|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 13th district
March 11, 2014
|Preceded by||Bill Young|
October 31, 1972 |
Dunedin, Florida, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Carrie Jolly (1999–2014; divorced)|
|Alma mater||Emory University
George Mason University
David Wilson Jolly (born October 31, 1972) is an American attorney, former lobbyist and the U.S. Representative for Florida's 13th congressional district. A Republican, he previously served as general counsel to his predecessor, U.S. Rep. Bill Young. He won the race for Young's seat as the Republican candidate in a 2014 special election against Democrat Alex Sink and Libertarian Lucas Overby.
Early life, education and career
Jolly was born in Dunedin, Florida. He received his Bachelor of Arts in history from Emory University and a juris doctorate from the George Mason University School of Law. He worked for U.S. Rep. Young as an adviser and General Counsel until 2007.
In 2007, Jolly began work as a lobbyist with Washington, D.C. firm Van Scoyoc Associates. Eventually, he opened his own firm, Three Bridges Advisors in 2011, and contributed political donations to both Republicans and Democrats during his time as a lobbyist. Jolly officially had his name removed from the Lobby Registry to run for the vacant House seat.
Jolly opposes the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare", and says he has goals of lowering taxes and cutting spending. He believes Israel is one of the premier allies of the United States and has a goal of not cutting the United States commitment to the military and to its allies. He is pro-life, says that he "support[s] the constitutional right to keep and bear arms", and opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants. He supports the Balanced Budget Amendment, and says he would have voted to raise the debt limit in early 2014.
On July 21, 2014, Jolly announced his support for same-sex marriage, stating that he believes that it is "fully appropriate" for a state to recognize both same-sex marriages and "traditional" ones.
- Committee on Appropriations
2014 special election
On January 14, 2014, Jolly won the Republican nomination over Mark Bircher and Kathleen Peters. After Jolly won the Republican nomination, the National Republican Congressional Committee spent nearly $500,000 on advertising on his behalf. However, there was friction between the national committee and Jolly, who criticized the advertising. Jolly downplayed the differences, stating that he and the Republican Party stood for the same things.
2014 general election
Jolly ran for reelection to his first full term in November of 2014. He was unopposed in the Republican primary, and no Democrat ran against him in the general election; his only challenger was Lucas Overby, the Libertarian nominee who came in third in the special election one year prior. Jolly easily defeated Overby with 75% of the vote.
|Republican primary results|
|Florida's 13th Congressional District special election, 2014 |
|Florida's 13th Congressional District election, 2014|
|Write-in||Michael Stephen Levinson||86||.04%|
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- David Jolly for Congress website
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- Issues, davidjolly.com; accessed November 12, 2014.
- Smith, Adam C. (March 3, 2014). "David Jolly campaigns as a C.W. Bill Young Republican, but which one?". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved March 9, 2014.
- Rep. Dave Jolly (R-FL) supports gay marriage, washingtonpost.com, July 21, 2014; accessed November 12, 2014.
- "Florida - Summary Vote Results: U.S. House - District 13 - GOP Primary". Associated Press. Retrieved January 14, 2014.
- Isenstadt, Alex (March 7, 2014). "National GOP turns on Florida candidate". Politico.com. Retrieved 2014-03-10.
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- Pinellas - Election Results
- "November 4, 2014 General Election Official Results". Florida Department of State Division of Elections. Retrieved January 1, 2015.
- Congressman David Jolly official U.S. House site
- David Jolly for Congress
- David Jolly at DMOZ
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Project Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at The Library of Congress
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 13th congressional district
|United States order of precedence (ceremonial)|
|United States Representatives by seniority