Ritch Workman

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Ritch Workman
State Representative Ritch Workman.jpg
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 52nd district
Incumbent
Assumed office
November 20, 2012
Preceded by Jeff Brandes
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 30th district
In office
November 18, 2008 – November 20, 2012
Preceded by Thad Altman
Succeeded by Karen Castor Dentel
Personal details
Born (1973-05-03) May 3, 1973 (age 41)
Belleville, Ontario
Political party Republican
Children Bailey Richard Workman, Sofia Grace Workman
Alma mater Appalachian State University (B.S.)
Profession Mortgage broker
Religion Protestant

Ritch Workman (born on May 3, 1973) is a Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 52nd District, which includes southern Brevard County, stretching from Melbourne to Palm Shores, since 2012, and previously representing the 30th District from 2008 to 2012.

History[edit]

Workman was born in Belleville, Ontario, in 1973, and in 1980, his family moved from Canada to the state of Florida, despite never having been there before, due to the fact that Pierre Trudeau and the Liberal Party of Canada were successful in the 1980 federal election, and his father did not want to live in a socialist country. Workman graduated from Satellite High School in Satellite Beach and then attended Appalachian State University, where he graduated in 1995. Following graduation, he served in the National Guard from 1990 to 2005, including as a Battery Commander in Operation Noble Eagle. When incumbent State Representative Mike Haridopolos was elected to the Florida Senate in a 2003 special election, Workman ran to succeed him in the 30th District, which stretched from Rockledge to Palm Bay in southern Brevard County. Workman ultimately lost to Thad Altman in the Republican primary, receiving 29% of the vote to Altman's 41%.

Florida House of Representatives[edit]

When Altman opted to run for the Florida Senate rather than seek re-election in 2008, Workman ran to succeed him. In the Republican primary, Workman faced Tres Holton, whom he easily defeated, winning 62% of the vote. He faced Amy Tidd, the Democratic nominee, and, following a contentious campaign, narrowly defeated her, winning 54% of the vote to Tidd's 46%. When running for re-election in 2010, Workman once again faced Tidd, and he campaigned on his sponsorship of legislation similar to SB 1070 in Arizona, which would allow police officers to "detain a person who cannot prove their citizenship or legal status."[1] When Tidd responded that she was "still waiting to see his papers," Workman responded, "Is it because I'm white that this is not a racial sur? I'm offended, but she makes my point for me. I'm pro-immigration reform because when someone comes here illegally, it diminishes my struggle."[2] The Orlando Sentinel endorsed Tidd over Workman, criticizing Workman's "dubious priorities," including "aligning himself with a fringe group that rejects federal authority over states, though he sees no contradiction in Florida taking billions of dollars in stimulus money from Washington, D.C."[3] Despite this, Workman managed to expand his margin of victory over Tidd, defeating her in a landslide with 61% of the vote.

In 2012, when the state's legislative districts were reconfigured, Workman was moved into the 52nd District, which included most of the territory that he previously represented in the 30th District. He faced no opposition in the Republican primary or the general election, and won his third term entirely uncontested.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rohrer, Gray (July 30, 2010). "Rep. Ritch Workman Determined Florida Will Have Tough Immigration Law". Sunshine State news. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  2. ^ Torres, John A. (October 27, 2010). "Tidd, Workman spar over immigration reform". Florida Today. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Our Endorsements: For the Florida House District 25, 26, and 30". Orlando Sentinel. September 24, 2010. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 

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