Andy Ireland

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Andrew Poysell Ireland
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 10th district
In office
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1993
Preceded by Louis A. Bafalis
Succeeded by Bill Young
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 8th district
In office
January 3, 1977 – January 3, 1983
Preceded by James A. Haley
Succeeded by Bill Young
Member of the
City Commission
of Winter Haven, Florida
In office
1966–1968
Personal details
Born (1930-08-23) August 23, 1930 (age 84)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Political party Democrat, Republican from July 5, 1984)
Alma mater Phillips Academy; Yale University, B.S., 1948; Columbia University, 1952 Louisiana State University, School of Banking of the South, 1953-1954;.

Andrew Poysell "Andy" Ireland (born August 23, 1930) was a U.S. Representative from Florida.

Born to a wealthy family in Cincinnati, Ohio, he attended a prestigious private school within the city. He finished his high school career at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. Ireland studied business at Yale University and did his graduate studies at Columbia University.

Ireland joined Barnett National Bank in Jacksonville, Florida in 1954, and in 1962 he became the president, chairman and chief executive officer, of American National Bank of Winter Haven, Florida. From 1968 to 1970, Ireland served as a member of the board of the Federal Reserve Bank in Atlanta, Georgia.

Ireland became involved in politics in 1966, when he successfully ran for the position of Winter Haven city commissioner. In 1981, he served as a delegate to the United Nations. Ireland was elected as a Democrat to the 95th United States Congress and to the three succeeding Congresses. However, on July 5, 1984, he switched party affiliation and continued in office as a Republican. Ireland was reelected as a Republican to the 99th United States Congress and to the three succeeding Congresses. He served in the House of Representatives from January 3, 1977 to January 3, 1993 before retiring. Ireland is a resident of Boca Grande, Florida and an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox.

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Government offices
Preceded by
Director of the
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Jacksonville Branch

1968 – 1970
Succeeded by
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Delegate to the
United Nations General Assembly

1981 – 1981
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by
Member of the Winter Haven, Florida
City Commission

1966 – 1968
Succeeded by
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
James A. Haley
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 8th congressional district

1977–1983
Succeeded by
Bill Young
Preceded by
Louis A. Bafalis
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 10th congressional district

1983–1993
Succeeded by
Bill Young