Paula Dockery

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Paula B. Dockery
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Member of the Florida Senate
from the 15th district
In office
2003-2012
Preceded by Bill Posey
Succeeded by Kelli Stargel
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 64th district
In office
1997–2002
Preceded by Steve Pincket
Succeeded by  ?
Personal details
Born (1961-06-06) June 6, 1961 (age 53)
Queens, New York
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mark Fisher 1985-88 (divorce)
C.C. (Doc) Dockery 1989-present
Alma mater University of Florida
Profession insurance
Religion Roman Catholic

Paula Dockery is a Republican Party former member of the Florida Senate.

Early life[edit]

She was born Paula Louise Bono in Queens, New York, on June 6, 1961. Her family moved to Florida in 1968, and she graduated from Coral Springs High School in 1979. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Florida in 1983. While at UF, she was a member of Student Senate, served on the O'Connell Center Board of Managers, Chaired the Affairs & Ethics Committee, and was a graduate teaching assistant.[1]

In 1985 she married Mark Fisher, an aide to United States Senator Lawton Chiles, a Democrat, and in 1986 the couple moved to Lakeland, Florida. She finished her Master of Arts degree in Mass Communications during 1987, divorced her first husband in 1988, and decided to become active in Republican politics. She was introduced to and married C.C. (Doc) Dockery, a Lakeland businessman and GOP fundraiser, in November 1989. The family business was citrus and cattle.[1][2]

State legislature[edit]

She has represented the 15th District in the Florida Senate since 2003 and served as Majority Whip from 2003 until 2004. Dockery chaired the Environmental Protection Committee and the Criminal Justice Committee.[3] She was term limited in 2012 and could not run for re-election.

During her three terms in the Florida House of Representatives (1997-2002), she served as Majority Whip from 1998 through 2000, and was the primary sponsor of the popular Florida Forever Act.[3]

2010 Gubernatorial campaign[edit]

On June 1, 2009 there was a draft campaign to see Senator Dockery run for Governor of Florida. On November 4, 2009 Dockery entered the race for Florida governor challenging FL Attorney General Bill McCollum for the Republican Nomination. Dockery dropped out of the race when it became clear that she would be unable to run a competitive campaign against Rick Scott, who spent nearly $50 million of his own money securing a bitterly-fought Republican primary victory.

After Scott's primary win, Dockery's name was floated as a potential running mate for Scott. On 30 August 2010, Dockery announced that she would not run for Lieutenant Governor at Scott's side.

Chronicle[edit]

Term limits prohibited Dockery from running for senate re-election in 2012, so when she was asked to write a column for the political discourse website Florida Voices to share her insights of Florida politics during her last year as a senator, she agreed.[4]

Honors & awards[2][edit]

name of organization award year
American Cancer Society Florida Legislative Award 2004
American Cancer Society Florida Legislative Award 2007
Florida League of Cities Legislative Appreciation Award 2007
Florida League of Cities Legislator of the Year 1999
Coastal Conservation Association of Florida Legislative Conservation Award 2001
Coastal Conservation Association of Florida Legislative Conservation Award 2005
Coastal Conservation Association of Florida Legislative Conservation Award 2006
Coastal Conservation Association of Florida Legislative Conservation Award 2007
Florida Chamber of Commerce Honor Roll 2006
Florida Chamber of Commerce Honor Roll 2007
Green Horizon Land Trust Blazing Star Award 2007
Sierra Club Florida Chapter Environmental Legislator of the Year 2006
Florida Solar Energy Industries Association Outstanding Dedication in Securing Florida's Energy Future 2006
Florida Chapter of REP America Green Elephant Award 2006
Florida Catholic Conference Defender of Life 2006
Governing Magazine Public Official of the Year 2005
National Audubon Society Florida chapter Teddy Roosevelt Award 2005
National Audubon Society Florida chapter Legislator of the Year 2001
School District of Osceola County, Florida Legislator of the Year Award 2005
Enterprise Florida Legislative Champion Award 2005
Florida Local Environmental Resources Agencies Environmental Leadership Award 2005
Florida Chiropractic Association Legislator of the Year 2005
American Water Works Association, Florida Legislator of the Year 2005
Florida Association of Counties County Champion Award 2001
Florida Association of Counties County Champion Award 2002
Florida Association of Counties FAC County Champion 2005
Florida Chamber of Commerce "A" Honor Roll 2002
Florida Chamber of Commerce "A" Honor Roll 2004
Florida Chamber of Commerce "A" Honor Roll 2005
Florida Ocean Alliance Award of Appreciation 2005
Associated Builders and Contractors Friend of Free Enterprise 2005
Florida Wildlife Federation Conservation Legislator of the Year 2004
Florida Dental Hygiene Association Senator of the Year Award 2004
Florida Ports Council Tugboat Award 2004
South Florida Water Management District Outstanding Leadership to Protect the Water Resources of South Florida 2004
Florida Trucking Association Senate Legislator of the Year 2004
Sierra Club Florida Chapter Certificate of Recognition 2004
The Ounce of Preservation Fund Commitment to Florida's Children 2003
The Nature Conservancy Leadership Award 2000
The Nature Conservancy Forever Florida Leadership Award 2002
The Trust for Public Land Legislative Leadership Award 2001
Central Florida Health Care Community Shero 1998
Florida Chamber of Commerce Top 40 Legislators 1998
Florida Chamber of Commerce Top 40 Legislators 1999
Florida Chamber of Commerce Top 40 Legislators 2000
Florida Chamber of Commerce Top 40 Legislators 2001
Miami Herald Most Powerful Legislators, #5 House Ranking 2001
Florida Parks and Recreation Association Legislator of the Year 1999
Florida Parks and Recreation Association Outstanding Legislator Award 2000
Florida Farm Bureau Legislator of the Year 2000
Florida Cattlemen's Association Legislator of the Year 2000
Florida Forestry Association Legislator of the Year 2000
Lake Wales Ridge State Forest "Paula Dockery Trail" Dedication 2000
Save Our Lakes of Central Florida Outstanding Legislator Award 2000
Florida State Massage Therapy Association Politician of the Year 2000
The Midwives Association of Florida Legislator of the Year 1997
The Midwives Association of Florida Outstanding Legislator of the Year 2000
The Nature Conservancy Florida Chapter Public Service Award 1999
The Theodore Roosevelt Society Teddy Award 1999
Florida Aquatic Plant Management Society Plant Management Award 1999
American Advertising Federation John Cummins Legislative Award 1999
Printing Association of Florida Paul Revere Award 1999
Florida Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Ass'n Outstanding Legislator 1999
University of Virginia, Darden Graduate School of Business Administration Program for Emerging Political Leaders Selectee 1998
American Advertising Federation 4th District Fall on the Sword Award 1998
National Federation of Independent Business Guardian of Small Business 1998
Associated Industries of Florida 100% Voting Record for Business 1998
Christian Coalition of Florida Friend of the Family 1997
Leadership Central Florida Graduate 1996
Leadership Lakeland Graduate 1993
Pi Rho Sigma Honor Society Inducted 1986
Outstanding Young Women of America Inducted 1985

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rufty, Bill (March 26, 2012). "State Senator Dockery going out swinging". North Carolina News Chief. Retrieved 21 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Senator Paula Dockery". State of Florida, Senate. Retrieved 21 May 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Paula Dockery, a bio". Florida Voices. Retrieved 21 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Dockery, Paula (May 18, 2012). "MacNamara, More Political Consultant Than Public Servant". Florida Voices. Retrieved 21 May 2012. 

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