Marti Coley

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Marti Coley
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Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 5th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
2012
Preceded by Brad Drake
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 7th district
In office
2005–2012
Preceded by David A. Coley
Succeeded by Halsey Beshears
Personal details
Born (1961-03-15) March 15, 1961 (age 53)
Blountstown, Florida
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) David Coley (deceased)
Children Kristin, Vance, Hunter
Alma mater Chipola College (A.A.), Florida State University (B.A.)
Profession Teacher
Religion Christianity

Marti Coley (born March 15, 1961) is a Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 5th District, which includes Holmes County, Jackson County, Walton County, Washington County, and northern Bay County, since 2012.

History[edit]

Coley was born in Blountstown, and attended Chipola College and Florida State University, where she graduated with a degree in English education in 1984. After graduation, she began teaching in Thomasville, Georgia, but moved with her husband to Marianna in 1985. Coley then began teaching at Malone High School, where she worked until 1989, at which point she joined the faculty of Chipola College.

Florida House of Representatives[edit]

When her husband, State Representative David A. Coley died, Marti Coley ran to succeed him in 2005 in the 7th District, which was based in the Florida Panhandle and included parts of Bay, Calhoun, Gadsden, Jackson, Leon, Liberty, Okaloosa, Wakulla, and Washington Counties. In a special election on June 14, 2005, Coley defeated Democratic nominee Carl Joaquin Duncan with 81% of the vote. She was subsequently re-elected without opposition in 2006 and 2008. Coley faced Democratic nominee David B. Pleat when she ran for re-election in 2010, but owing to the conservative nature of the district, she was re-elected easily, winning 74% of the vote.

When Florida House districts were redrawn in 2012, Coley ended up in a radically redrawn district that included much territory that she had not previously represented. In the Republican primary, she encountered Danny Glidewell, whom she easily defeated with 69% of the vote. Independent candidate Travis Pitts was her only opposition in the general election, and she won with 73% of the vote.

While serving in the legislature, Coley opposed legislation that would have outlawed texting while driving, noting, "[T]exting while driving, applying makeup while driving, reading other materials while driving, and the list could go on and on, are all covered under the statute addressing careless driving (Ch.316.1925 Florida Statutes). Because I believe it is covered under that statute, I will not be voting in favor of the bill."[1] Additionally, she supported legislation that would allow insurance companies operating in Florida to continue receiving tens of millions of dollars in tax breaks, declaring that the bill "helps us not raise taxes, enables us to support business like we all like to do, so that we have jobs for our citizens."[2] During her final term in the House, from 2012 to 2014, Coley served as the Speaker pro tempore of the Florida House of Representatives.

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