Ron Saunders

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Ron Saunders
Ron Saunders.jpg
Florida House Of Representatives District 120
Former member
In office
1986 - 1994, 2006 - November 16, 2012
Minority Leader, Florida House of Representatives
2010 - 2012
Base salary$29,697/year
Per diem$133/per day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2006
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
Bachelor'sUniversity of Florida (1976)
Date of birthOctober 30, 1954
Place of birthKey West, Florida
Office website
Ron Saunders was the Democratic House Minority Leader of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 120th District from 1986-94 and again from 2006 to 2012.

Saunders ran in the 2012 election for Florida State Senate District 39.

Saunders works as an attorney, and has been a restaurant owner.

He is a member of Elks Lodge #551, Florida Bar Young Lawyers Section Board of Governors, Chair of the Florida Keys Community College Board of Trustees, President of the Florida Keys Land and Sea Trust, President of the Key West Jaycees, Director of Community Service for the Key West Rotary Club, and is a member of Mensa.[1]


Saunders 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]

Saunders's sponsored legislation includes:

  • HB 95 - "Distribution of Proceeds from Excise Taxes on Documents: Removes limitation on amount of such proceeds to be deposited into State Housing Trust Fund each fiscal year; retroactively repeals conflicting version of statute."
  • HB 99 - "Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles: Decreases fees & charges for reinstatement of driver license, certificates of title, registration of motor vehicle, license plates, validation decals, & mobile home stickers, initial registration application for certain vehicles, driver's license examinations, services & documents, driver's licenses, return of license suspended, & DUI program enrollment"
  • HB 497 - "Transportation Facilities: Revises criteria for evaluation by DOT of certain public-private project proposals; provides that determination that project is in public's best interest be evidenced by business case prepared under specified provisions & submitted to Council on Efficient Government"

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

Committee assignments


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


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



See also: Florida State Senate elections, 2012

Saunders ran in the 2012 election for Florida State Senate District 39. Saunders was defeated by Dwight Bullard in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012.[3]

Florida State Senate, District 39 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDwight Bullard 35.3% 10,844
Ron Saunders 30.3% 9,327
James Bush III 27.6% 8,478
John Johnson 3.8% 1,168
Sal Gutierrez 3% 933
Total Votes 30,750


See also: Florida House of Representatives elections, 2010

Saunders ran for re-election to the 120th District seat in 2010. He did not have any opposition in the August 24 primary. Saunders defeated Morgan McPherson (R) and Henry Llorella (Tea Party) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[4]

Florida House of Representatives, District 120
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Ron Saunders (D) 22,301 55.4%
Morgan McPherson (R) 15,718 39.0%
Henry Llorella (TEA) 2,233 5.5%


In 2008, Saunders won re-election to the Florida House of Representatives from Florida's 120th District. Saunders ran unopposed in the election. He raised $161,443 for his campaign.[5]

Campaign donors


In 2010, Saunders raised $283,886 in contributions. [6]

His three largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Saunders, Ron $33,447
Florida Democratic Party $19,125
Florida Hospital Association $2,500


Below are Saunders's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[7]

Contributor 2008 total
Ron E Saunders $22,353
FL Home Builders Assoc $3,500
FL Cable Telecommunications Assoc $2,000
Real Property Probate & Trust Law Section of the FL Bar Assoc $2,000
Dade County Classroom Teachers Assoc $1,500

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Preceded by
Florida House of Representatives District 120
Succeeded by
Holly Merrill Raschein (R)