|Member of the Florida Senate
from the 19th district
2003 - 2011
|Succeeded by||Geraldine Thompson|
October 21, 1954 |
Gary Anthony Siplin (born October 21, 1954, in Orlando, Florida) was a Democratic member of the Florida Senate, representing the 19th District since 2003. Previously he was a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 2000 through 2002.
Siplin earned a B.A. in political science from Johnson C. Smith University, where he became a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity. He then attended the University of Pittsburgh, earning an M.A. in Public and International Affairs. His Juris Doctor was earned at the Duquesne University School of Law.
In 2006, he was convicted of third-degree felony grand theft of $5,000 or more, as well as a misdemeanor statutory violation, for using the services of employees for his candidacy. Siplin, however, enjoyed support from leaders in both political parties. In addition to members of the Democratic Party, Florida Senate President Ken Pruitt, a Republican, refused to call for the expulsion of Siplin from the Legislature until his appeals were exhausted.
On December 28, 2007, the Florida Fifth District Court of Appeal reversed his convictions and remanded the case to the trial court with directions that Siplin be acquitted of the felony charge, and that prosecutors be given permission to retry him on the misdemeanor charge.
Siplin ran for his Senate seat again in 2014, losing to incumbent Geraldine Thompson in the primary by a 2 to 1 margin.
Sagging Pants Legislation
Siplin sponsored SB 228, the "droopy drawers" bill in 2011. The bill would require Florida public school districts to add a ban on sagging pants to their dress codes. This legislation was enacted by Governor Scott in May 2011.
In-State Tuition for Non-Citizens
Siplin sponsored a letter to Governor Rick Scott proposing a Special Prosecutor over the Trayvon Martin case. The governor ultimately decided it was in the best interest of the community to elect a Special Prosecutor to the case.
- "Florida 'droopy drawers' bill goes to governor". Associated Press. May 5, 2011.
- "SB 228: Code of Student Conduct". The Florida Senate. Retrieved May 6, 2011.
- "Floridians, Hike Up Your Pants: It’s the Law". Time. May 8, 2011. Retrieved May 8, 2011.
- "Senate rejects bill to give in-state tuition to Florida students who aren’t citizens". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved Feb 16, 2012.
- "Siplin asks for special prosecutor in Trayvon Martin case". Retrieved Mar 12, 2012.
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- Jury Finds Senator Gary Siplin Guilty Of Grand Theft, WFTV.com, August 15, 2006.
- Republican Senate President Ken Pruitt allows Siplin to remain in Florida Senate
- Senator Siplin All Smiles As Probation Gets Delayed By Appeal, WFTV.com, November 29, 2006.
- Gary Siplin official website
- Florida State Legislature - Senator Gary Siplin official government website
- Project Vote Smart - Senator Gary Siplin (FL) profile
- Follow the Money - Gary Siplin
- Siplin v. State, No. 5D06-4071 (Fla. 5th DCA, Dec. 28, 2007)
- Business IT Services Inc Gary Siplin's IT Consultant