Jessica Ehrlich

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Jessica Ehrlich
Residence St. Petersburg, Florida
Alma mater Vanderbilt University
Southern Methodist University
Occupation Attorney
Political party Democratic

Jessica Ehrlich is a St. Petersburg, Florida attorney. She was the Democratic nominee for Florida's 13th congressional district in (2012), losing to long-time incumbent Bill Young. Ehrlich was running for a re-match until Young died and Democrat Alex Sink entered the race. Ehrlich dropped out of the race after Sink declared her candidacy.

Personal life and education[edit]

Jessica Ehrlich was born at St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg, Florida. Ehrlich grew up in St. Petersburg attending The Canterbury School and graduating from Shorecrest Preparatory School.[1] Ehrlich graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1995, and later earned her J.D. from Southern Methodist University.[2] Her father, Charles Ehrlich, was a prominent attorney in St. Petersburg who served as a Florida Assistant State Attorney.[3] Charles and his mother Jeanette escaped from Nazi Germany in 1944.[4] Her mother, Jacquelyn Ehrlich, an evangelical Christian of the Presbyterian faith, is a retired registered nurse and a graduate of the London School of Economics.


Ehrlich interned for Florida federal judge Elizabeth Kovachevich. Ehrlich also worked for Goldman Sachs, Estée Lauder, and Cartier.[5] Ehrlich has worked for Republican Congressman Clay Shaw and Democratic Congressman Stephen Lynch. She is affiliated with Ruth’s List Florida, She Should Run, and the Florida Association of Women Lawyers.[6] Ehrlich has also been affiliated with Yad Vashem, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Florida Holocaust Museum, and the American Israel Friendship League.[4]

Ehrlich ran for Congress in 2012, losing to 21-term incumbent Republican Congressman Bill Young. Ehrlich declared to run again in April 2013 facing Congressman Bill Young. Young announced on October 9, 2013 his intent to retire in 2014. Young died on October 18, 2013.[6][7] Her candidacy was initially endorsed by EMILY's List,[8] but was rescinded after former Florida CFO Alex Sink announced her candidacy in the race.[9] Ehrlich later dropped out of the race.

Ehrlich currently practices law in St. Petersburg, Florida. She is a Certified Family Law Mediator and also specializes in regulatory and compliance law for businesses.

On the issues[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Know Your Candidates: US House District 13". Tampa 17 October 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  2. ^ Leary, Alex (26 February 2012). "Democrats think Jessica Ehrlich could pose strong challenge to U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  3. ^ "Charles W. Ehrlich". Tampa Bay Times. 27 June 2010. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  4. ^ a b Fryer, Bob (5 October 2012). "Jewish newcomer challenges veteran". Jewish Press. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  5. ^ Weinstein, Jamie (16 April 2007). "Team Lynch". The Hill. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  6. ^ a b Schorsch, Peter (18 April 2013). "Democrat Jessica Ehrlich to challenge Congressman Bill Young". SaintPetersBlog. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  7. ^ Zengerle, Patricia "Rep. Bill Young, longest serving Republican in U.S. Congress, dead at 82" (Oct. 18, 2013) Reuters|
  8. ^ Jaffe, Alexandra (16 May 2013). "EMILY's List announces first round of top candidates". The Hill. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  9. ^ Smith, Adam. "Sexist pressure on Jessica Ehrlich to step aside for Alex Sink?". Tampa Bay Times. Poynter Institute. Retrieved 2013-10-30.

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