|Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 29th district
November 20, 2012
|Preceded by||Tom Goodson|
December 18, 1963 |
|Alma mater||Seminole Community College (A.A.)
University of Central Florida (B.A.)
Florida A&M University College of Law (J.D.)
Michael Philip "Mike" Clelland (born December 18, 1963, in Washington, D.C.), is a Democratic member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 29th District, which consists of western Seminole County since 2012.
Clelland moved to Florida in 1974 and began working for the Longwood Fire Department, later attending Seminole Community College, where he graduated with an Associate degree in fire science technology in 1994. He then attended the University of Central Florida, graduating with a degree in political science, and then the Florida A&M University College of Law, graduating with a Juris Doctor.
Florida House of Representatives
In 2012, when the Florida House of Representatives districts were redrawn, Clelland ran in the 29th District, which incumbent State Representative Chris Dorworth, a Republican, was also running in. The Orlando Sentinel endorsed Clelland, praising him as "smart" and calling his legislative priorities "especially welcome." Though Dorworth was widely expected to cruise to re-election, Clelland appeared to defeat him on election night by 123 votes, prompting a manual recount, which increased Clelland's lead to 146 votes. Not long afterwards, Dorworth conceded and Clelland was sworn in.
- "In House Districts 29, 30". Orlando Sentinel. October 11, 2012. Retrieved May 4, 2014.
- Turner, Jim (November 12, 2012). "Chris Dorworth Concedes Upon Completion of Recount". Sunshine State News. Retrieved May 4, 2014.