Jeremy Ring

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Jeremy Ring
Jeremy Ring (D-32nd).jpg
Member of the Florida Senate
from the 29th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
2012
Preceded by Chris Smith
Member of the Florida Senate
from the 31st district
In office
2006–2012
Preceded by Skip Campbell
Succeeded by Joe Negron
Personal details
Born (1970-08-10) August 10, 1970 (age 44)
New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Sharon Ring
Alma mater Syracuse University
Religion Judaism

Jeremy Ring (born August 10, 1970) is a Democratic member of the Florida Senate, representing the 29th District, which includes western Broward County, since 2012.

History[edit]

Ring was born in New Haven, Connecticut and attended Syracuse University, later opening the first East Coast office of Yahoo and working to build the company up.[1]

Florida Senate[edit]

In 2006, following inability of incumbent Democratic State Senator Skip Campbell to seek re-election in the 32nd District due to term limits, Ring ran to succeed him. He ran against Broward County Mayor Benjamin Graber and James W. Haddad in the Democratic primary, whom he defeated by a wide margin. In the general election, Ring was elected unopposed. He was challenged by Republican nominee Patrick Laffey in 2010, and he won in a landslide, receiving 63% of the vote. Senator Ring is not eligible to run for re-election in 2014 because of term limits.

Following the redrawing of Florida Senate districts in 2012, Ring ran in the 29th District, which included most of his previous district's territory. He faced student Soren Swensen in the general election and was endorsed by South Florida Sun-Sentinel, who noted, "Thanks to his business acumen and his willingness to work across political lines, Ring has managed to get things done."[2] In the end, Ring was re-elected in a landslide, winning 64% of the vote.

While serving in the Senate, Ring voted against an election reform bill sponsored by Republicans that aimed to expand early voting times following long lines in 2012, noting that despite it having "some decent provisions," it did not go far enough in ensuring that enough early voting days were provided.[3]

Controversially, Ring requested approval to work for Sterling Partners, a private equity firm that aimed to win state contracts, as a consultant. He emphasized that there was "nothing unethical or illegal about it" and that he would "not...be a lobbyist on their behalf."[4] Ultimately, he received permission from the Florida Commission on Ethics to do so.[5]

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