Garrett Richter

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Garrett Richter
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Member of the Florida Senate
from the 23rd district
Assumed office
Preceded by Nancy C. Detert
Member of the Florida Senate
from the 37th district
In office
Preceded by Burt Saunders
Succeeded by Anitere Flores
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 76th district
In office
Preceded by J. Dudley Goodlette
Succeeded by Tom Grady
Personal details
Born (1950-08-01) August 1, 1950 (age 64)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Diana Richter
Alma mater University of Pittsburgh (B.S.)
Profession banker
Religion Presbyterian

Garrett Richter (born on August 1, 1950) is a Republican member of the Florida Senate, representing the 23rd District, which includes parts of Collier and Lee Counties since 2012.


Richter was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1950 and moved to Florida in 1987 after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 1985. He played a role in establishing the First National Bank of Florida and the First National Bank of the Gulf Coast. In 2006, Richter sought election to the Florida House of Representatives from the 76th District following the retirement of incumbent State Representative J. Dudley Goodlette. He received his party's nomination unopposed and defeated Constitution Party candidate Ken McPherson with 77% of the vote.

Florida Senate[edit]

When incumbent State Senator Burt Saunders retired from the Senate to run for Congress in 2008, Richter ran to succeed him. He was elected to the 37th District of the State Senate unopposed. In 2012, when the Florida Senate districts were redrawn, he ran in the 23rd District, and again won unopposed.

In 2013, following the resignation of Lieutenant Governor of Florida Jennifer Carroll in an illegal gambling controversy, Richter, the Chairman of the Senate Gaming Committee, played a leading role in passing legislation to make internet-based gambling devices illegal.[1] Richter praised the state of Florida's budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year, noting, "I believe the budget meets the priority needs for the state of Florida and at the same time has just under $3 billion in reserves and does not have any increases in taxes. The combination of all those comments is a successful, fiscally responsible budget for the state of Florida."[2] He also spoke forcefully for the passage of legislation "that exempts certain manufacturing equipment from the state's sales tax," specifically calling out a business in his district when he said, "It's important to communities like Naples that have manufacturing entities that produce a product and distribute a product, in the case of Arthrex, around the world."[3]

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