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Steve Southerland II
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U.S. House, Florida, District 2
In office
January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 4
PredecessorAllen Boyd (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,115,028
Term limitsN/A
High schoolA. Crawford Mosley High School (1983)
Associate'sJefferson State Junior College [1]
Bachelor'sTroy State University
Date of birthOctober 10, 1965
Place of birthNashville, Tennessee
ProfessionBusinessman, Mortician
Net worth$2,826,001
Office website
Campaign website
Steve Southerland II campaign logo
William Steve Southerland, II (b. October 10, 1965, in Nashville, Tennessee) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Southerland was elected by voters from Florida's 2nd congressional district.

Southerland was first elected in 2010 and was re-elected in 2012.[2]

Southerland is a member of the National Republican Congressional Committee's Patriot Program and a signer of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.[3][4]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Southerland is one of the most reliable Republican votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Republican Party in Congress.


Southerland is a lifelong resident of Panama City, Florida. He is the fourth generation of five in his family to live in Bay County.

Education: [5]

  • 1983: A. Crawford Mosley High School
  • Jefferson State Junior College, A.A. degree in Mortuary Science
  • Troy State University, B.S. degree in Business Management


Below is a summary of Southerland's professional achievements:[5]

  • Current Co-Owner and President of Southerland Family Funeral Homes, founded in 1955
  • Two term member of the Florida Board of Funeral Directors (Gubernatorial Appointment)
  • Two term Chairman of the Florida Board of Funeral Directors
  • Founding partner in Genesis Granite and Stone, LLC]
  • Founding partner in K & B Land and Timber Company, LLC
  • Past Member of the Florida Funeral Directors Association
  • Past Member of the National Funeral Directors Association
  • Member of the Leaders Network (personal and professional growth organization)

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Southerland serves on the following committees:[6]


Campaign themes


Southerland's campaign website lists the following issues:[8]

  • Fixing the Economy by Empowering Job Creators
Excerpt: "The problem today is that too many Washington politicians believe they can fix our economy. In reality, what government needs to do is get out of the way. Only by unleashing our job creators to do what they do best can we truly ignite a long term economic recovery. As a small business owner, Steve understands this all too well. He’s met a payroll and created local jobs. And he’s brought that small business common sense to Washington."
  • Lowering Taxes So You Can Keep More of Your Money
Excerpt: "If there is one area where almost all Floridians can agree that we’ve had enough, it is in the enormous tax burden weighing down families and small businesses. We must drastically reduce taxes in order to stimulate this economy."
  • Keeping The Commitment To Our Seniors
Excerpt: "Steve believes the federal government must honor the commitments that have been made to our seniors. As Congress debates the future of Medicare and Social Security, Americans who are at or near retirement age deserve the peace of mind in knowing that they will receive their Medicare and Social Security benefits, while ensuring the solvency of both programs for future generations. That’s exactly what Steve is fighting to do."
  • Shrinking Spending and Reducing the Size of Government
Excerpt: "For years, both Democrat and Republican politicians contributed to America’s crippling national debt. With little concern for our children and grandchildren, both parties became addicted to wasteful Washington spending. Well, times have finally changed."
  • Family: The Foundation of America
Excerpt: "Without question, the basic fundamental unit of any civil society is the family. Other than personal individual freedoms, no issue is more critical than issues concerning the family. There is no greater commitment that can be made than the commitment between a husband and wife. It is from that union that the family is birthed and the next generation of American citizens is born."

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Southerland 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.[9]



See also: Florida's 2nd congressional district elections, 2014

Southerland ran for re-election to the U.S. House, representing the 2nd congressional district of Florida. Southerland is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary. The general election takes place on November 4, 2014.

Southerland is a member of the National Republican Congressional Committee's Patriot Program. The program is designed to assist vulnerable Republican incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[10]


See also: Florida's 2nd congressional district elections, 2012

Southerland ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Florida's 2nd District. Southerland ran on the Republican ticket. Leonard Bembry, Jay Liles, Alvin Peters, and Alfred Lawson ran as Democrats, while Nancy Argenziano ran as an Independent. Primary elections were held on August 14, 2012. Southerland ran unopposed in the Republican primary. He was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[11]

U.S. House, Florida District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Southerland II Incumbent 52.7% 175,856
     Democratic Al Lawson 47.2% 157,634
     Independent Floyd Patrick Miller 0.1% 228
Total Votes 333,718
Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Southerland is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Southerland raised a total of $3,115,028 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 3, 2013.[13]

Steve Southerland II's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House, (Florida, District 2) Won $1,823,957
2010 U.S. House, (Florida, District 2) Won $1,291,071
Grand Total Raised $3,115,028


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Southerland's reports.[14]

Steve Southerland (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[15]4/15/2013$101,781.70$53,658.68$(55,162.33)$10,027.14
July Quarterly[16]7/15/2013$100,278.14$464,990.62$(88,528.75)$476,740.01
Running totals


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

Southerland won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Southerland's campaign committee raised a total of $1,823,957 and spent $1,722,317.[17] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[18]

Cost per vote

Southerland spent $9.79 per vote received in 2012.


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

Southerland won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Southerland's campaign committee raised a total of $1,291,071 and spent $1,290,929.[19]


Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Southerland is a "moderate Republican follower," as of June 10, 2013.[20]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[21]

Southerland most often votes with:

Southerland least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Southerland missed 4 of 1,695 roll call votes from Jan 2011 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 0.2%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[22]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Southerland paid his congressional staff a total of $802,265 in 2011. He ranks 50th on the list of the lowest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranks 57th 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.[23]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Southerland was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Southerland's staff was given an apparent $24,500.00 in bonus money.[24]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Souterland's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $500,0004 and $5,151,998. That averages to $2,826,001, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth did not change from 2010.[25]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Southerland's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $500,004 and $5,151,998. That averages to $2,826,001, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[26]

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. Southerland ranked 34th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[27]


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Southerland ranked 40th in the conservative rankings.[28]

Voting with party

Steve Southerland II voted with the Republican Party 98.8% of the time, which ranked 20th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[29]


Southerland and Susan, his wife of 24 years, met in the first grade and have spent most of their formative years together. Steve and Susan have 4 daughters, Samantha (20), Stephanie (18), Allison (14), and Abby (12). [30] [5] They reside in Panama City, Florida.[30]

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External links


  1. Southerland Family Funeral Homes and Crematory:About Us:Staff "Steve Southerland II " Accessed October 17, 2011
  2. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  3. Americans for Tax Reform "113th Congress" Accessed June 11, 2013
  4. The Washington Post, "11 House Republicans named to incumbent-protection program," April 22, 2013
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Southerland for Congress "About Steve Southerland" Accessed October 17, 2011
  6., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Congressman Steve Southerland "Committee Assignments" Accessed October 17, 2011
  8. Campaign website, Issues
  9. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  10. The Washington Post, "11 House Republicans named to incumbent-protection program," April 22, 2013
  11. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. Open Secrets "Steve Southerland II" Accessed April 3, 2012
  14. Federal Election Commission "Steve Southerland II Summary reports," Accessed July 18, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed July 18, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed July 18, 2013
  17. [ Open Secrets "Steve Southerland 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 13, 2013]
  18. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  19. Open Secrets "Steve Southerland 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 9, 2011
  20. Gov Track "Southerland" Accessed June 10, 2013
  21. OpenCongress, "Rep. Steve Southerland," Accessed July 31, 2013
  22. GovTrack, "Steve Southerland," Accessed March 29, 2013
  23. LegiStorm "Steve Southerland"
  24. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  25., "Southerland (R-Fla), 2011"
  26., "Southerland, (R-Florida), 2010"
  27. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 27, 2013
  28. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  29. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  30. 30.0 30.1 Congressman Steve Southerland "Full Biography" Accessed October 17,2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Allen Boyd
U.S. House of Representatives - Florida District 2
Succeeded by