Dennis K. Baxley
|Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 23rd district
November 16, 2010
|Preceded by||Kurt Kelly|
November 2000 – June 26, 2007
|Succeeded by||Kurt Kelly|
|Born||August 22, 1952|
Dennis K. Baxley (born August 22, 1952 in Ocala, Florida) is a member of the Florida House of Representatives (Preceded by Democratic Florida House Representative Charles Chestnut IV for the 23rd District).
Baxley has served twice in the Florida House. He first served from 2000-2007 (serving as Speaker pro tempore from 2006 to June 12, 2007). After being subject to term limits, Baxley ran again in 2009 (the Florida Constitution allows term-limited legislators to run again after one term) and regained his seat.
Baxley is considered a social conservative, and served as executive director of the Christian Coalition of Florida for 18 months ending in June 2009. Baxley was involved in the Terri Schiavo case, as well as gun rights issues.
Baxley also served as Mayor/Commissioner of Belleview, Florida, from 1982 to 1983.
He received an Associate of Arts degree from Central Florida Community College in 1972 and a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology and psychology from the Florida State University in 1974. In addition, he received an Associate of Science degree in funeral services from Miami-Dade Community College in 1975. Baxley lives in Ocala, Florida with his family.
Dennis Baxley was one of the authors of Florida's Stand Your Ground Law, which is currently being used to justify George Zimmerman's controversial pursuit and shooting of Trayvon Martin. Baxley has gone on record to say that the law does not properly apply in the Martin shooting case.