Freshman Class of the 112th Congress

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Steve Southerland (R-2nd District)

About: A small business owner, Southerland has never held elected office. However, he was appointed by former Governor Jeb Bush to serve as chairman of the Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida. He will have a seat on the Agriculture Committee in the new Congress.

Election Results:
Steve Southerland (R): 53.5%
Allen Boyd (D): 41.4%


Rich Nugent (R-5th District)

About: A former Air National guardsman, Nugent was elected three times as sheriff of Hernando County before winning the House seat vacated by Republican Ginny Brown-Waite. In Congress, he will serve on the Homeland Security and Veterans' Affairs committees.

Election Results:
Rich Nugent (R): 67.4%
James Piccillo (D): 32.6%


Daniel Webster (R-8th District)

About: Webster, a veteran of Florida politics who has served as both speaker of the Florida House of Representatives and state Senate majority leader, won convincingly after a fierce campaign in which his opponent labeled him "Taliban Dan" in a widely criticized ad. He will serve on the House Transportation Committee.

Election Results:
Daniel Webster (R): 56.1%
Alan Grayson (D): 38.2%


Dennis Ross (R-12th District)

About: Lawyer Dennis Ross succeeded Adam Putnam in the Florida House of Representatives in 2000 when Putnam was elected to the U.S. House. Ross will again succeed Putnam – who is leaving to serve as Florida’s commissioner of agriculture – when he takes his seat in Congress this week. He will serve on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Election Results:
Dennis Ross (R): 48.1%
Lori Edwards (D): 41.1%


Frederica Wilson (D-17th District)

About: After serving four years in the Florida House of Representatives and nine years in the Florida State Senate, Wilson bested a nine person field in the Democratic primary to fill the seat vacated by Kendrick Meek, who ran unsuccessfully for Senate.

Election Results:
Frederica Wilson (D): 86.3%
Roderick Vereen (I): 13.7%


Allen West (R-22nd District)

About: West, a retired lieutenant colonel in the United States Army, ran and won one of the most high profile races in the country, knocking off Democrat Ron Klein in a rematch of their 2008 race. West becomes the first African-American GOP congressman from Florida since 1876 and joins South Carolina’s Tim Scott as one of two black GOP congressmen elected this year. West has been appointed to serve on the House Armed Services Committee and the Small Business Committee.

Election Results:
Allen West (R): 54.3%
Ron Klein (D): 45.7%


Sandy Adams (R-24th District)

About: A former deputy sheriff in Orange County, Adams was elected to the Florida House in 2002. She has been appointed to sit on the House Judiciary Committee.

Election Results:
Sandy Adams (R): 59.7%
Suzanne Kosmas (D): 40.3%


David Rivera (R-25th District)

About: Rivera served four terms in the Florida House of Representatives but jumped into the race for the 25th District when Republican incumbent Mario Diaz-Balart announced he would switch and run for his retiring brother’s seat in the 21st District. Rivera will serve on the Natural Resources Committee and the Foreign Affairs Committee.

Election Results:
David Rivera (R): 52.4%
Joe Garcia (D): 42.4%

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