Jeff Brandes

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Jeff Brandes
Jeff Brandes State Senate.jpg
Member of the Florida Senate
from the 22nd district
Assumed office
Preceded by David H. Simmons
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 52nd district
In office
Preceded by Bill Heller
Succeeded by Ritch Workman
Personal details
Born (1976-02-12) February 12, 1976 (age 42)
St. Petersburg, Florida
Political party Republican
Alma mater Marion Military Institute (A.A.) Carson-Newman College (B.S.)
Profession Real estate
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch Seal of the United States Army Reserve.svg United States Army Reserve
Years of service 1996-2007
Unit United States Army

Jeffrey P. "Jeff" Brandes (born February 12, 1976, in St. Petersburg, Florida) is a Republican member of the Florida Senate, representing the 22nd District, which includes western Hillsborough and southern Pinellas Counties since 2012.

Brandes served in the United States Army Reserve from 1996 to 2007 following his graduation from the Marion Military Institute in Marion, Alabama in 1996 and while he attended Carson-Newman College, from which he graduated in 1999 with a degree in business administration. From 2003 to 2004, Brandes served in the Iraq War, for which he earned a Combat Action Badge.

In 2010, Brandes ran for the Florida House of Representatives from the 52nd District as a Republican, which was based in Pinellas County, challenging incumbent Democratic State Representative Bill Heller. In a good year for Republicans nationwide and statewide, Brandes narrowly defeated Heller, winning over him with 51% of the vote.

Following the reconfiguration of Florida Senate districts in 2012, Brandes opted to run in the 22nd District rather than seek a second term in the House. In the Republican primary, he faced fellow State Representative James Frishe. Brandes was endorsed by former Governor of Florida Jeb Bush,[1] and defeated Frishe with 56% of the vote. He was unopposed in the general election.

While serving in the Senate, Brandes, an opponent of red-light cameras, attached a provision onto highway safety legislation that would "require the cities and counties [that have cameras] to create an administrative appeals process for motorists who contest the initial red-light camera violations."[2] Additionally, he sponsored legislation that was signed into law by Governor Rick Scott dealing with the "pension plans that cover public safety workers"; the legislation was strongly opposed by police and firefighter unions, who warned that it would "cause a spike in pension costs."[3]

Brandes received a 114.3% (A+) score from Americans for Prosperity, a conservative advocacy group funded by the billionaire Koch Brothers. He was the #1 rated legislator by far for AFP in Florida.[4]


  1. ^ Smith, Adam C. (August 1, 2012). "Jeb Bush appears in new Jeff Brandes ad for Fla Sen". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved June 20, 2013.
  2. ^ Dunkelberger, Lloyd (June 13, 2013). "Scott approves changes to red-light camera rules". Daytona Beach News-Journal. Retrieved June 20, 2013.
  3. ^ Bousquet, Steve (May 31, 2013). "Gov. Scott signs pension bill opposed by police and fire unions". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved June 20, 2013.
  4. ^ "Americans for Prosperity Florida Economic Freedom Scorecard 2016 Legislative Session" (PDF). Americans for Prosperity.

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