
Incumbent
In office
2006- present
Term ends
November 18, 2014
Years in position 8
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Minority Leader, Florida House of Representatives
2014-Present
Compensation
Base salary$29,687/year
Per diem$131/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
Education
Bachelor'sMorehouse College, 1982
J.D.University of Miami, 1987
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 30, 1961
Place of birthPompano, Florida
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Perry Thurston is a Democratic member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing District 94. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

Thurston has served as Minority Leader since 2014.

Biography

Thurston earned his B.A. in Finance from Morehouse College and his J.D. from the University of Miami. His professional experience includes working as an attorney.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Florida Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Thurston served on the following committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2008

Thurston 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.[2]

Thurston's sponsored legislation includes:

  • HB 181 - "Reservations of the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida: Specifies that state jurisdiction over criminal offenses committed within Indian reservations & over civil actions arising there between Indians or others or to which Indians or others are parties does not apply to reservations of Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida."
  • HB 189 - "Dangerous Dogs: Eliminates prohibition of breed-specific local government regulation of dangerous dogs."
  • HB 575 - "Expunging Criminal History Records: Permits automatic expunction of criminal history records in specified circumstances; provides procedures; provides for effect of expunction; provides for treatment of certain statutory cross-references."

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

Elections

2012

See also: Florida House of Representatives elections, 2012

Thurston won election in the 2012 election for Florida House of Representatives District 94. Thurston ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012, and defeated Scott Herman (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3]

Florida House of Representatives, District 94, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPerry E. Thurston, Jr. Incumbent 84.2% 54,339
     Republican Scott Herman 15.8% 10,210
Total Votes 64,549

2010

See also: Florida House of Representatives elections, 2010

Thurston ran for re-election to the 93rd District seat in 2010. He did not have any opposition in the August 24 primary or the general election, which took place on November 2, 2010.[4]

2008

See also: Florida House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Thurston won re-election to the Florida House of Representatives from Florida's 93rd District, defeating Tchaka Lawrence (write-in). Thurston received 42,600 votes in the election while Lawrence received 54 votes.[5] Thurston raised $39,650 for his campaign.[6]

Florida House of Representatives, District 93
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Perry Thurston (D) 42,600 99.9%
Tchaka Lawrence (write-in) 54 0.1%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Thurston is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Thurston raised a total of $375,609 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 30, 2013.[7]

Perry Thurston's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Florida State House, District 94 Won $122,162
2010 Florida State House, District 93 Won $40,443
2008 Florida State House, District 93 Won $39,650
2006 Florida State House, District 93 Won $142,251
1998 Florida State House, District 93 Defeated $31,103
Grand Total Raised $375,609

2012

Thurston won re-election to the Florida House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Thurston raised a total of $122,162.
Florida House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Perry Thurston's campaign in 2012
Hospital Corp of America$2,500
Florida Democratic Party$2,000
Florida Hospital Association$2,000
Florida Police Benevolent Association$2,000
Humana$1,500
Total Raised in 2012$122,162
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Thurston won re-election to the Florida House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Thurston raised a total of $40,443.

2008

Thurston won re-election to the Florida House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Thurston raised a total of $39,650.

2006

Thurston won election to the Florida House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Thurston raised a total of $142,251.

1998

Thurston lost the election for the Florida House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Thurston raised a total of $31,103.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Hazelle Rogers (D)
Florida House of Representatives District 94
2012–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Florida House of Representatives District 93
2006–2012
Succeeded by
George Moraitis (R)