Jim Boyd (politician)

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Jim Boyd
Jim Boyd.jpeg
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 71st district
Incumbent
Assumed office
November 20, 2012
Preceded by Ken Roberson
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 68th district
In office
November 16, 2010 – November 20, 2012
Preceded by Bill Galvano
Succeeded by Dwight Dudley
Personal details
Born (1956-10-22) October 22, 1956 (age 58)
Bradenton, Florida
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Sandy Boyd
Children Ansley, Austin
Alma mater Manatee Community College (A.A.)
Florida State University (B.S.)
Profession Insurance agent
Religion Christianity

Jim Boyd (born May 30, 1954) is a Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 71st District, which includes eastern Manatee County and eastern Sarasota County, since 2012, previously representing the 68th District from 2010 to 2012.

History[edit]

Boyd was born in Bradenton, into a political family that included his grandfather, Hugh Boyd, a former State Representative, and his uncle, Wilbur H. Boyd, a former State Representative and State Senator. He attended Manatee Community College, where he graduated in 1976 with an Associate's degree in 1976, and then Florida State University, where he graduated with a Bachelor's degree in 1978. He served on the Palmetto City Council from 1989-1993, during which time he also served as Vice-Mayor and Mayor. After retiring from local politics, he worked as an insurance agent and realtor.[1]

Florida House of Representatives[edit]

In 2010, incumbent Republican State Representative Bill Galvano could not seek another term due to term limits, and Boyd ran to succeed him in the 68th District, which included parts of Manatee County. He won the nomination of the Republican Party uncontested, and in the general election, faced independent candidate Dave Miner. Boyd was able to defeat Miner without much difficulty, receiving 62% of the vote. When Florida House districts were reconfigured in 2012, Boyd opted to run in the newly created 71st District, which included most of the territory that he had previously represented in the 68th District. He won the nomination of his party uncontested, and faced Democratic nominee Adam Tebrugge in the general election. Boyd and Tebrugge held sharp disagreements on many issues, with Boyd advocating for Governor Rick Scott's plan to phase out Florida's corporate income tax, while Tebrugge strongly opposed such efforts. [2] Additionally, Boyd advocated for expanding school choice to include charter and religious schools, noting, "nobody cares more [about schools] than parents," while Tebrugge supported strengthening public schools.[3]> Ultimately, Boyd was able to defeat Tebrugge by a comfortable margin, winning 56% of the vote. In 2014, Boyd was re-elected to his third term in the legislature without opposition.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Falconer, Jackson (October 9, 2012). "Candidate Profile: State House District 71: Jim Boyd". The Bradenton Times. Retrieved May 8, 2014. 
  2. ^ Anderson, Zac (September 25, 2012). "Sharp differences at Hosue District 71 Boyd-Tebrugge debate". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Retrieved May 8, 2014. 
  3. ^ Kennedy, Sara (September 25, 2012). "House District 71 race offers clear choice between candidates Jim Boyd, Adam Tebrugge". Bradenton Herald. Retrieved May 8, 2014. 

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