Bill Posey

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Bill Posey
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Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded by Daniel Webster
Constituency 8th district
In office
January 3, 2009 – January 3, 2013
Preceded by Dave Weldon
Succeeded by Dennis Ross
Constituency 15th district
Member of the Florida Senate
from the 24th district
In office
Preceded by Lisa Carlton
Succeeded by Thad Altman
Member of the Florida Senate
from the 15th district
In office
Preceded by Patsy Ann Kurth
Succeeded by Paula Dockery
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 32nd district
In office
Preceded by Dixie Sansom
Succeeded by Bob Allen
Personal details
Born William Joseph Posey
(1947-12-18) December 18, 1947 (age 69)
Washington, D.C.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Katie Ingram
Residence Rockledge, Florida
Alma mater Brevard Community College
Profession real estate executive
Religion MethodistUMC

William Joseph "Bill" Posey (born December 18, 1947) is the U.S. Representative for Florida's 8th congressional district, serving in Congress since 2009. He is a member of the Republican Party. He formerly served in the Florida Senate and the Florida House of Representatives.

Early life, education, and business career[edit]

Posey was born in Washington, D.C., the son of Beatrice (née Tohl) and Walter J. Posey. His mother's family immigrated from Russia and is of Jewish heritage.[1] Posey moved to Florida in 1956 as his father took a job in engineering with McDonnell Douglas, working on the Delta rocket.[2] In 1969, he graduated from Brevard Community College with an Associate of Arts degree.

He obtained his own work at McDonnell Douglas,[clarification needed] but was laid off at the end of NASA's Apollo Space Program. From 1974 to 1976, Bill Posey worked on the Rockledge Planning Commission. In 1976, he was elected as a member of the City Council, and from 1986 to 1992, he was a member of the Brevard County Business and Industrial Development Commission. Posey then founded his own real estate company in the 1970s. He later became director of the state Association of Realtors. While serving in local politics, he also became a researcher on government accountability and transparency.

Florida legislature[edit]

In 2006, Posey authored Activity Based Total Accountability, which outlines his suggestions for improving American politics.

While serving in the state legislature, Posey was a chief sponsor of a bill designed to modernize the Florida election process, in response to the 2000 presidential election controversy. He also worked to revise insurance policy, so as to aid hurricane victims.[3]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]



In 2008, Posey ran to replace retiring U.S. Congressman Dave Weldon, who had occupied the 15th District seat since 1995, when the district first voted Republican. He was opposed by Democrat Stephen Blythe, and the independent, libertarian leaning Frank Zilaitis. Posey won with 53% of the vote, defeating his closest challenger, Blythe, by 11%.[4]


Posey won re-election against former NASA executive and public administrator Shannon Roberts.


Posey won re-election with nearly 60% of the vote against Democratic nominee Shannon Roberts and non-partisan candidate Richard Gillmor.[5]


Posey won re-election with 65.84% of the vote against Democratic candidate Gabriel Rothblatt.


Posey won re-election with 63.11% of the vote against Democratic candidate Corry Westbrook.


Bill Posey is a signer of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.[6]

On March 12, 2009, Posey introduced into the United States House of Representatives H.R. 1503.[7] Posey claims that the bill, which would require future presidential candidates to provide a copy of their original birth certificate, is a reaction to unsubstantiated claims that President Barack Obama is not a natural born U.S. citizen.[8][9] Critics, including the editorial board of The Orlando Sentinel, have claimed that the bill further perpetuates the conspiracy theories.

When asked whether or not he believed Obama to be a natural born citizen, Posey remarked that his beliefs on the matter were irrelevant.[10] Posey's bill gained the support of 12 Republican co-sponsors.[11][12]

Posey believes there is a link between Thimerosal, a preservative used in some vaccines and autism.[13][14]

Committee assignments[edit]


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  2. ^ Takala, Rudy (July 5, 2016). "The red tape keeping private companies from getting us into space". The Washington Examiner. Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Biography - Congressman Bill Posey, Representing the 15th District of Florida". Archived from the original on January 11, 2009. Retrieved January 12, 2009. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "Posey wins 3rd term in House". Florida TODAY. Retrieved 7 November 2012. 
  6. ^ Current Taxpayer Protection Pledge Signers Archived July 25, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. [2]
  7. ^ Text of H.R. 1503
  8. ^ Birther bill hits Congress, The Politico, March 13, 2009
  9. ^ Republican wants WH candidates to prove citizenship, CNN, March 13, 2009
  10. ^ Posey: Future presidential candidates should show their birth certificates; won’t say whether he believes Obama is a US citizen Archived March 19, 2009, at the Wayback Machine., Orlando Sentinel, March 13, 2009
  11. ^ Rep. Bob Goodlatte [VA-6] – 5/5/2009, Rep. John R. Carter [TX-31] – 6/12/2009, Rep. John Culberson [TX-7] – 6/12/2009, Rep. Randy Neugebauer [TX-19] – 6/12/2009, Rep. John Campbell [CA-48] – 6/17/2009, Rep. Marsha Blackburn [TN-7] – 6/26/2009, Rep. Ted Poe [TX-2] – 7/7/2009, Rep. Dan Burton [IN-5] – 7/7/2009, Rep Kenny Marchant [TX-24] – 7/9/2009, Rep. Louie Gohmert [TX-1] – 7/28/2009, Rep. Trent Franks – 9/9/2009, Rep. Mike Conaway – 4/28/2010
  12. ^ "Bill Summary & Status – 111th Congress (2009 – 2010) – H.R.1503 – Cosponsors – THOMAS (Library of Congress)". Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  13. ^ "Posey Questions CDC on Autism Research". 2012-11-29. Retrieved 2016-08-06. 
  14. ^ Salzberg, Steven (December 3, 2012). "Congress Holds An Anti-Vaccination Hearing". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-01-10. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dixie Sansom
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 32nd district

Succeeded by
Bob Allen
Preceded by
Patsy Ann Kurth
Member of the Florida Senate
from the 15th district

Succeeded by
Paula Dockery
Preceded by
Lisa Carlton
Member of the Florida Senate
from the 24th district

Succeeded by
Thad Altman
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Dave Weldon
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 15th congressional district

Succeeded by
Dennis A. Ross
Preceded by
Daniel Webster
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 8th congressional district

United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Jared Polis
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Phil Roe