Dana Young

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Dana D. Young
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Member of the Florida Senate
from the 18th district
Assumed office
November 8, 2016
Preceded by Redistricted
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 60th district
57th (2010-2012)
In office
November 2, 2010 – November 8, 2016
Preceded by Faye B. Culp
Succeeded by Jackie Toledo
Personal details
Born (1964-11-09) November 9, 1964 (age 53)
Tallahassee, Florida
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Matt Young
Children Alexandra, Carson
Alma mater Florida State University (B.S.)
University of Virginia School of Law (J.D.)
Profession Attorney

Dana Young (born November 9, 1964) is a Republican member of the Florida Senate who has represented the 18th district, which encompasses western Hillsborough County, since 2016. She previously served three terms in the Florida House of Representatives from 2010 to 2016.


Young was born in Tallahassee into a political family that included her grandfather, W. Randolph Hodges, a former member of the Florida State Senate; her uncle, Gene Hodges, a former State Representative; and her father, Don Duden, a former Assistant Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. She attended Florida State University, where she graduated with a Bachelor's degree in 1985, and from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she graduated with her Juris Doctor in 1993. After graduation, she began work as an attorney in private practice, joining Fowler, White, Boggs, P.A., in their Regulated Industries Department.

Florida Legislature[edit]

House of Representatives[edit]

In 2010, when incumbent State Representative Faye B. Culp was unable to run for re-election in the 57th District, based in Hillsborough, due to term limits, Young ran to succeed her in the Republican primary. She faced C. Todd Marks and Dan Molloy, whom she was able to defeat comfortably, winning 55% of the vote. In the general election, Young encountered Stacy Frank, the Democratic nominee. The two sharply disagreed on any number of issues, including the United States embargo against Cuba, which Young supported and Frank opposed; the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which Frank supported and Young opposed; and Florida's ban on gay adoption, which Frank called "unconscionable," but which Young supported, noting, "Regardless of party affiliation, I think that we all agree that the best scenario for a child is to be in a loving family with a mother and father."[1] In the end, Young ended up defeating Frank with 56% of the vote.

When Florida House of Representatives districts were reconfigured in 2012, Young opted to run in the newly created 60th District, which included most the territory that she had previously represented in the 57th. In both the primary and the general election, she had no opponent, and won her second term entirely uncontested.

Following the resignation of Jennifer Carroll, the Lieutenant Governor of Florida, Young was named by Governor Rick Scott as Carroll's replacement on the Florida Defense Support Task Force, which is "charged with enhancing and protecting Florida's military missions and installations."[2] In this capacity, Young took a strong stance in favor of acquiring land adjacent to MacDill Air Force Base, as it "could be used for residential development incompatible with base operations," which could potentially "threaten MacDill Air Force Base's ranking in the next round of base closures" by the Base Realignment and Closure Commission.[3]

In 2014, Young was re-elected to her third term in the legislature without opposition.


Young ran for the Florida Senate in 2016 after court-ordered redistricting created an open seat in western Hillsborough County in 2016. She defeated Democrat Bob Buesing and independent Joe Redner in the general election, 48 to 41 to 10%. She will likely be defending her seat in 2018, which might be at risk. [4]


She is one of the founders of Maggie's List.[5]


Dana Young faced controversy over voting for millions in dollars in tax breaks for Alico after private helicopter rides with the company, and their subsequent 15K contribution to her PAC after the vote.[6]


  1. ^ Zink, Janet (September 17, 2010). "Big crowd turns out for Stacey Frank, Dana Young face-off". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved May 7, 2014. 
  2. ^ Jordan Sexton, Christine (April 9, 2013). "Scott calls on Dana Young to take some of former Lt. Gov. Carroll's duties". Orlando Business Journal. Retrieved May 7, 2014. 
  3. ^ Jackovics, Ted (April 10, 2013). "Land buy seen as way to preserve MacDill". Tampa Tribune. Retrieved May 7, 2014. 
  4. ^ Danielson, Richard (November 8, 2016). "Dana Young outpaces three rivals to win Tampa's state Senate District 18". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 2016-11-13. 
  5. ^ "Maggie's List. Women's Political Action Committee. Who is Maggie's List?". Maggieslist.org. Archived from the original on 2015-06-20. Retrieved 2015-06-13. 
  6. ^ "Legislators approve water farming funding after copter rides, donations". Tampa Bay Times. 2015-05-10. 

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