|Member of the Florida Senate
from the 23rd district
November 8, 2016
|Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 73rd district
November 2, 2010 – November 8, 2016
|Preceded by||Ron Reagan|
|Succeeded by||Joe Gruters|
May 19, 1978 |
|Alma mater||University of Florida (B.S.)
Fredric G. Levin College of Law (J.D.)
W. Gregory "Greg" Steube (born May 19, 1978) is a Republican member of the Florida Senate who has represented the 23rd district, encompassing Sarasota County and western Charlotte County, since 2016. He previously served three terms in the Florida House of Representatives, representing the Sarasota-Manatee area from 2010 to 2016.
Steube was born in Bradenton to Brad Steube, who currently serves as the 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, where he served in Operation Iraqi Freedom in the Judge Advocate General's Corps from 2004 to 2008, earning the Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Bar, and Parachutist Badge.
Florida House of Representatives
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." 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 McKann's 19%. He advanced to the general election, where he faced Democratic nominee Z. J. Hafeez and independent candidate John M. Studebaker. Both candidates opposes 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." In the end, Steube defeated both his opponents in a landslide, winning 68% of the vote to Hafeez's 27% and Studebaker's 5%.
Following the reconfiguration of state legislative districts in 2012, Steube was drawn into the 73rd District, where he ran for re-election. The 73rd District contained most of the territory that Steube had represented in the 67th District, dropping its reach into Hillsborough County for a deeper cut of Sarasota 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. 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. 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.
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%.
- "Buchanan endorses Greg Steube in race". Bradenton Herald. May 5, 2009. Retrieved May 8, 2014.
- Maley, Dennis (October 14, 2010). "Florida Dist. 67 House Race: Hafeez and Steube Break the Mold". The Bradenton Times. Retrieved May 8, 2014.
- 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.
- "Greg Steube's legislative achievements rate new House term". Bradenton Herald. October 23, 2012. Retrieved May 8, 2014.
- 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.
- Anderson, Zac (2016-11-08). "Greg Steube breaks the mold with his win". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Retrieved 2016-11-13.