Kathy Castor

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Kathy Castor
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 14th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded by Connie Mack IV
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 11th district
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2013
Preceded by Jim Davis
Succeeded by Rich Nugent
Personal details
Born Katherine Anne Castor
(1966-08-20) August 20, 1966 (age 47)
Miami, Florida
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) William Lewis
Residence Tampa, Florida
Alma mater Emory University (B.A.)
Florida State University (J.D.)
Profession Attorney
Religion Presbyterian

Katherine Anne "Kathy" Castor (born August 20, 1966) is the U.S. Representative for Florida's 14th congressional district, serving in Congress since 2007. She is a member of the Democratic Party.

The district covers most of Tampa, most of south St. Petersburg, a portion of unincorporated Hillsborough County, and a small section of Temple Terrace.

Early life[edit]

Castor was born in Miami. Her mother, Betty Castor (née Elizabeth Bowe), is a former University of South Florida President, a former Hillsborough County Commissioner, a former Florida State Senator, a former Florida Education Commissioner, and a 2004 United States Senate candidate. Her father, Donald F. "Don" Castor,[1] was a Hillsborough County judge and passed away April 2013.[2] Kathy Castor was raised in Tampa and graduated from Chamberlain High School. She holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Emory University (1988) and a J.D. from Florida State University College of Law (1991). She is a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority.

Legal career[edit]

Castor began her legal career as Assistant General Counsel to the Florida Department of Community Affairs. She is the former President of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers and partner in a statewide law firm. In 2005, Castor was named as the Tampa Bay Business Journal's Woman of the Year in government.

Early political career[edit]

Castor served on the Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners from 2002 through 2006. Her primary focus was on health care. She worked to stop seniors and other patients in Hillsborough County’s health care plan from being forced into HMOs.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Committee assignments[edit]

Party leadership[edit]

On September 29, 2008, Castor voted against the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008.[3] She was the only Florida Democrat to do so. On October 3, 2008, Castor was once again the only Florida Democrat (and one of 63 House Democrats) to vote against the bailout bill.

Political campaigns[edit]


The House seat in the district became open when five-term Democrat Jim Davis (D) chose to run for governor (he lost to Charlie Crist in November).

Castor won the September 5, 2006 Democratic primary—the real contest in what has long been the only safe Democratic district on Florida's Gulf Coast—defeating challengers Al Fox, Lesley "Les" Miller, Scott Farrell, and Michael Steinberg. She received 54% of the vote, a full 20 points ahead of state Senate Minority Leader Les Miller in the five-way race.

Eddie Adams Jr., an architect and former hospital laboratory technologist,[4] was the only Republican to file. Castor was endorsed by the pro-choice political action committee EMILY's List, the League of Conservation Voters, Oceans Champions, The Tampa Tribune, The St. Petersburg Times and The Bradenton Herald.

Castor handily won the 2006 November general election, 70% to 30%--becoming the first woman to represent Tampa and St. Petersburg in Congress, as well as only the third representative of this St. Petersburg/Tampa-based district since its creation in 1963 (it was the 10th District from 1963–67, the 6th from 1967–73, the 7th from 1973–93 and has been the 11th since 1993).


Castor was reelected in November 2008 71% to 29% in a rematch with Adams.


Castor was challenged by Republican nominee Mike Prendergast, a career military officer who retired in 2008 as a Colonel in the United States Army. Castor was reelected in November 2010 with 60% of the vote to Prendergast's 40%. Though Castor won convincingly, it was still the best showing for a Republican in this district since 1994.

After the 2010 census, Florida gained two more congressional seats. As a result, Castor's district was redistricted from the 11th to the 14th. It was no less Democratic than its predecessor, and Castor won reelection with 70.2 percent of the vote over Republican E. J. Otero.


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jim Davis
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 11th congressional district

Succeeded by
Rich Nugent
Preceded by
Connie Mack IV
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 14th congressional district

Succeeded by
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Vern Buchanan
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Yvette Clarke
D-New York