|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 19th district
January 3, 2013
|Preceded by||Connie Mack IV|
|Born||Henry Jude Radel III
April 20, 1976 
|Spouse(s)||Amy Wegmann Radel|
|Children||Henry Jude Radel IV|
|Residence||Fort Myers, Florida|
|Occupation||Radio host/television personality, reporter, businessman|
|Website||Representative Trey Radel|
Henry Jude "Trey" Radel III (born April 20, 1976) is an American politician who has been a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Florida's 19th congressional district, since 2013. Radel, a Republican, has worked as a television reporter, anchor, conservative radio host, and businessman. His district is located in southwest Florida and includes Fort Myers, Naples and Cape Coral.
Early life and education
Radel was trained as an actor and a comedian and performed improvisational work at Second City in Chicago. Radel began his working career as a journalist, working as both an anchor and as a reporter. He interned for CNN at their Headquarters in Atlanta. He then worked for the CBS affiliates in Houston and Chicago. He was a TV and radio talk show host of Daybreak, on WINK-TV & 92.5 Fox News Radio.
He bought the Naples Journal, a community newspaper in Naples, Collier County, Florida, which he subsequently reformatted and expanded, later selling the paper to the Daily News. He founded Trey Communications LLC, a conservative media relations firm. The company purchased and sold domain names, including some of a pornographic nature.
U.S. House of Representatives
2012 congressional election
Republican 14th District Congressman Connie Mack IV decided not to run for reelection to his seat, in order to challenge Democrat U.S. Senator Bill Nelson. Radel decided to run in the open seat, which had been renumbered as the 19th District. Five other Republican candidates also filed to run. Controversy occurred when it was discovered that the campaign committee "Friends of Trey Radel, Inc." had purchased his opponents' domain names nearly a year before he announced he was going to run for office. When this was revealed, he denied knowing about it, blaming it on staff, but eventually admitted he had purchased the domain names. Subsequently, his campaign committee created websites and attached them to his opponents' domain names, purportedly for the purpose of disseminating the voting records of the opponents, which were posted on the websites. Radel's political philosophy is conservative, but he nevertheless has said he supports the principles of the DREAM Act. Radel was endorsed by the incumbent Connie Mack IV, former U.S. Senator Connie Mack III, and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Chauncey Goss (who finished second to Radel in the primary) was endorsed by U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan. He won the primary with 30% of the vote, primarily due to the strength of his showing in his native Lee County.
In the general election he faced Democrat Jim Roach of Cape Coral, a retired GM research engineer and decorated Vietnam combat veteran. However, Radel was heavily favored to win. The 19th has long been reckoned as one of the most Republican districts in Florida, and as such the Republican primary was considered the real contest for the election. In 2008, Republican presidential nominee John McCain won the district with 57% of the vote. In 2010, Rick Scott won the district with 61% of the vote. Radel did indeed win the 2012 election, with 63% of the vote. The Naples Daily News reported that the financial disclosure reports Radel submitted during his campaign were inaccurate and that once he was elected he amended these reports. According to Radel's attorney he underreported his assets by failing to note his trust funds.
- Committee on Foreign Affairs
- Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
- Radel, Henry J. III, FEC filing for office
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- Representative Trey Radel
- Trey Radel for Congress official campaign site
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Biography at Ballotpedia
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Issue positions and quotes at On the Issues
- Voting record at The Washington Post
- Henry J Radel III, AP Election Guide, Associated Press
- Candidate profile at The Wall Street Journal
|United States House of Representatives|
Connie Mack IV
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 19th congressional district
January 3, 2013 – present
|United States order of precedence|
|United States Representatives by seniority