Jim King (politician)

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James E. King
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President of the Florida Senate
In office
November 2002 – November 2004
Preceded byJohn McKay
Succeeded byTom Lee
Member of the Florida Senate
from the 8th district
In office
Personal details
Born(1939-10-30)October 30, 1939
Brooklyn, New York
DiedJuly 26, 2009(2009-07-26) (aged 69)
Jacksonville, Florida
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Linda Braddock

James E. King (October 20, 1939 – July 26, 2009) was an American businessman and politician. A Republican, he was a member of Florida House of Representatives from 1986 through 1999, and subsequently represented the 8th District of the Florida Senate from 1999 until his death. He served as President of the Florida Senate from 2002 to 2004 and served as the Majority Leader from 2000 to 2002.

Early years[edit]

King was born in Brooklyn, New York, and moved with his family to Florida in 1945, where he became the first member of his family to graduate from high school[1] He attended Florida State University where he earned bachelor's and master's degrees.[1] He married the former Linda Braddock. He has a daughter, Laurie Anne, from his first marriage to Eileen and a daughter, Monta Michelle, from his second marriage to Dorothy King.[1] King had a rocky start in business, nearly going bankrupt twice before he mortgaged his home in 1969 to start an employment service agency, which was successful.[1] In 1997, he sold the company for $15 million and focused on his political career, which began in 1986.[1]


King was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1986. He was elected to the Florida Senate in 1999 and was the president of the senate from 2003-2004.

In 2006, he was opposed in the Republican primary election by Randall Terry, a prominent pro-life activist who had opposed him on the Schiavo matter.

Another of King's achievements as senator was his legislation on pet burial, which allowed pet owners to be buried with their furry friends.


In May 2009, King was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, but the following month, announced that he was cancer-free. In mid-July, his family announced that the disease had spread and he entered a hospice program.[1] Jim King died on Sunday, July 26, 2009.[2]


  • Florida State University, B.A., 1961, B.S., 1961, M.B.A., 1962
  • St. Petersburg Junior College, A.A., 1959


In 2008 The James E. King Life Sciences Building was opened on the Florida State University campus. At the dedication ceremony then university president T. K. Wetherall had this to say about Senator King:

Senator Jim King, a proud alumnus of this university, has been an enthusiastic and long-term supporter of Florida State who is dedicated to higher education and to advances in biomedical research, and it is therefore fitting that we are naming our wonderful new building in his honor. In fact, Jim was instrumental in helping us to secure the funds for this essential facility. It stands today as a testament to his regard for FSU and his commitment to our students and faculty and the citizens of this state, all of whom will benefit from the enhanced opportunities here for top-notch science education and research.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Galnor, Matt: "State Sen. Jim King dies after battle with pancreatic cancer" Florida Times-Union, July 27, 2009
  2. ^ Senator King Not Expected To Make Recovery, July 26, 2009. First Coast News (news).
  3. ^ "King Building Dedication".

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