Bill Posey

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Bill Posey
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 8th district
15th (2009–2013)
Assumed office
January 3, 2009
Preceded by Dave Weldon
Member of the Florida Senate
from the 24th district
15th (2000–2002)
In office
November 7, 2000 – November 4, 2008
Preceded by Patsy Ann Kurth
Succeeded by Thad Altman
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 32nd district
In office
November 3, 1992 – November 7, 2000
Preceded by Dixie Sansom
Succeeded by Bob Allen
Personal details
Born William Joseph Posey
(1947-12-18) December 18, 1947 (age 70)
Washington, D.C.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Katie Ingram
Residence Rockledge, Florida
Alma mater Brevard Community College
Profession Real estate executive

William Joseph Posey (born December 18, 1947) is the U.S. Representative for Florida's 8th congressional district, serving in Congress since 2009. He is a member of the Republican Party. He formerly served in the Florida Senate and the Florida House of Representatives.

Early life, education, and business career[edit]

Posey was born in Washington, D.C., the son of Beatrice (née Tohl) and Walter J. Posey. His mother's family immigrated from Russia and is of Jewish heritage.[1] Posey moved to Florida in 1956 as his father took a job in engineering with McDonnell Douglas, working on the Delta rocket.[2] In 1969, he graduated from Brevard Community College with an Associate of Arts degree.

He got a job with McDonnell Douglas, and did Apollo Space Program work at Kennedy Space Center till he was laid off.[3] From 1974 to 1976, Bill Posey worked on the Rockledge Planning Commission. In 1976, he was elected as a member of the City Council, and from 1986 to 1992, he was a member of the Brevard County Business and Industrial Development Commission. Posey also founded his own real estate company during the 1970s. He later became director of the state Association of Realtors. While serving in local politics, he also became a researcher on government accountability and transparency.

Florida legislature[edit]

In 2006, Posey authored Activity Based Total Accountability, which outlines his suggestions for improving American politics.

While serving in the state legislature, Posey was a chief sponsor of a bill designed to modernize the Florida election process, in response to the 2000 presidential election controversy. He also worked to revise insurance policy, so as to aid hurricane victims.[4]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]



In 2008, Posey ran to replace retiring U.S. Congressman Dave Weldon, who had occupied the 15th District seat since 1995, when the district first voted Republican. He was opposed by Democrat Stephen Blythe, and the independent, libertarian leaning Frank Zilaitis. Posey won with 53% of the vote, defeating his closest challenger, Blythe, by 11%.[5]


Posey won re-election against former NASA executive and public administrator Shannon Roberts.


Posey won re-election with nearly 60% of the vote against Democratic nominee Shannon Roberts and non-partisan candidate Richard Gillmor.[6]


Posey won re-election with 65.84% of the vote against Democratic candidate Gabriel Rothblatt.


Posey won re-election with 63.11% of the vote against Democratic candidate Corry Westbrook.

Committee assignments[edit]

Political positions[edit]

Posey has a 81% rating from Heritage Action for America for his conservative voting record, which is 16 points higher than the average Republican voting record.[10]

Gun law[edit]

Posey supports legislation that mandates concealed carry permit reciprocity among states.[11] From 2015–2016, Posey accepted $2,000 USD in direct campaign contributions from the NRA's Political Victory Fund;[12] from 2008–2016 Posey accepted $13,500 from NRA political action committees.[13] Posey currently has an "A" rating from the NRA, indicating a record of preserving and expanding gun rights.[14]

Posey was one of the original cosponsors of the Repeal of the Implementation of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007, which repealed Obama-era legislation aimed at preventing the mentally-infirm from legally purchasing firearms.[15] Following the 2017 Las Vegas shooting, Posey expressed his support for legislation that would ban bump stocks.[16]


Posey supports repealing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and calls it a "fiasco" and believes repealing is the "Christian thing to do when hundreds of thousands of people were dying or going bankrupt” due to the policy.[17]

Human rights[edit]

LGBT rights[edit]

Posey has a "0" rating from the Human Rights Campaign regarding his voting record on LGBT-related legislature.[18] He voted against the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which would have protected LGBT people from hate crimes, in the wake of the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting.[19]

Social issues[edit]


Posey has a "D" rating from NORML for his voting history regarding cannabis-related causes. Posey is against veterans having access to medical marijuana if recommended by their Veterans Health Administration doctor and if it is legal for medicinal purposes in their state of residence.[20]

Tax reform[edit]

Posey voted in favor of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.[21]


  1. ^ "Bill Posey ancestry". Retrieved 2017-06-11. 
  2. ^ Takala, Rudy (July 5, 2016). "The red tape keeping private companies from getting us into space". The Washington Examiner. Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
  3. ^ McCutcheon, Michael; Barone, Chuck (2013). 2014 Almanac of American Politics. The University of Chicago Press. 
  4. ^ "Biography - Congressman Bill Posey, Representing the 15th District of Florida". Archived from the original on January 11, 2009. Retrieved January 12, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-07-17. Retrieved 2009-07-29. 
  6. ^ "Posey wins 3rd term in House". Florida TODAY. Retrieved 7 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "Member List". Republican Study Committee. Retrieved 2 January 2018. 
  8. ^ "What is the House Freedom Caucus, and who's in it?". Pew research center. 20 October 2015. Retrieved 26 October 2017. 
  9. ^ "Membership". Congressional Arts Caucus. Retrieved 13 March 2018. 
  10. ^ "Heritage Action Scorecard". Heritage Action for America. Retrieved 22 December 2017. 
  11. ^ Bycoffe, Aaron (30 January 2017). "Tracking Bill Posey In The Age Of Trump". FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved 22 December 2017. 
  12. ^ Grinberg, Emanuella (21 February 2018). "These Florida lawmakers accepted money from the National Rifle Association". CNN. Atlanta. Retrieved 22 February 2018. 
  13. ^ Aaronson, Trevor (20 February 2018). "Thoughts, Prayers and NRA Dollars: How the Gun Lobby Supports and Opposes Members of Florida's Congressional Delegation". Florida Center for Investigative Reporting. Florida Center for Investigative Reporting. 
  14. ^ Schmitz, Ali (24 February 2018). "NRA vs. Republicans? Unexpected battle shaping up after Parkland high school shooting". TCPalm. Treasure City, Florida. Retrieved 24 February 2018. 
  15. ^ "In the wake of school shooting, follow the money". SunSentinel. Broward County, Florida. 18 February 2018. Retrieved 24 February 2018. 
  16. ^ Rangel, Isadora (7 October 2017). "U.S. Rep. Bill Posey: Outlaw bump stocks". Florida Today. Brevard County, Florida. Retrieved 24 February 2018. 
  17. ^ Berman, Dave. "Posey, Rothblatt take their shots at congressional debate". Florida Today. Retrieved 22 December 2017. 
  18. ^ Johnson, Chris (7 October 2016). "Rubio's score plummets to '0' in HRC congressional ratings". Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights. Retrieved 22 December 2017. 
  19. ^ Lopez, German. "Here are the members of Congress who voted against protecting gay people from hate crimes". Vox. Retrieved 22 December 2017. 
  20. ^ "Florida Scorecard - - Working to Reform Marijuana Laws". NORML. Retrieved 22 December 2017. 
  21. ^ Almukhtar, Sarah (19 December 2017). "How Each House Member Voted on the Tax Bill". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 December 2017. 

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Florida House of Representatives
Preceded by
Dixie Sansom
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 32nd district

Succeeded by
Bob Allen
Florida Senate
Preceded by
Patsy Ann Kurth
Member of the Florida Senate
from the 15th district

Succeeded by
Paula Dockery
Preceded by
Lisa Carlton
Member of the Florida Senate
from the 24th district

Succeeded by
Thad Altman
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Dave Weldon
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 15th congressional district

Succeeded by
Dennis A. Ross
Preceded by
Daniel Webster
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 8th congressional district

Current U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
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Jared Polis
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Phil Roe