Richard Corcoran

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Richard Corcoran
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100th Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives
Assumed office
November 22, 2016
Preceded by Steve Crisafulli
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
Assumed office
November 2, 2010
Preceded by Tom Anderson
Constituency 45th district (2010–2012)
37th district (2012–present)
Personal details
Born (1965-03-16) March 16, 1965 (age 53)
Toronto, Canada
Political party Republican
Education Saint Leo University (BA)
Regent University (JD)

Richard Corcoran (born March 16, 1965) is the Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 37th District, which includes central Pasco County, since 2012, previously representing the 45th District from 2010 to 2012. He is a member of the Republican Party.

Background[edit]

Richard Corcoran grew up in Pasco County, Florida, having moved there when he was 11. His parents were both veterans of World War II. His father was an American soldier in the U.S. Army and his mother, a daughter of a British tea-planter, served in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force of the Royal Air Force during the London Blitz.

Corcoran attended St. Leo College, where he graduated in 1989, and Regent University, where he received his Juris Doctor in 1996.[1] He served six years in the United States Naval Reserve.

His wife is Anette, and they have six children. They reside in Land O’ Lakes, Florida.

Florida House of Representatives[edit]

When incumbent State Representative Tom Anderson was unable to seek re-election due to term limits in 2010, Corcoran ran to succeed him in the 45th District, which included parts of southern Pasco County and northern Pinellas County.

When the state legislative districts were redrawn in 2012, Corcoran was drawn into the 37th District, which included some of the areas in Pasco County that he represented in the 45th District. Corcoran faced a challenge from Strother Hammond in the Republican primary.[1] He was endorsed for re-election by The Tampa Tribune.[2] Corcoran defeated Hammond, gathering nearly 84% of the vote. Corcoran was subsequently re-elected without opposition in both 2014 and 2016.[1] Following his 2016 election, Corcoran became Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives for the 2016-2018 legislative session.[3][4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Richard Corcoran (Florida) - Ballotpedia". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 18 May 2017. 
  2. ^ "Fasano and Corcoran in Pasco races". Tampa Bay Times. July 23, 2012. Retrieved 30 January 2017. 
  3. ^ Moline, Michael (November 22, 2016). "Richard Corcoran installed as House speaker promising 'struggle' to do right". Florida Politics. Retrieved 30 January 2017. 
  4. ^ Bousquet, Steve (February 25, 2016). "Corcoran calls Gov. Scott's $250M jobs fund 'corporate welfare'". Miami Herald. Retrieved 30 January 2017. 

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