Bob Allen (Florida politician)

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Bob Allen
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the Florida House 32nd district
In office
January 25, 2000 – November 16, 2007
Succeeded by Tony Sasso
Personal details
Born (1958-09-30) September 30, 1958 (age 55)
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Beth Elaine Allen
Residence Merritt Island
Alma mater Valencia Community College
Profession Economic Development/Education
Religion Protestant

Bob Allen (born 1958) is a former American politician who was a Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives from 2000 until 2007, representing Florida's 32nd district. His district included portions of Brevard and Orange Counties.

He made headlines in 2007 after being arrested for offering $20 for the opportunity to perform fellatio on an undercover male police officer[1] in the restroom of a public park and was released on bail. Since the time of his arrest, Allen has maintained his innocence, stating that he believed the undercover police officer was trying to rob him, and that he only offered to perform oral sex because he felt intimidated by the muscular police officer.[2][3] Allen was convicted on November 9, 2007, and sentenced to six months' probation, and was fined $250.[4] He resigned from the Florida House of Representatives on November 16, 2007.

Newsweek's June 7, 2010 issue's BACK STORY listed Allen, among others, as a prominent conservative politician who has a record of anti-gay legislation and is later caught in a gay sex scandal.[5]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in 1958, Allen was raised in Florida and received his Associate of Arts degree from Valencia Community College.

Political career[edit]

Before being elected to the Florida Congress, Allen served as executive director of Martin County's Economic Council.[6]

Florida House of Representatives[edit]

Rep. Allen served on the following committees:

  • Committee on Energy
  • Environmental and Natural Resources Council[citation needed]

Allen was co-chair of Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign in Florida,[1] but resigned following his conviction.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Florida State Representative Accused of Offering to Perform Oral Sex Claims Innocence Fox News, July 27, 2007
  2. ^ Florida State Rep. Bob Allen resigns amidst sex conviction Associated Press, as reprinted in EDGE Boston, November 20, 2007
  3. ^ CNN Report: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmeGpAzPIho
  4. ^ No jail time for Rep. Bob Allen Orlando Sentinel, 15 November 2007.
  5. ^ Connolly, Katie (June 7, 2010), "Sex Scandals Through the Years: Both Parties Even", Newsweek: 58 
  6. ^ Four Republicans seek party's nod for ex-Rep. Bob Allen's seat Dean, James. Florida Today, January 23, 2008.

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Preceded by
Bill Posey
Florida Representative, 32nd District
January 25, 2000 – November 16, 2007
Succeeded by
Tony Sasso