|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 22nd district
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2011
|Preceded by||E. Clay Shaw, Jr.|
|Succeeded by||Allen West|
|Member of the Florida Senate|
|Member of the Florida House of Representatives|
July 10, 1957 |
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
|Residence||Boca Raton, Florida|
|Alma mater||Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University|
Ronald "Ron" Klein (born July 10, 1957) is an American politician and lawyer who is a former member of the United States House of Representatives for Florida's 22nd congressional district. He is a member of the Democratic Party. He previously served in the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate. He is currently employed by the law firm Holland & Knight.
Early life, education and career
Klein was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from Cleveland Heights High School in 1975, and attended Ohio State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 1979. While at Ohio State, Klein became a member of the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity. Klein also spent time during college as an intern at the Ohio General Assembly. Klein attended Case Western Reserve University School of Law and graduated with a law degree in 1982.
In 1992, Klein defeated ten-year incumbent Steve Press in the Democratic primary to win a seat in the Florida House of Representatives. Klein was elected to the Florida Senate in 1996, and served as minority whip in 1998 and as minority leader in 2002–2004.
U.S. House of Representatives
- Committee on Financial Services
- Committee on Foreign Affairs
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Klein ran for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in Florida's 22nd congressional district against 13-term Republican incumbent Clay Shaw. Although Shaw won re-election easily in the 2004 election (his opponent dropped out before the election), John Kerry carried the district by a margin on 50-48 percent over George W. Bush in 2004.
On Election Day 2006, Klein defeated Shaw by a margin of 51%-48% and assumed office when the 110th Congress convened on January 4, 2007. Klein was aided by voter discontent over the war in Iraq and the scandal involving Republican Congressman Mark Foley in the neighboring district.
In 2008, Klein won his race against Republican nominee Allen West with 54.7% of the vote.
Klein voted with a majority of his Democratic colleagues 97.9% of the time during the 111th Congress. The nonpartisan National Journal rated him as 58.3 percent liberal and 41.7 conservative based on his voting record.
Klein lost his reelection bid to Republican Allen West.
"Certainly having been a participant or part of one of the busiest congresses in decades, where large pieces of legislation have passed and will be evolving for many, many years to come, this moment becomes a unique time to take [to the private sector] the experiences of having served on the Financial Services Committee or having been involved in passing health care,” he said. “It sort of allows me to be in a unique place to understand that.” . . .
The wave of new rule-making “appears to create a lot of work and opportunity for businesses that want to make sure that they have a strategic business advantage in the future, that they’re planning for the future and that they can help shape those laws and legislation as they develop."
According to Politico, "Klein’s background as a corporate lawyer and former state and federal lawmaker means he’ll be selling his ability to provide legal, political, policy and business advice to prospective clients."
Ron married Dori Dragin in 1982 and they moved to Boca Raton, Florida in 1985. They have two children.
- Florida Department of State - Election Reporting System
- Ted Deutch's FL Senate member page.
- "Bailout Roll Call" (PDF). 2008-09-29. Retrieved September 29, 2008.
- Parnes, Amie (2007-12-18). "Hard work helps freshman get ahead". Politico. Retrieved 19 December 2009.
- "The U.S. Congress Votes Database". The Washington Post. Retrieved 17 December 2011.
- "National Journal Almanac". National Journal. Retrieved 17 December 2011.
- Frates, Chris (2011-03-17) A second stimulus for K Street?, Politico
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 22nd congressional district