Bill Posey

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Bill Posey
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 8th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded by Daniel Webster
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 15th district
In office
January 3, 2009 – January 3, 2013
Preceded by Dave Weldon
Succeeded by Dennis Ross
Member of the Florida Senate
from the 24th district
In office
2003–2009
Preceded by Lisa Carlton
Succeeded by Thad Altman
Member of the Florida Senate
from the 15th district
In office
2001–2003
Preceded by Patsy Ann Kurth
Succeeded by Paula Dockery
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 32nd district
In office
1993–2000
Preceded by Dixie Sansom
Succeeded by Bob Allen
Personal details
Born (1947-12-18) December 18, 1947 (age 67)
Washington, D.C.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Katie Ingram
Residence Rockledge, Florida
Alma mater Brevard Community College
Profession real estate executive
Religion Methodist - UMC

William J. "Bill" Posey[1] (born December 18, 1947) is the U.S. Representative for Florida's 8th congressional district, serving in Congress since 2009. He is a member of the Republican Party. He formerly served in the Florida Senate and the Florida House of Representatives.

Early life, education, and business career[edit]

Posey was born in Washington, D.C., the son of Beatrice (née Tohl) and Walter J. Posey. His mother's family immigrated from Russia.[2] Posey moved to Florida in 1956, as his father took a job in engineering with NASA. In 1969, he graduated from Brevard Community College with an Associate of Arts degree.

He obtained his own work at NASA,[clarification needed] but was laid off at the end of the Apollo Space Program. From 1974 to 1976, Bill Posey worked on the Rockledge Planning Commission. In 1976, he was elected as a member of the City Council, and from 1986 to 1992, he was a member of the Brevard County Business and Industrial Development Commission. Posey then founded his own real estate company in the 1970s. He later became director of the state Association of Realtors. While serving in local politics, he also became a researcher on government accountability and transparency.

Florida legislature[edit]

In 2006, Posey authored Activity Based Total Accountability, which outlines his suggestions for improving American politics.

While serving in the state legislature, Posey was a chief sponsor of a bill designed to modernize the Florida election process, in response to the 2000 presidential election controversy. He also worked to revise insurance policy, so as to aid hurricane victims.[3]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

2008

In 2008, Posey ran to replace retiring U.S. Congressman Dave Weldon, who had occupied the 15th District seat since 1995, when the district first voted Republican. He was opposed by Democrat Stephen Blythe, and the independent, libertarian leaning Frank Zilaitis. Posey won with 53% of the vote, defeating his closest challenger, Blythe, by 11%.[4]

2010

Posey won re-election against former NASA executive and public administrator Shannon Roberts.

2012

Posey won re-election with nearly 60% of the vote against Democratic nominee Shannon Roberts and non-partisan candidate Richard Gillmor.[5]

Tenure[edit]

Bill Posey is a signer of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.[6]

On March 12, 2009, Posey introduced into the United States House of Representatives H.R. 1503.[7] Posey claims that the bill, which would require future presidential candidates to provide a copy of their original birth certificate, is a reaction to claims that President Barack Obama is not a natural born U.S. citizen.[8][9] Critics, including the editorial board of The Orlando Sentinel, have claimed that the bill further perpetuates the theories.

When asked whether or not he believed Obama to be a natural born citizen, Posey remarked that his beliefs on the matter were irrelevant.[10] Posey's bill gained the support of 12 Republican co-sponsors.[11][12]

On June 13, 2014, Posey wrote an op-ed in The Hill arguing that the Autism CARES Act of 2014 needed to be rewritten and improved.[13] Posey argued that, after a federal program spent eight years and $1.7 billion dollars trying to address the autism crisis and failed to do so, Washington was "on a path to rush through a five-year reauthorization, raise spending 20 percent and hope for better results without addressing fundamental structural flaws in the current program."[13] According to Posey, one flaw with the current system is that while the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee is charged with writing a strategic plan for organizing the research and spending on autism, the federal government ignores that strategy to have the National Institutes of Health instead, resulting in money being spend in a disjointed manner.[13] Posey argued that he would like to take the time to improve this bill, possibly using some of the improvements suggested by the Autism Reform Policy Coalition, instead of moving forward too hastily with this bill.[13]

Committee assignments[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.city-data.com/elec2/10/elec-ROCKLEDGE-FL-10.html
  2. ^ http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~battle/reps/posey.htm
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ [2][dead link]
  5. ^ "Posey wins 3rd term in House". Florida TODAY. Retrieved 7 November 2012. 
  6. ^ Current Taxpayer Protection Pledge Signers [3]
  7. ^ Text of H.R. 1503
  8. ^ Birther bill hits Congress, The Politico, March 13, 2009
  9. ^ Republican wants WH candidates to prove citizenship, CNN, March 13, 2009
  10. ^ Posey: Future presidential candidates should show their birth certificates; won’t say whether he believes Obama is a US citizen, Orlando Sentinel, March 13, 2009
  11. ^ Rep. Bob Goodlatte [VA-6] - 5/5/2009, Rep. John R. Carter [TX-31] - 6/12/2009, Rep. John Culberson [TX-7] - 6/12/2009, Rep. Randy Neugebauer [TX-19] - 6/12/2009, Rep. John Campbell [CA-48] - 6/17/2009, Rep. Marsha Blackburn [TN-7] - 6/26/2009, Rep. Ted Poe [TX-2] - 7/7/2009, Rep. Dan Burton [IN-5] - 7/7/2009, Rep Kenny Marchant [TX-24] - 7/9/2009, Rep. Louie Gohmert [TX-1] - 7/28/2009, Rep. Trent Franks - 9/9/2009, Rep. Mike Conaway - 4/28/2010
  12. ^ "Bill Summary & Status - 111th Congress (2009 - 2010) - H.R.1503 - Cosponsors - THOMAS (Library of Congress)". Thomas.loc.gov. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  13. ^ a b c d Posey, Bill (13 June 2014). "Fix the Combating Autism Act". The Hill. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dixie Sansom
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 32nd district

1993–2000
Succeeded by
Bob Allen
Preceded by
Patsy Ann Kurth
Member of the Florida Senate
from the 15th district

2001–2003
Succeeded by
Paula Dockery
Preceded by
Lisa Carlton
Member of the Florida Senate
from the 24th district

2003–2009
Succeeded by
Thad Altman
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Dave Weldon
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 15th congressional district

2009-2013
Succeeded by
Dennis A. Ross
Preceded by
Daniel Webster
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 8th congressional district

2013–present
Incumbent
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Jared Polis
D-Colorado
United States Representatives by seniority
252nd
Succeeded by
Phil Roe
R-Tennessee