Daphne Campbell

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Daphne Campbell
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Member of the Florida Senate
from the 38th district
Assumed office
November 8, 2016
Preceded by Redistricted
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 108th district
In office
November 2, 2010 – November 8, 2016
Preceded by Ronald Brise
Succeeded by Roy Hardemon
Personal details
Born (1957-05-19) May 19, 1957 (age 60)
Cap-Haïtien, Haiti
Political party Democratic
Alma mater SOD Nursing School (B.A.)
Profession Registered nurse

Daphne Campbell (born May 19, 1957) is a Democratic member of the Florida Senate who has represented the 38th district, including Miami Beach, North Miami, and other parts of northeastern Miami-Dade County, since 2016. Previously, she served three terms in the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 108th district from 2010 to 2016.


Campbell was born in Cap-Haïtien, a city in northern Haiti, where she attended the SOD Nursing School, receiving her bachelor's degree in 1981.

Florida House of Representatives[edit]

When incumbent State Representative Ronald Brise accepted a position on the Florida Public Service Commission in 2010, an open seat was created in the 108th District. Campbell ran in the Democratic primary to succeed him, facing Alix Desulme. Following a contentious campaign, she narrowly defeated Desulme by fewer than 400 votes, winning 52% of the vote and advancing to the general election, which she won unopposed.

During her first legislative term, Campbell spoke strongly in favor of pro-life legislation, "speaking out against abortion and quoting the Bible,"[1] which prompted fellow Democrat Scott Randolph to remark that he "hoped Campbell enjoyed her two years in the House," implying that he intended to oppose her when she sought re-election. Campbell alleged that during a verbal altercation about the matter, Randolph and Ronald Saunders, the Minority Leader of the Florida House of Representatives, threw things at her, used foul language, and called her a "traitor."[2] However, despite this, she joined with her colleagues in the minority to oppose legislation that provided additional funding to private and virtual schools, instead calling for more money to be invested in public education.[3]

Following the reconfiguration of legislative districts in 2012, Campbell remained in the 108th District, which retained most of the territory that she had represented previously. She was opposed in the primary by Desulme, her 2010 opponent, and Pat Santangelo. Campbell defeated both of them easily, winning 60% of the vote to Desulme's 23% and Santangelo's 17%. She was re-elected in the general election without any opposition.

."[4] Additionally, after her husband's minivan received several tickets issued by red-light cameras, Campbell sponsored legislation that would "ban...traffic-surveillance cameras."[5]

Florida Senate[edit]

In 2016, Campbell ran for a new Florida Senate seat created after court-ordered redistricting. She defeated five other candidates in the Democratic primary with 31% of the vote, and won the general election against former state representative Philip Brutus, who ran without party affiliation, 75 to 25%.[6][7]


  1. ^ Derby, Kevin (April 28, 2011). "Florida House Passes Mandatory Ultrasound, Other Pro-Life Bills". Sunshine State News. Archived from the original on December 15, 2013. Retrieved December 12, 2013. 
  2. ^ Derby, Kevin (May 3, 2011). "Daphne Campbell Demands Apology from Fellow House Dems". Sunshine State News. Retrieved December 12, 2013. 
  3. ^ Derby, Kevin (May 9, 2011). "Daphne Campbell Solid on Life, but She's No Conservative". Sunshine State News. Retrieved December 12, 2013. 
  4. ^ Caputo, Marc; Sallah, Michael (July 27, 2012). "South Florida state Rep. Daphne Campbell faces IRS investigation". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved December 12, 2013. 
  5. ^ Caputo, Marc (February 11, 2013). "Traffic tickets, fraud probes deaths--and state Rep. Daphne Campbell". Miami Herald. Retrieved December 12, 2013. 
  6. ^ Clark, Kristen; Klas, Mary Ellen (2016-08-30). "Familiar candidates Rivera, Bullard, Campbell win state legislative primaries". Miami Herald. Retrieved 2016-11-13. 
  7. ^ Klas, Mary Ellen; Charles, Jacqueline; Staletovich, Jenny (2016-11-30). "Diaz de la Portilla and Bullard defeated in state Senate upsets". Miami Herald. Retrieved 2016-11-13. 

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