Keith Fitzgerald

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Keith Fitzgerald
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 69th district
In office
Preceded by Ray Pilon
Personal details
Born (1956-11-30) November 30, 1956 (age 60)
Springfield, Ohio
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Angela Baker
Residence Sarasota, Florida
Alma mater University of Louisville, Indiana University
Occupation political scientist

Keith Fitzgerald is a former Democratic member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 69th District for two terms from 2007 to 2010.

Academic career[edit]

Keith Fitzgerald is also a political scientist specializing in American politics with a focus on institutions and public policy. He is the author of Face of the Nation: Immigration, the State, and the National Identity. Following a stint at Grinnell College, since 1994 Fitzgerald has been a professor of political science at the New College of Florida. He received his B.A. from the University of Louisville and his Ph.D. from Indiana University.

Florida legislature[edit]

In December 2005, Keith Fitzgerald announced his candidacy for the Florida State House, running as a Democrat in District 69, which contains the city of Sarasota, Florida and part of Manatee county.[1] Fitzgerald narrowly defeated Republican Laura Benson 51% to 49% in the November 2006 election.[2]

In 2008 Fitzgerald was re-elected, again running against Laura Benson. In 2010 however, he was defeated by Ray Pilon.[3]

2012 U.S. House campaign[edit]

Fitzgerald won the Democratic nomination to challenge Vern Buchanan in Florida's 16th congressional district.[4]


A mid-July 2012 poll showed the incumbent US Rep. Vern Buchanan leading Keith Fitzgerald by a margin of 54%-32%. The poll had a margin of error of +/-4.9%.[5]

An independent poll released on September 5, 2012 showed the incumbent US Rep. Vern Buchanan leading Keith Fitzgerald by a margin of 56%-37%. The poll had a margin of error of 4%-5%.[6]


As of August 3, 2012, Fitzgerald's campaign had $670,000 in the bank, compared to Buchanan's $1.4 million.[7] Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other House Democrats have supported Fitzgerald with at least $34,000 in campaign contributions.[8]

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee reserved $2.5 million of ad time in the Tampa Bay media market, some or all of which may be used to help Fitzgerald.[9] Meanwhile, Buchanan's campaign reserved $4 million in the same market.[10] As of early September 2012, there has been no public announcement of an ad buy from Fitzgerald's campaign.

Fitzgerald won 46.4% of the vote, but failed to defeat Rep. Buchanan.


  1. ^ Keith Fitzgerald for State House - District 69
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  4. ^ Chamlee, Virginia (October 6, 2011). "Keith Fitzgerald officially announces he's challenging Vern Buchanan". The Florida Independent. Retrieved October 6, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Vern Buchanan poll: Buchanan 54%, Keith Fitzgerald 32%". Tampa Bay Times. 18 July 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  6. ^ Schorsch, Peter (5 September 2012). "New independent poll shows Vern Buchanan up twenty points over Keith Fitzgerald". Saint PetersBlog. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  7. ^ Wallace, Jeremy (3 August 2012). "For third straight period, challenger Fitzgerald again outraises incumbent Buchanan". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  8. ^ Wallace, Jeremy (22 July 2012). "John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi give money to area congressional race". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  9. ^ Masferrer, Marc (18 April 2012). "Report: DCCC reserves $2.5 million in TV ads for Tampa, maybe to help Keith Fitzgerald (UPDATED)". Bradenton Herald Online. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  10. ^ Masferrrer, Marc (1 June 2012). "Rep. Vern Buchanan plans to spend $4 million on TV campaign ads". Bradenton Herald. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 

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