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 byRedistricted
Succeeded byJoe Gruters
Member of the
Florida House of Representatives
In office
November 2, 2010 – November 8, 2016
Preceded byRon Reagan
Succeeded byJoe Gruters
Constituency67th district (2010–2012)
73rd district (2012–2016)
Personal details
William Gregory Steube

(1978-05-19) May 19, 1978 (age 42)
Bradenton, Florida, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Jennifer Steube
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] (born May 19, 1978) is an American politician serving as the 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. Prior to his election to Congress, 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.


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]

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]


2018 general election[edit]

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]


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.[9] A Democratic replacement, Allen Ellison, was appointed. However, ballots were already printed. Rather than reprint, Ellison's name was left off of the ballot.[10]

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


  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. ^ Sanchez, Josh (September 24, 2018). "April Freeman Cause Of Death: How Did April Freeman Die?".
  10. ^ "April Freeman, Congressional candidate in Florida, dies suddenly".

External links[edit]

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

Succeeded by
Ed Hooper
Preceded by
Matt Caldwell
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 73rd district

Succeeded by
Joe Gruters
Florida Senate
Preceded by
Garrett Richter
Member of the Florida Senate
from the 23rd district

Succeeded by
Joe Gruters
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Tom Rooney
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 17th congressional district

U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Bryan Steil
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Haley Stevens