|44th Governor of Florida|
January 2, 2007 – January 4, 2011
|Preceded by||Jeb Bush|
|Succeeded by||Rick Scott|
|35th Attorney General of Florida|
January 7, 2003 – January 2, 2007
|Preceded by||Richard Doran|
|Succeeded by||Bill McCollum|
|21st Education Commissioner of Florida|
January 3, 2001 – January 7, 2003
|Preceded by||Tom Gallagher|
|Succeeded by||Jim Horne|
|Born||Charles Joseph Crist, Jr.
July 24, 1956
Altoona, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Political party||Republican (1974-2010)
|Spouse(s)||Amanda Morrow (1979–1980)
Carole Rome (2008–present)
|Residence||St. Petersburg, Florida|
|Alma mater||Wake Forest University
Florida State University
|Religion||United Methodist Church|
Charles Joseph "Charlie" Crist, Jr. (//; born July 24, 1956) is an American attorney and politician who served as the 44th Governor of Florida from 2007 to 2011. Crist began his political career as a Republican, serving in the Florida Senate from 1993 to 1999, running unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in 1998 and then serving as Florida Education Commissioner from 2001 to 2003 and Florida Attorney General from 2003 to 2007 before being elected Governor in 2006.
Crist declined to run for re-election as Governor in 2010, instead announcing on May 12, 2009, that he was running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by then-fellow Republican Mel Martinez. After initially leading in the race for the Republican nomination, he was overtaken in the polls by Tea Party candidate Marco Rubio and in April 2010, Crist left the Republican Party and became an Independent. In the general election, he lost to Rubio in a three-way race, taking 30% of the vote to Rubio's 49% and Democratic nominee Kendrick Meek's 20%. Crist's term as Governor ended in January 2011. On December 7, 2012, he joined the Democratic Party, having endorsed President Barack Obama for re-election in 2012. On November 1, 2013, he announced that he was running for governor in the 2014 election.
- 1 Early life and education
- 2 Early career
- 3 Political career
- 4 Political positions
- 5 Personal life
- 6 Books
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Early life and education
Crist was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania on July 24, 1956, to Charles Joseph Crist, Sr., an American physician of Greek Cypriot and Lebanese descent, and Nancy (née Lee), of Scots-Irish, Swiss, and Welsh descent. His family name is adapted from the original Greek name "Christodoulou". Crist moved to St. Petersburg, Florida, as a child, where he attended Riviera Middle School and graduated from St. Petersburg High School in 1974. He is the second of four children and has three sisters: Margaret Crist Wood, Elizabeth Crist Hyden, and Catherine Crist Kennedy. He attended Wake Forest University for two years, where he played quarterback for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons football team. Crist earned his undergraduate degree from Florida State University where he was elected Vice President of the student body and became a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. He received his J.D. from Samford University Cumberland School of Law.
After graduating from the Samford University Law School in 1981, and having passed the bar on his third attempt, Crist was hired as general counsel to Minor League Baseball, which was headquartered in St. Petersburg. Drawn to politics, Crist was a candidate for public office for the first time in 1986, as a Republican, in the primary race for a state Senate seat in Pinellas County. After losing in a runoff, Crist joined his brother-in-law in private practice in St. Petersburg, but soon returned to politics as an aide in the successful 1988 United States Senate campaign of Connie Mack III, whom he has since described as his political mentor.
Crist was elected to the Florida Senate in 1992, representing parts of St. Petersburg, defeating longtime incumbent Democratic State Senator Helen Gordon Davis of Tampa. Crist was able to unseat Gordon Davis following Florida's redistricting, which created an entirely new state senate district. His victory was credited with ending the 128-year control of the Florida Senate by the Democratic Party, resulting in an even 20-20 tie in Senate between the Democrats and Republicans following the 1992 election.
He was known as a law-and-order senator, sponsoring legislation requiring inmates to serve at least 85% of their sentences before becoming eligible for parole. He supported teacher salary increases, charter schools, and a vanity license plate for Everglades conservation. With Crist as chairman, the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee investigated actions of then-governor Lawton Chiles amid allegations that Chiles' campaign had made "scare calls" to senior citizens days before the 1994 gubernatorial election. Chiles testified before the committee and admitted that his campaign had made the calls.
Florida Education Commissioner
Crist gained recognition in 1998 as the Republican challenger to the incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Graham. He lost to Graham by 26 percent. He was elected Education Commissioner of Florida in 2000 – a position he held until it became an appointed office 2003, due to a 1998 constitutional amendment.
Crist left his position after he was elected Attorney General.
Florida Attorney General
In 2002 Crist was elected as the Attorney General in Florida. He received support of his candidacy from the host of America's Most Wanted, John Walsh. Walsh and other supporters of his work commented and cited his work with the Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Crist was praised by civil rights and consumer groups for expanding the powers of the Attorney General, during his time in office. These powers enabled him and Attorneys General in the future to have greater powers when prosecuting in civil rights and fraud cases. He also worked at combatting spam e-mail and froze utility rates. He focused on ending telecom deception and protecting the environment.
In 2004, Crist’s office began to investigate the Lou Pearlman case. Jacqueline Dowd, who was leading the investigation, resigned and John MacGregor, who ended the investigation in 2004, replaced her. In 2006, Les Henderson criticized Crist’s handling of the Lou Pearlman scouting network and the investigation.
Governor of Florida
Crist was inaugurated Governor of Florida on January 2, 2007. He was involved in changing policies including work on the purchase of a large area of sugar plantations. He also worked on education, with Florida rising into the top 10 for K12 education under his control.
He supported capital punishment and gun rights. In 2008 he signed a provision that prevents employers from prohibiting employees' bringing firearms to the workplace, as long as the weapons are secure and individuals maintain a concealed carry license.
His stance on abortion was less clear. As Governor he said that he was pro-life and always had been. He said that he had no plans to change the current law. In 1998 Crist ran for Senate as a pro-choice candidate, and said that he opposes overturning Roe vs. Wade. Crist opposes a mandatory 24-hour waiting period before a woman can undergo an abortion. In the 2010 Senate campaign, Crist presented himself a pro-life Republican but after he lost the Republican nomination, he became an unaffiliated candidate and removed pro-life statements from his campaign website. On June 11, 2010 Crist vetoed a bill which would have removed taxpayer funding for abortion, as well as require a woman to have an ultrasound before having an abortion.
In 2008, Crist supported a ban for same-sex marriage. He said that traditional families provided the best environment for children. In June 2010, he said he no longer supported a ban on same-sex adoption and said “a better way and approach would be to let judges make that decision on a case-by-case basis”. In early 2014, he apologized for his initial stance, saying he had made a mistake.
As an environmental advocate, Crist, in June 2008, proposed the State of Florida buy 187,000 acres (760 km2) from the United States Sugar Corporation for $1.2 billion. The purchase would remove about 187,000 acres of sugar farming for restoration efforts. In front of supporters in Palm Beach County, Crist described the deal "as monumental as our nation's first national park." Economic changes forced the purchase to be reduced to 73,000 acres (300 km2) of sugar and citrus plantations for Everglades restoration projects.
He announced plans to sign executive orders to impose strict air pollution standards in the state, with aims to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent of the 1990 levels, by 2050 . In his gubernatorial campaign, Crist opposed offshore oil drilling. Crist altered that position in June 2008, when oil reached peak prices, saying "I mean, let's face it, the price of gas has gone through the roof, and Florida families are suffering, and my heart bleeds for them." 
Crist endorsed legislation requiring paper records of all ballots cast in an election, after claims that votes were undercounted in black communities by computerized voting machines. He supported a large tax cut which was to total $25 billion over a 5-year period. The tax cut was aimed at property tax relief.
He supported increased regulation of the insurance industry, including property insurance rates (in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina) and health insurance. The Citizen's Property Insurance Corp and the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund have been described as risky and underfunded. Standing next to former football star Dan Marino (whose son, Michael, is autistic and who inspired the Dan Marino Foundation), Crist signed a law expanding health coverage statewide for autism disorders and he has also signed legislation expanding low-income coverage and creating public and private insurance options in the state.
Role in the 2008 presidential election
Senator John McCain endorsed Crist's 2006 campaign for Governor, traveling the state to campaign with him. The day before the general election, Crist held a campaign event with McCain in Jacksonville. Later, when the Republican Presidential primary debates were held in St. Petersburg, Crist embraced McCain. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who had also campaigned for Crist during the gubernatorial election, had sought his endorsement.
In May 2007, Crist signed a bill moving the date of Florida's presidential primary to January 29, 2008, contrary to national political party rules. Crist joined Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm in asking that their states' delegates be seated. Both national conventions ended up seating all delegates, but with only a half vote each for the sanctioned states.
On January 26, 2008, He endorsed McCain in the Republican primary race, saying, "He's a great friend and will do a great job for the United States." McCain later won the primary by five percentage points.
On October 28, 2008 Crist extended early voting hours of operation and declared that a "state of emergency exists" due to record voter turnout and resultant hours-long waits at locations throughout the state.
2010 Senate campaign
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Crist announced May 12, 2009 that he would not run for re-election as Governor in 2010, making him the first Florida governor not to run for reelection since 1964. Instead, he ran for the US Senate, and his main Republican opponent was former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio, in addition to Democratic nominee Kendrick Meek.
Crist announced his intent to run as an unaffiliated candidate in the 2010 senate election, while at the same time, according to a press release from his campaign, he remained a registered Republican. Crist officially changed his registration status to "non party affiliated" on May 13, 2010. Crist did not return campaign contributions made to him while a Republican. Crist lost the Republican primary to Marco Rubio, and then lost the general election, receiving 29.7% of the vote, compared to 48.9% for Rubio and 20.2% for the Democratic Party candidate Meek.
On January 7, 2011, it was announced that Crist would join personal-injury law firm Morgan and Morgan in Tampa. It was confirmed that he would be a part-time instructor at Stetson University College of Law.
2014 gubernatorial election
In July 2013, it was announced that Crist would be releasing a new book and it was in the process of being written. The release hinted he would be running in the 2014 gubernatorial election. The book, released in February 2014, is titled The Party's Over: How the Extreme Right Hijacked the GOP and I Became a Democrat. The book details why Crist became a Democrat and left the Republican Party.
On November 1, 2013, Crist filed to run for governor as a Democrat.
Future of the Republican Party
On November 12–14, 2008, Crist hosted the Republican Governors Association (RGA) annual meeting in Miami. Held the week after the Democratic Party victories in the 2008 election, there was speculation about the tone of the Republican Governors meeting. Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, recently defeated 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, was a featured participant and speaker.
Crist's speech at the RGA conference, "Listen to the Voters and Serve" included his sentiments on how the GOP should evolve:
This party can no longer hope to reach Hispanics, African Americans and other minority groups – we need to just do it. Embracing cultures and lifestyles will make us a better party and better leaders. This desire for inclusiveness is near and dear to my heart... Last week, the American people made a choice and this week, if we choose to call ourselves leaders, if we truly endeavor to serve with a servant's heart for the people who count on us, then we too must work together, listen to one another and learn from the leaders who made the kind of history the American people deserve.
On May 9, 2013, Crist announced that he supports same-sex marriage; “I most certainly support marriage equality in Florida and look forward to the day it happens here.” In both 2006 and 2008, Crist announced his support for the Federal Marriage Amendment although by 2010, he had endorsed adoption rights for gay couples.
In July 1979, Crist married Amanda Morrow; they divorced within a year. Crist became engaged to Carole Rome on July 3, 2008 after 9 months of dating, and was married on December 12 of that year at the First Methodist Church of St. Petersburg, where Crist is a member.
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- The Boston Globe "Calling McCain a true American hero fla governor endorses" [dead link]
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- New York Times "G.O.P. Plans Early-Primary Penalties" http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/29/us/politics/29calendar.html
- Miami Herald "All 114 FL delegates get seats on GOP convention floor" http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2008/08/all-114-fl-dele.html
- CNN " Florida, Michigan get all delegates, but each gets half vote" [dead link]
- Politico "Florida Gov. wants all delegates seated" http://www.politico.com/blogs/thecrypt/0208/Florida_Gov_wants_all_delegates_seated.html
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- Associated Press release (May 9, 2013). "Ex-Republican Charlie Crist backs gay marriage". Wisconsin Gazette. Retrieved 22 May 2013. "The statement marks a shift in Crist's views on gay marriage. He once supported Florida's constitutional ban on gay marriage, but also later said he wouldn't support a similar federal ban."
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