Richard Nugent

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Richard B. Nugent
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U.S. House, Florida, District 11
In office
January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PredecessorKathy Castor (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,119,159
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Sheriff, Hernando County, Florida
Bachelor'sSt. Leo College [1]
Master'sTroy State University [2]
Military service
Service/branchIllinois Air National Guard
Years of service1969-1975
BirthdayMay 26, 1951
Place of birthEvergreen Park, Illinois [3]
Net worth$1,091,503
Office website
Campaign website
Richard B. Nugent campaign logo
Richard B. Nugent (b. May 26, 1951 in Evergreen Park, Illinois) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Nugent was elected by voters from Florida's 11th congressional district.

Due to redistricting, Nugent ran for re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Florida's 11th District, rather than the 5th district he previously represented.[4][5] Nugent was first elected to the 5th district in 2010.[6]

Nugent is a signer of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.[7]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Nugent is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.


Nugent is a native of Evergreen Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. His father was a steel worker and his mother was a homemaker.

Nugent graduated from St. Leo College, located in St. Leo, Pasco County, Florida with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. He went on to earn a Master of Arts Degree from Troy State University. In 1991 Congressman Nugent graduated from the FBI National Academy [6].

Right out of high school Nugent joined the Illinois Air National Guard. Nugent was honorably discharged after six years. Afterward, he decided to continue serving as a police officer in the city of Romeoville, Illinois[6]. After serving as a police officer in Romeoville for 12 years and achieving the rank of Sergeant, Nugent and his family moved to Hernando County, Florida in 1984, where he joined the Hernando County Sheriff's office as a deputy.[6]


Committee assignments

U.S. House


Nugent serves on the following committees:[8]


Nugent served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


Nugent's campaign website listed the following issues:[11]

  • Stop Reckless Government Spending and Control Our National Debt
Excerpt: " I am committed to fighting against the out of control spending in Washington. Since President Obama has taken over, the national debt has skyrocketed and now each taxpayer owes more than $136,000. I brought the Balanced Budget Amendment to the House floor to stop that and led the debate on behalf of Republicans. "
  • Give Our Families & Small Businesses Tax Relief
Excerpt: " I will not support any legislation that would raise taxes on hardworking Americans. Our tax code has become complicated, outdated, and riddled with loopholes. I will work to simplify the tax code so that all Americans can easily prepare their taxes, including small businesses. Small businesses are the job creators and I will do everything in my power to encourage entrepreneurship and bring jobs to the Fifth Congressional District. "
  • Oppose the Government Takeover of Healthcare
Excerpt: " I oppose President Obama and Speaker Pelosi’s takeover of healthcare and have voted to repeal it. Obamacare will add hundreds of billions of dollars to the federal deficit and will do nothing to reduce costs. I oppose the President’s cuts to Medicare and will fight to ensure you can keep the coverage you already have. We need common sense solutions that actually reduce the cost of healthcare for everyone. "
  • Secure Our Borders
Excerpt: " I received an “A” grade from Numbers USA for my legislative record on fighting illegal immigration. Washington has failed to secure our borders for years now. I will continue to use my law enforcement experience to push my colleagues toward practical solutions that will ensure that our borders are sealed and our immigration laws are strengthened and enforced. I will never support amnesty for those who enter our country illegally. "
  • Protect Our Rights
Excerpt: " I also received a 100% rating from the Christian Coalition. I support pro-life and pro-family legislation. I will work in defense of parental rights, religious liberty, and the definition of marriage as a union between one man and one woman. I have and will continue to support the rights of Americans to own firearms. "

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Nugent voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[12]



See also: Florida's 11th congressional district elections, 2012

Due to redisctricting, Nugent was running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Florida's 11th District. Nugent won the nomination on the Republican ticket.[13] The signature filing deadline was May 7, 2012, with the primary taking place on August 14, 2012. Nugent ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012.[4] He was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[14]

U.S. House, Florida District 11 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRichard B. Nugent Incumbent 64.5% 218,360
     Democratic David Werder 35.5% 120,303
Total Votes 338,663
Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Nugent is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Nugent raised a total of $1,119,159 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 4, 2013.[16]

Richard Nugent's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House, (Florida, District 11) Won $600,550
2010 U.S. House (Florida, District 5) Won $518,609
Grand Total Raised $1,119,159


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Nugent's reports.[17]

Richard Nugent (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[18]4/12/2013$51,312.17$29,620$(37,172.64)$43,759.53
July Quarterly[19]7/15/2013$43,759.53$79,002.11$(33,186.98)$89,574.66
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Nugent's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Nugent won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Nugent's campaign committee raised a total of $600,551 and spent $549,894.[20]


Breakdown of the source of Nugent's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Nugent won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Nugent's campaign committee raised a total of $518,609 and spent $506,954.[21]

U.S. House of Representatives, Florida's 5th Congressional District, 2010 - Richard Nugent Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $518,609
Total Spent $506,954
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $146,686
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $149,580
Top contributors to Richard Nugent's campaign committee
The Villages$21,600
US Army$14,500
DAB Constructors$14,400
American Bankers Assn$10,000
Every Republican is Crucial PAC$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Leadership PACs$61,374
Real Estate$48,245
Candidate Committees$20,500
General Contractors$19,150


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Nugent is a "rank and file Republican," as of June 11, 2013.[22]

Like-minded colleagues

The website Open Congress, tracks whom from each party each member of Congress votes most and least often with.[23]

Nugent most often votes with:

Nugent least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Nugent missed 11 of 1,695 roll call votes from Jan 2011 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 0.6%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[24]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Nugent paid his congressional staff a total of $735,945 in 2011. He ranks 18th on the list of the lowest paid Republican Representative Staff Salaries and he ranks 20th overall of the lowest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Florida ranks 36th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[25]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Nugent's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $517,009 and $1,665,998. That averages to $1,091,503, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth increased by 53.95% from 2010.[26]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Nugent's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $253,005 and $1,164,997. That averages to $709,001, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[27]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Nugent ranked 108th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[28]


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Nugent ranked 107th in the conservative rankings.[29]

Voting with party


Richard Nugent voted with the Republican Party 98.7% of the time, which ranked 48th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[30]


Nugent married his wife, Wendy, in 1975. [31] Together they have three boys: Ryan, Kyle, and Casey. [31]

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External links


  1. Saint Leo University "History" Accessed October 17, 2011
  2. Richard Nugent (R-FL) "Congressman Richard Nugent, Richard Nugent of Florida
  3. 2010 Florida House Candidate Richard Nugent "Richard Nugent" Accessed October 17, 2011
  4. 4.0 4.1 AP Results "U.S. House Results" Accessed August 14, 2012
  5. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Richard Nugent, Representing the 5th District of Florida "Biography" Accessed October 17, 2011
  7. Americans for Tax Reform "113th Congress" Accessed June 11, 2013
  8., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  9. House Committee on Rules "Members of the Committee on Rules" Accessed October 17, 2011
  10. Committee on House Administration "Members" Accessed October 17, 2011
  11. Campaign website, Issues
  12. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  13. The Gainsville Sun "Stearns says he will run in new 3rd Congressional District" Accessed February 14, 2012
  14. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. Open Secrets "Richard B. Nugent" Accessed April 4, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission "Richard Nugent 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 22, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed July 22, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed July 22, 2013
  20. Open Secrets "Richard Nugent 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 13, 2013
  21. Open Secrets "Richard B. Nugent 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 27, 2011
  22. Gov Track "Nugent" Accessed June 11, 2013
  23. OpenCongress, "Rep. Richard Nugent," Accessed July 31, 2013
  24. GovTrack, "Richard Nugent," Accessed March 29, 2013
  25. LegiStorm "Richard Nugent"
  26., "Richard Nugent (R-Fla), 2011"]
  27., "Nugent, (R-Florida), 2010"
  28. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 27, 2013
  29. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  30. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  31. 31.0 31.1 Richard Nugent for Congress "Meet Rich" Accessed February 14, 2012
Political offices
Preceded by
Kathy Castor (D)
U.S. House of Representatives - Florida District 11
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Ginny Brown-Waite
U.S. House of Representatives - Florida District 5
Succeeded by
Corrine Brown (D)