Pam Bondi

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Pam Bondi
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37th Attorney General of Florida
Assumed office
January 4, 2011
Governor Rick Scott
Preceded by Bill McCollum
Assistant State Attorney for the 13th Judicial Circuit of Florida
In office
Personal details
Born Pamela Jo Bondi
(1965-11-17) November 17, 1965 (age 48)[1]
Tampa, Florida[1]
Political party Republican
Alma mater University of Florida (B.A.)
Stetson University College of Law (J.D.)[1]

Pamela Jo Bondi[2] (born November 17, 1965) is an American attorney, politician and member of the Republican Party who serves as the current Attorney General of Florida.

Early life and education[edit]

Bondi's hometown is Temple Terrace, Florida. Her father, Joseph Bondi, was a City Councilman and then Mayor of Temple Terrace. She is a graduate of C. Leon King High School in Tampa, Florida. Bondi graduated from the University of Florida in 1987 with a degree in Criminal Justice. She then graduated from Stetson Law School with a JD in 1990 and was admitted to the Florida Bar on June 24, 1991.[3]

Early career[edit]

She is a former prosecutor and spokeswoman in Hillsborough County, Florida where she worked as an Assistant State Attorney. Bondi resigned this position to seek the office of Attorney General of Florida. She has made guest appearances on Scarborough Country with Joe Scarborough and various other cable news programming on MSNBC and worked for Fox News as a legal analyst.

Bondi prosecuted former Major League Baseball player Dwight Gooden in 2006 for violating the terms of his probation and for substance abuse.[4][5] Bondi also prosecuted the Martin Anderson death defendants in 2007.[6]

Attorney General[edit]

On December 1, 2009, Bondi officially announced that she would be running for Florida Attorney General.[7] On August 24, 2010 she won the Republican primary for this post, narrowly defeating Lieutenant Governor Jeff Kottkamp in a 3-way race. She was endorsed by former Alaska Governor and 2008 vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin during the primary. On November 2, 2010, she defeated Democratic State Senator Dan Gelber by a 55% to 41% margin to become the Attorney General of the State of Florida.[8]

Bondi was the lead attorney general in an unsuccessful lawsuit seeking to overturn the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) in Florida et al v. United States Department of Health and Human Services. In the lawsuit the State of Florida and 26 other states argued that the individual mandate provision of the PPACA violates the United States Constitution.

Personal life[edit]

Bondi was married to Garret Barnes from 1990 to 1992, and to Scott Fitzgerald from 1997 to 2002. She is currently engaged to ophthalmologist Greg Henderson; they held an unofficial (non-binding) ceremony in the Cayman Islands on May 26, 2012.[9][10]


  1. ^ a b c "Attorney General-elect Pam Bondi (FL)". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 25 November 2010. 
  2. ^ "Pamela Jo Bondi" AVVO Professional ratings
  3. ^ "Lawyer info-Pam Bondi" Florida Bar, Find a Lawyer
  4. ^ "Dwight Gooden chooses prison over rehab". Red Orbit. April 5, 2006. Retrieved September 21, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Attorney General Pam Bondi juggles home life, sudden celebrity". Orlando Sentinel. August 8, 2011. Retrieved September 21, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Martin Lee Anderson Death Case Goes to Trial Wednesday". WJHG. October 4, 2007. Retrieved September 21, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Hillsborough's Pam Bondi running for attorney general". 2009-12-01. Retrieved 2010-10-31. 
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ "Fla. AG Pam Bondi marries in Cayman Islands: Bondi marries Greg Henderson". Associated Press. May 27, 2012. 
  10. ^ Mitchell, Tia (May 31, 2012). "Attorney General Pam Bondi's Cayman trip looked like a wedding; it wasn't, and many wonder why". Miami Herald. 

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Preceded by
Bill McCollum
Attorney General of Florida