|Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 36th district
|Preceded by||Sheri McInvale|
|Born||October 17, 1973|
Scott Randolph was born October 17, 1973 in Johnson City, Tennessee and has been a Florida resident since 2002. He was elected to the Florida House of Representatives as a Democrat on November 7, 2006. After serving three terms in the Florida House of Representatives, Randolph ran for and was sworn in as Orange County Tax Collector on January 8, 2013.
He is married to the former Susannah Lindberg, a former community organizer and public interest activist who previously served on the staff of former U.S. Congressman Alan Grayson (D-FL) of Florida's 8th congressional district, to include serving as the congressman's campaign manager during Grayson's unsuccessful 2010 reelection campaign.
Randolph was elected to the Florida House of Representatives as a Democrat on November 7, 2006, defeating the incumbent Republican opponent, Sheri McInvale by 61% to 39%. He represents Florida House District 36, an area of downtown and southern Orlando and Orange County.
In the Florida State Legislature, Representative Randolph serves on the Governmental Accountability Act Council, Health Care Services Committee, and the Governmental Services Committee.
He won re-election in 2008 with 74% of the vote - out-performing even President Obama in District 36.
Randolph won for re-election for a third term in 2010, by a margin of 59%. During the course of the campaign, he was endorsed by Business Force, the Florida Education Association, Florida Medical Association, Florida Justice Association, Police Benevolent Association, Florida Firefighters Association, Equality Florida, and Planned Parenthood.
Randolph was encouraged by people in his district, local community leaders, and folks seeking to improve representation on the County Commission to apply for Mildred Fernandez's vacant commission seat in Orange County. Randolph was one of two finalists before recently-turned-Independent Governor Charlie Crist picked a fellow independent to fill the seat.
The Orlando Sentinel endorsed Randolph for his re-election by saying that Randolph is one of the Legislature's most principled members. In the same editorial, the Sentinel's editors also wrote positively about Randolph's potential as a County Commissioner.
In March 2011, Randolph was chastised by the Republican leadership of the Florida House for using the word "uterus" on the House floor. He had made the rhetorical proposal, suggested by his wife, that she incorporate the said body part in response to a proposed measure restricting the right to an abortion, because the Republican Party favors deregulation of businesses. The GOP spokeswoman said that such language was "inappropriate" for young pages.
Here is an excerpt of his March 2011 statement on the Florida House floor:
"We constantly talk about not putting more regulations out there, but yet again, when it comes to my wife's uterus -- more regulations. When it comes to my friends' bedrooms -- more regulations. When it comes to unions -- more regulations. Don't practice an ideology of convenience! ... Look into your heart and practice exactly what you preach."
Randolph and his wife live in downtown Orlando.
- Florida House of Representatives - Scott Randolph
- 2006 Elections: Archives: Florida: Clean Water Action
- Florida Department of State - Election Results
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- Our Endorsements: State House District 35 and 36
- Sharockman, Aaron (March 31, 2011). "Democrat chastized for saying 'uterus' on House floor". St. Petersburg Times.