Richard Corcoran

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Richard Corcoran
Richard Corcoran swears in.jpg
100th Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives
Assumed office
November 22, 2016
Preceded by Steve Crisafulli
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 37th district
Assumed office
November 20, 2012
Preceded by Scott Plakon
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 45th district
In office
November 16, 2010 – November 20, 2012
Preceded by Tom Anderson
Succeeded by Randolph Bracy
Personal details
Born (1965-03-16) March 16, 1965 (age 52)
Political party Republican
Alma mater St. Leo College (B.A.)
Regent University (J.D.)
Profession Attorney

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 is one of five siblings, including a twin sister. As a child, he played tennis, golf, and basketball.

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. He is married to his wife, Anne, and they have six children.They reside in Land O’ Lakes, Florida. His wife Anne Corcoran started the Classical Preparatory Academy in 2011. She remains an owner and Board member of the Charter School.

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 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]

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". Forida 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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