Elizabeth W. Porter

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Elizabeth W. Porter
State Representative Elizabeth Porter.jpg
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 10th district
Assumed office
November 20, 2012
Preceded by Leonard Bembry
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 11th district
In office
November 16, 2010 – November 20, 2012
Preceded by Debbie Boyd
Succeeded by Janet H. Adkins
Personal details
Born (1964-11-18) November 18, 1964 (age 52)
Lake City, Florida
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Andrew Porter
Children Erin, Drew
Alma mater Lake City Community College (A.A.)
Florida State University (B.A.)
Profession Medical billing and consulting
Religion Christianity

Elizabeth Whiddon Porter (born November 18, 1964) is a Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 10th District, which includes Alachua, Baker, Columbia, Hamilton, and Suwannee Counties, since 2012, previously representing the 11th District from 2010 to 2012.


Porter was born in Lake City, Florida, and attended Lake City Community College, from which she received her associates degree. After graduation, she was a student at Florida State University, where she graduated with a degree in communications. Following graduation, she worked in medical billing and consulting. Porter was elected to the Columbia County Commission, and served as the Chairwoman of the Commission.

Florida House of Representatives[edit]

In 2008, Porter ran for the Florida House of Representatives as a Republican in the 11th District, which included Alachua, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Lafayette, and Suwannee Counties, against incumbent Democratic State Representative Debbie Boyd. Porter narrowly lost to Boyd by 179 votes, prompting an automatic recount, which upheld Boyd's victory. In 2010, Porter ran against Boyd again, winning the Republican nomination against Paul Watson, Terry Rauch, and Charles E. Underhill. She faced Boyd and Tea Party candidate John Ferentinos in the general election, and campaigned on her opposition to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and her support for a Florida version of Arizona SB 1070.[1] Porter ended up winning the election handily, receiving 54% of the vote to Boyd's 40% and Ferentinos's 6%.

In 2012, when the Florida House of Representatives districts were reconfigured, Porter was drawn into the 10th District, which included most of her former territory from the 11th District, as well as her home in Columbia County. She was unopposed in both the primary and general elections and won re-election.

While in the legislature, Porter supported the Career and Professional Education (CAPE) Act, which would "allow students to meet their high school graduation requirements with classes that are relevant to their future careers," noting that, under the legislation, "the forgotten half we left behind" would benefit from the changes.[2] She also supported reform in other areas relating to education, namely, high school sports, favoring legislation written by fellow State Representative Larry Metz that "strips power away from the Florida High School Athletic Association," as she declared, "It's about time someone reined in the power and the abuse of power by the FHSAA."[3]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Crabbe, Nathan (October 31, 2010). "Three vie for Florida House District 11". The Gainesville Sun. Retrieved May 2, 2014. 
  2. ^ Pillow, Travis (May 5, 2013). "Education 'renaissance': Schools policy emerges as session focus". Tallahassee Democrat. Retrieved May 2, 2014. 
  3. ^ McGrory, Kathleen (April 24, 2013). "High school sports bill gets a 'Hail Mary' in the Florida House". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved May 2, 2014.