Blaise Ingoglia

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Blaise Ingoglia
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Chair of the Florida Republican Party
Assumed office
January 17, 2015
Preceded by Leslie Dougher
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 35th district
Assumed office
November 4, 2014
Preceded by Rob Schenck
Personal details
Born (1970-11-04) November 4, 1970 (age 47)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political party Republican
Education City University of New York,
Queens

City University of New York,
Brooklyn

Blaise Ingoglia (born November 4, 1970) is a Republican politician who currently serves as a member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 35th District, which includes Spring Hill and Brooksville in Hernando County, since 2014. Ingoglia also serves as the chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, a position he has held since 2015.

History[edit]

Ingoglia was born in Queens in New York City, and attended Queens College, studying economics and accounting, and Brooklyn College, studying biology, but he did not graduate. In 1996, he moved to Spring Hill, Florida, so that he could start America One Mortgage, his first small business, and Hartland Homes. He entered politics in 2007 when he began giving seminars on perceived waste and "excess spending" in government that he called "Government Gone Wild.In 2008, he spent nearly fifty thousand dollars of his own money "to unseat the career, big-government, tax-and-spend county commissioners from office that refused to offer property tax relief," an effort that was ultimately successful.[1] Ingoglia was elected as the Chairman of the Hernando County Republican Executive Committee in 2009, and then was elected the Vice-Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida in 2011.[2] In 2016 Ingoglia stepped down as Chairman of the Hernando County Republican Party when he was elected State Committeeman for Hernando County. [3]

Florida House of Representatives[edit]

In 2014, incumbent State Representative Robert C. Schenck was unable to seek re-election due to term limits, so Ingoglia ran to succeed him. He won the Republican primary unopposed, and faced Democratic nominee Rose Rocco, a former Hernando County Commissioner, and independent candidates James Scavetta and Hamilton R. Hanson in the general election. He campaigned on job creation and economic development, saying repeatedly, "It's about jobs."[1] Ultimately, Ingoglia defeated his opponents by a wide margin, winning 51% of the vote to Rocco's 42%, Scavetta's 4%, and Hanson's 3%.

Following his election to the legislature, Ingoglia announced that he would seek election as the Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, and successfully challenged and defeated the incumbent Chairwoman, Leslie Dougher.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bates, Michael D. (October 18, 2014). "Four to vite for state House in District 35". Hernando Today. Archived from the original on December 13, 2014. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  2. ^ Marrero, Tony (May 8, 2013). "State Republican Party official Blaise Ingoglia will run for state House seat in Hernando". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  3. ^ Behrendt, Barbara (August 30, 2016). "Ingoglia wins race for Republican committeeman in Hernando". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved January 2, 2017.
  4. ^ Henderson, Jeff (December 3, 2014). "After 2014 GOP Wins, Leslie Dougher has to Fight to Keep Her Job". Sunshine State News. Archived from the original on December 13, 2014. Retrieved December 11, 2014.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Leslie Dougher
Chair of the Florida Republican Party
2015–present
Incumbent