|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 24th district
January 3, 2009 – January 3, 2011
|Preceded by||Tom Feeney|
|Succeeded by||Sandy Adams|
|Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 28th district
1996 - 2004
|Preceded by||Jack Ascherl|
|Succeeded by||Dorothy Hukill|
February 25, 1944 |
|Residence||New Smyrna Beach, Florida|
|Alma mater||Pennsylvania State University
George Mason University
Stetson University (B.A.)
|Profession||real estate broker|
Suzanne M. Kosmas (born February 25, 1944) is the former U.S. Representative for Florida's 24th congressional district, serving from 2009 until 2011. She is a member of the Democratic Party. She previously served in the Florida House of Representatives.
Early life, education and career
Kosmas has lived in New Smyrna Beach since 1973. She has owned Prestige Properties of New Smyrna Beach, a real estate company, since 1979. Kosmas attended The Pennsylvania State University and George Mason University, later graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Stetson University in 1998.
Florida House of Representatives
U.S. House of Representatives
- Committee on Financial Services
- Committee on Science and Technology
In 2009, Kosmas joined with the Democratic majority to vote for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, the American Clean Energy and Security Act, and the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act. She originally voted along with 38 other Democrats against the Affordable Health Care for America Act. However, she switched to a "Yes" vote for the Senate version of the bill.
Kosmas was one of the top recruits for the Democrats in the 2008 cycle. Despite the wide perception that Feeney had drawn the 24th for himself while still serving as state house speaker (the district included most of his state house district), the district is actually a fairly marginal district on paper, with a Cook Partisan Voting Index of R+4. It includes most of Democratic-leaning Volusia County, where Kosmas lives.
In 2008, Kosmas campaigned on issues such as fiscal conservatism, support for veterans, and values like integrity and transparency. Feeney was attacked in independent expenditure ads for his ties to Jack Abramoff, the negative perception of which was exacerbated by Feeney's own.
In the November election, Kosmas won, taking 57% of the vote to Feeney's 41% — the largest margin of defeat for a Republican incumbent in the 2008 cycle.
Kosmas defeated former Winter Springs Mayor Paul Partyka in the Democratic primary.
Kosmas was defeated for re-election by former State Representative Sandy Adams on Nov. 2, 2010 by a 60% to 40% margin. Ironically, two years after handing Feeney the largest margin of defeat for a Republican incumbent in the 2008 cycle, Kosmas herself lost by the second-largest margin of any Democratic incumbent in the 2010 cycle.
- "Kosmas, Suzanne M., (1944 - )". Washington, D.C.: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved October 16, 2012.
- http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2009/roll046.xml Final Vote Results For Roll Call 046
- http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2009/roll037.xml Final Vote Results For Roll Call 037
- http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2009/roll477.xml Final Vote Results For Roll Call 477
- http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2009/roll223.xml Final Vote Results For Roll Call 223
- http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2009/roll887.xml Final Vote Results For Roll Call 887
- Posted: 5:58 pm EDT March 19, 2010 (2010-03-19). "Suzanne Kosmas To Vote 'Yes' On Health Care - News Story - WFTV Orlando". Wftv.com. Retrieved 2010-07-12.
- Olka. "Updating The Health Care Whip Count - Hotline On Call". Hotlineoncall.nationaljournal.com. Retrieved 2010-07-12.
- "mea culpa" television ad
- "Election Center 2008 - Election Results & Politics News from". CNN.com. Retrieved 2010-07-12.
- Suzanne Kosmas for Congress official campaign site
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Congressional profile at GovTrack
- Congressional profile at OpenCongress
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Financial information (federal office) at OpenSecrets.org
- Financial information (state office) at the National Institute for Money in State Politics
- Issue positions and quotes at On the Issues
- Voting record at The Washington Post
- Appearances on C-SPAN programs
- Profile from SourceWatch
- Archived profile, sponsored bills and photo album from the Florida House of Representatives
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 24th congressional district