Greg Steube

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Greg Steube
Greg Steube, official portrait, 116th congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 17th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded byTom Rooney
Member of the Florida Senate
from the 23rd district
In office
November 8, 2016 – November 6, 2018
Preceded byGarrett Richter
Succeeded byJoe Gruters
Member of the
Florida House of Representatives
In office
November 6, 2012 – November 8, 2016
Preceded byMatt Caldwell
Succeeded byJoe Gruters
Constituency73rd
In office
November 2, 2010 – November 6, 2012
Preceded byRon Reagan
Succeeded byEd Hooper
Constituency67th
Personal details
Born
William Gregory Steube

(1978-05-19) May 19, 1978 (age 43)
Bradenton, Florida, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Jennifer Steube
Children1
EducationUniversity of Florida (BS, JD)
WebsiteHouse website
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service2004–2008
UnitJudge Advocate General's Corps
Battles/warsIraq War

William Gregory Steube[1] (/ˈstbi/ STOOB-ee; born May 19, 1978) is an American attorney and politician serving as U.S. Representative for Florida's 17th congressional district since 2019. A member of the Republican Party, his district stretches across a large swath of south-central Florida, from the outer suburbs of Sarasota and Fort Myers through the Everglades to the shores of Lake Okeechobee. Steube served three terms in the Florida House of Representatives, representing the Sarasota-Manatee area from 2010 to 2016, as well as two years in the Florida Senate until 2018, representing Sarasota County and the western part of Charlotte County.

Early life[edit]

Steube was born in Bradenton to Brad Steube, who served as Sheriff of Manatee County. He attended the University of Florida, receiving a degree in Animal Science in 2000, and then his Juris Doctor from the Fredric G. Levin College of Law in 2003. Also while at UF, Steube was a brother of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. Following graduation, Steube joined the United States Army and attended The JAG School at the University of Virginia and entered U.S. Army JAG Corps. He served from 2004 to 2008 and deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Florida House of Representatives[edit]

Steube in 2011

When State Representative Ron Reagan was unable to seek re-election in 2010 due to term limits, Steube ran to succeed him in the 67th District, which was based in southern Hillsborough County, eastern Manatee County, and northern Sarasota County, stretching from Apollo Beach to Fruitville. He received an endorsement from United States Congressman Vern Buchanan, who declared that Steube was "extremely knowledgeable of the district and the district's issues."[2] In the Republican primary, he faced Jeremiah J. Guccione and Robert McKann, whom he was able to easily defeat, receiving 53% of the vote to Guccione's 28% and McCann's 19%. He advanced to the general election, where he faced Democratic nominee Z. J. Hafeez and independent candidate John M. Studebaker. Both candidates opposed offshore oil drilling off the coast of the state, supported solar energy, and favored medical tort law reform "that they [felt would] increase access to health care for Floridians."[3] In the end, Steube defeated both his opponents in a landslide, winning 68% of the vote to Hafeez's 27% and Studebaker's 5%.[citation needed]

Following the reconfiguration of state legislative districts in 2012, Steube's district was renumbered as the 73rd District. The district was pushed further into Sarasota County while losing its share of Hillsborough County. He won the renomination of his party unopposed, and moved on to the general election, facing only Bob McCann, who had previously run against Steube in the Republican primary in 2010, but was instead running as an independent candidate. Steube and McCann disagreed over whether the state should expand Medicaid under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, with Steube opposed and McCann in favor, and over whether the state should fund charter schools, with Steube in favor and McCann opposed.[4] Steube earned the endorsement of the Bradenton Herald, which praised him for his "strong first term and his qualifications," specifically calling him out for working to put two constitutional amendments on the ballot that provide tax exemptions to the spouses of deceased military veterans and property tax relief to low-income seniors.[5] Ultimately, Steube once again defeated McCann, overwhelming him with 74% of the vote and winning his second term in the legislature. In 2014, Steube was re-elected to his third term in the legislature without opposition.[citation needed]

Florida Senate[edit]

In 2016, Steube ran for the Florida Senate seat vacated by Nancy Detert, who was term limited. He defeated four other candidates in the Republican primary, receiving 31% of the vote, and won the general election against Democrat Frank Alcock, 59 to 41%.[6][7]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

2018

Steube ran for the Republican nomination for Florida's 17th Congressional District in 2018, a seat that was being vacated by Tom Rooney who declined to seek re-election. He won the Republican primary on August 28, 2018. In the general election on November 6, 2018, he defeated Democrat Allen Ellison, who replaced the original Democratic nominee April Freeman after she died unexpectedly in September.[8]

Tenure[edit]

In December 2020, Steube was one of 126 Republican members of the House of Representatives who signed an amicus brief in support of Texas v. Pennsylvania, a lawsuit filed at the United States Supreme Court contesting the results of the 2020 presidential election, in which Joe Biden prevailed[9] over incumbent Donald Trump. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case on the basis that Texas lacked standing under Article III of the Constitution to challenge the results of the election held by another state.[10][11][12]

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement that called signing the amicus brief an act of "election subversion." Additionally, Pelosi reprimanded Steube and the other House members who supported the lawsuit: "The 126 Republican Members that signed onto this lawsuit brought dishonor to the House. Instead of upholding their oath to support and defend the Constitution, they chose to subvert the Constitution and undermine public trust in our sacred democratic institutions."[13][14] New Jersey Representative Bill Pascrell, citing section three of the 14th Amendment, called for Pelosi to not seat Steube and the other Republicans who signed the brief supporting the suit. Pascrell argued that "the text of the 14th Amendment expressly forbids Members of Congress from engaging in rebellion against the United States. Trying to overturn a democratic election and install a dictator seems like a pretty clear example of that."[15]

In October 2020, and again in January 2021, Steube introduced the Curbing Abuse and Saving Expression in Technology Act (CASE-IT Act). The bill would amend Section 230 by making the law's civil liability protections for "interactive computer services" conditional for market-dominant Big Tech platforms. Steube has argued his bill would "ensure that Big Tech will be held accountable for revoking accounts and selectively censoring conservative content on a partisan basis."[16] The bill has four cosponsors.[17]

In late February 2021, Steube and a dozen other Republican House members skipped votes and enlisted others to vote for them, citing the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, he and the other members were actually attending the Conservative Political Action Conference, which was held at the same time as their slated absences.[18] In response, the Campaign for Accountability, an ethics watchdog group, filed a complaint with the House Committee on Ethics and requested an investigation into Steube and the other lawmakers.[19]

In June 2021, Steube was among 21 House Republicans who voted against a resolution to give the Congressional Gold Medal to police officers who defended the U.S. Capitol on January 6.[20]

In the 2021 Congressional Baseball Game, on September 30, Steube recorded a win in 5 2/3 innings, throwing 120 pitches, and also hitting a solo home run.[21]

Iraq[edit]

In June 2021, Steube was one of 49 House Republicans who voted in favor of the repeal of the AUMF against Iraq.[22][23]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

Electoral history[edit]

Six weeks prior to the 2018 election, Steube's Democratic opponent, 54 year old April Freeman, was found dead. As of January 2019, the cause of death is unknown.[26] A Democratic replacement, Allen Ellison, was appointed. However, ballots were already printed. Rather than reprint, Ellison's name was left off of the ballot.[27]

Republican primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Greg Steube 48,963 62.4
Republican Bill Akins 15,133 19.3
Republican Julio Gonzalez 14,402 18.3
Total votes 78,498 100.0
Florida's 17th congressional district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Greg Steube 193,326 62.3
Democratic Allen Ellison 117,194 37.7
Total votes 310,520 100.0
Republican hold
Florida's 17th congressional district, 2020
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Greg Steube (incumbent) 266,514 64.6
Democratic Allen Ellison 140,487 34.1
Independent Theodore Murray 5,396 1.3
Total votes 412,397 100.0
Republican hold

References[edit]

  1. ^ Florida Bar Member Profile, William Gregory Steube
  2. ^ "Buchanan endorses Greg Steube in race". Bradenton Herald. May 5, 2009. Retrieved May 8, 2014.
  3. ^ Maley, Dennis (October 14, 2010). "Florida Dist. 67 House Race: Hafeez and Steube Break the Mold". The Bradenton Times. Retrieved May 8, 2014.
  4. ^ Williams, Nick (September 25, 2012). "Education, health care at heart of debate between Steube, McCann for District 73 House race". Bradenton Herald. Retrieved May 8, 2014.
  5. ^ "Greg Steube's legislative achievements rate new House term". Bradenton Herald. October 23, 2012. Archived from the original on May 13, 2014. Retrieved May 8, 2014.
  6. ^ Buzzacco-Foerster, Jenna (2016-08-30). "Greg Steube wins in SD 23, will face Democrat Frank Alcock in November". Florida Politics. Retrieved 2016-11-13.
  7. ^ Anderson, Zac (2016-11-08). "Greg Steube breaks the mold with his win". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Retrieved 2016-11-13.
  8. ^ Smith, Bill (October 2, 2018). "Economic activist to replace April Freeman as Democratic candidate for Congress". The Fort Myers News-Press. Retrieved January 5, 2019.
  9. ^ Blood, Michael R.; Riccardi, Nicholas (December 5, 2020). "Biden officially secures enough electors to become president". AP News. Archived from the original on December 8, 2020. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  10. ^ Liptak, Adam (2020-12-11). "Supreme Court Rejects Texas Suit Seeking to Subvert Election". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on December 11, 2020. Retrieved 2020-12-12.
  11. ^ "Order in Pending Case" (PDF). Supreme Court of the United States. 2020-12-11. Archived (PDF) from the original on December 11, 2020. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  12. ^ Diaz, Daniella. "Brief from 126 Republicans supporting Texas lawsuit in Supreme Court". CNN. Archived from the original on December 12, 2020. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  13. ^ Smith, David (2020-12-12). "Supreme court rejects Trump-backed Texas lawsuit aiming to overturn election results". The Guardian. Retrieved 2020-12-13.
  14. ^ "Pelosi Statement on Supreme Court Rejecting GOP Election Sabotage Lawsuit" (Press release). Speaker Nancy Pelosi. December 11, 2020. Retrieved December 13, 2020.
  15. ^ Williams, Jordan (2020-12-11). "Democrat asks Pelosi to refuse to seat lawmakers supporting Trump's election challenges". TheHill. Archived from the original on December 12, 2020. Retrieved 2020-12-12.
  16. ^ CKGJanuary 12; Pm, 2021 at 5:04 (2021-01-12). "Greg Steube files bill to curb social media 'censorship' of conservatives". Florida Politics - Campaigns & Elections. Lobbying & Government. Retrieved 2021-08-18.
  17. ^ Steube, W. Gregory (2021-02-02). "H.R.285 - 117th Congress (2021-2022): CASE-IT Act". www.congress.gov. Retrieved 2021-08-18.
  18. ^ Bash, Dana; Raju, Manu; Diaz, Daniella; Fox, Lauren; Warren, Michael (February 26, 2021). "More than a dozen Republicans tell House they can't attend votes due to 'public health emergency.' They're slated to be at CPAC". CNN. Retrieved March 10, 2021.
  19. ^ Grayer, Annie; Diaz, Daniella (March 10, 2021). "First on CNN: Watchdog group requests investigation into 13 GOP lawmakers for misusing proxy voting". CNN. Retrieved March 10, 2021.
  20. ^ Grayer, Annie; Wilson, Kristin (June 16, 2021). "21 Republicans vote no on bill to award Congressional Gold Medal for January 6 police officers". CNN. Retrieved June 16, 2021.
  21. ^ Woodfork, Rob (September 30, 2021). "Republicans edge Democrats 13-12 in Congressional Baseball Game". WTOP. Retrieved September 30, 2021.
  22. ^ "House votes to repeal 2002 Iraq War authorization". NBC News.
  23. ^ https://clerk.house.gov/evs/2021/roll172.xml
  24. ^ McPherson, Lindsey (October 31, 2018). "As House Republicans Brace for Losses, Freedom Caucus Prepares for Growth". rollcall.com. Retrieved November 17, 2018. Potential recruits receiving Freedom Fund money this cycle include Chip Roy in Texas’ 21st District, Yvette Herrell in New Mexico’s 2nd District, Mark Harris in North Carolina’s 9th District, Greg Steube in Florida’s 17th District, Denver Riggleman in Virginia’s 5th District, Mark Green in Tennessee’s 7th District, Russ Fulcher in Idaho’s 1st District, Ron Wright in Texas’ 6th District and Ben Cline in Virginia’s 6th District.
  25. ^ "Membership". Republican Study Committee. 2017-12-06. Retrieved 2021-03-28.
  26. ^ Sanchez, Josh (September 24, 2018). "April Freeman Cause Of Death: How Did April Freeman Die?".
  27. ^ "April Freeman, Congressional candidate in Florida, dies suddenly". 26 September 2018.

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Preceded by Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 67th district

2010–2012
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Preceded by Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 73rd district

2012–2016
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Florida Senate
Preceded by Member of the Florida Senate
from the 23rd district

2016–2018
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Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 17th congressional district

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