Frank Artiles

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Frank Artiles
State Representative Frank Artiles.jpg
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 118th district
Assumed office
November 20, 2012
Preceded by Dwight Bullard
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 119th district
In office
November 16, 2010 – November 20, 2012
Preceded by Juan C. Zapata
Succeeded by Jeanette Núñez
Personal details
Born (1973-04-22) April 22, 1973 (age 42)
Los Angeles, California
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Aimee Sontag
Children Isabella, Giavanna
Alma mater Florida State University (B.S.)
St. Thomas University School of Law (J.D.)
University of Miami School of Law (LL.M.)
Profession Public adjuster and appraiser
Religion Christianity

Frank Artiles (born April 22, 1973) is a Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 118th District, which stretches from Richmond West to Tamiami in eastern Miami-Dade County, since 2012, previously representing the 119th District from 2010 to 2012.

History[edit]

Artiles was born in Los Angeles, California, in 1973, and moved to the state of Florida in 1975. He attended Florida State University, graduating with a degree in criminal justice and criminology in 1995. Following graduation, Artiles joined the United States Marine Corps in 1998 and served with the 4th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company in West Palm Beach, enabling him to attend the St. Thomas University School of Law, from which he received his Juris Doctor in 2000, and the University of Miami School of Law, receiving his Master of Laws in real property development in 2001. While serving in the armed forces, Artiles was deployed to Port of Spain in April 2002 as part of Operation Weedeater, part of a drug operation with the Drug Enforcement Administration, and to Iraq as a part of Operation Iraqi Freedom in March 2003. During his service, Artiles received the Presidential Unit Citation, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Navy and Marine Corps Medal, and the Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal.

Florida House of Representatives[edit]

In 2002, following the reconfiguration of the state's legislative districts, Artiles opted to run for the Florida House of Representatives in the 119th District, which stretched from Doral to Florida City in eastern Miami-Dade County. He faced Juan C. Zapata, Tim Hyman, and Armando Pomar in the Republican primary, and narrowly lost to Zapata, receiving 32% of the vote to Zapata's 36%, Hyman's 29%, and Pomar's 4%. Artiles ran against Zapata, who was then the incumbent, again in 2004, but lost by a wide margin, winning only 36% of the vote to Zapata's 64%. When Zapata was unable to seek re-election in 2010 due to term limits, Artiles once again ran in the 119th District, and this time, won the primary election unopposed. He advanced to the general election, where he faced Katie Edwards, the Democratic nominee, Tea Party candidate Alex Fernandez, and independent candidate Graziella Denny. Ultimately, Artiles emerged victorious, scoring 52% of the vote to Edwards's 44%.

When the state's legislative districts were redrawn in 2012, Artiles was moved into the 118th District, which retained most of the territory that he had previously represented in the 119th District. He won the Republican primary unopposed, and faced only write-in opposition in the general election, resulting in a landslide victory to his second term in the legislature.

During the 2014 legislative session, Artiles sponsored legislation that made electronic cigarettes illegal for minors to use. Though the bill initially contained a prevision that Artiles hoped would result in a statewide ban on e-cigarettes, an amendment sponsored by fellow Republican State Representative Bill Hager stripped the provision from the bill that "would have prevented local governments from creating their own rules on e-cigarettes and tobacco products." Following a unanimous vote in support of the bill, Artiles remarked, "At the end of the day, the state of Florida has acted before the federal government in protecting our children from contaminating their lungs with vaporizing devices and e-cigarettes."[1] Additionally, Artiles worked with State Senator Jeff Brandes to author legislation that would have repealed the red-light camera law in the state, arguing that the cameras were not needed to improve safety. He declared, "We currently have the tools in our toolbox to stop the red-light infractions from occurring, we do not need the red light cameras today in Florida."[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McGrory, Kathleen; Mitchell, Tia (April 24, 2014). "E-cigs closer off limits now for Florida minors". Bradenton Herald. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  2. ^ McGrory, Kathleen; Mitchell, Tia (February 11, 2014). "Two Florida lawmakers, including Miami Republican Frank Artiles, push ban on red-light cameras". Miami Herald. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 

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