|Member of the Florida Senate
from the 28th district
|Preceded by||Ken Pruitt|
October 9, 1961 |
West Palm Beach, Florida
|Alma mater||Stetson University
Emory University School of Law
Joe Negron (born October 9, 1961) is the senator for Florida's state senate district 28. He is also a former member of the Florida House of Representatives who served from 2000 to 2006. He represented District 82, serving Palm Beach, Martin, and St. Lucie Counties and was chairman of the Appropriations Committee. He graduated from Stetson University in 1983 and from Emory University School of Law in 1986.
In 2006, he ran against former U.S. Rep. Bill McCollum for the Republican nomination of Florida Attorney General, a position vacated by the incumbent, Charlie Crist, but Negron dropped out and endorsed McCollum. Negron cited McCollum's greater name recognition as his reason for dropping out. Though Negron had raised more money than McCollum, the latter's fundraising had begun to steamroll, leaving the impression that McCollum would indeed have greater funding than Negron.
On September 29, 2006, U.S. Representative Mark Foley abruptly resigned following allegations of inappropriate behavior between himself and several teenage male pages. On October 2, Negron was selected to replace Foley as the Republican candidate in the 16th district congressional race. His Democratic opponent was Tim Mahoney.
Foley's name stayed on the ballot, but all votes for Foley were transferred to Negron. Former Florida Republican Party chair Tom Slade stated: "It's a death sentence. Mission impossible. The only way you win is they have got to vote for Mark Foley. That doesn't appear to me to be very attractive."
Nonetheless, Negron managed to close the gap in the waning days of the election, losing by only 1.8 percentage points. Negron carried the more conservative areas in the western portion of the district, near Fort Myers. However, he failed to carry the two largest counties of the district, Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties.
2009 Florida Senate victory
On August 4, 2009 Negron beat his opponent with a 3:1 margin, getting 76% of the vote.
In 2011, Negron introduced a legislation to require double-blind methods for photo lineup identification by crime eyewitnesses, in order to reduce conviction of innocent individuals due to eyewitness error.
- Official campaign website
- Joe Negron on Twitter
- Florida of Representatives page
- Florida Senate page
- New York Times article on Congressional seat race
- Five Questions with Mid-Career Student Joe Negron from the Harvard Citizen
- Joe Negron on the Internet Movie Database
- John Kennedy, Last Republican Standing, The Orlando Sentinel blog, July 17, 2006.
- Aaron Sharockman, Race for attorney general is already down to two, The St. Petersburg Times, July 18, 2006 (retrieved 24 October 2006).
- GOP Picks Negron to Replace Foley on Florida Ballot FOXnews, October 3, 2006. The campaign used the slogan "Punch Foley for Negron" as a means of educating the public about the ballot situation and as a means of differentiating the two men, making voting for Foley more palatable.
- Joe Negron scores massive win in special state Senate election from The Palm Beach Post 4 August 2009
- Rene Stutzman, State senator to cops: Clean up the way you do police lineups. Orlando Sentinel. February 28, 2011.
- Lydia Guzmán, Aspira al Congreso un republicano con sangre boricua, El Nuevo Día, retrieved 24 October 2006.