Ron Klein

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Ron Klein
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 22nd district
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2011
Preceded byClay Shaw
Succeeded byAllen West
Minority Leader of the Florida Senate
In office
Preceded byTom Rossin
Succeeded byLes Miller
Member of the Florida Senate
In office
November 5, 1996 – November 7, 2006
Preceded byRobert Wexler
Succeeded byTed Deutch
Constituency28th district (1996-2002)
30th district (2002-2007)
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 89th district
In office
November 3, 1992 – November 5, 1996
Preceded byBenjamin Graber
Succeeded byBarry Silver
Personal details
Ronald Jason Klein

(1957-07-10) July 10, 1957 (age 66)
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseDori Dragin
ResidenceBoca Raton, Florida
EducationOhio State University (BA)
Case Western Reserve University (JD)

Ronald Jason Klein (/ˈkln/ KLYNE; 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 and chairs the Jewish Democratic Council of America.[1] He previously served in the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate. He is currently employed by the law firm Holland & Knight.[2]

Early life, education and career[edit]

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 J.D. degree in 1982.

Florida Legislature[edit]

In 1992, Klein defeated ten-year incumbent Steve Press in the Democratic primary to win a seat in the Florida House of Representatives.[3] Klein was elected to the Florida Senate in 1996, and served as minority whip in 1998 and as minority leader in 2002–2004.[4]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Committee assignments[edit]

On September 29, 2008, Klein voted for the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008[5] During the 111th Congress, he voted for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, and both healthcare bills, Affordable Health Care for America Act which was the House bill and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act which was the Senate bill. He also voted for the reconciliation bill and Dodd-Frank.

Political campaigns[edit]


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.

On December 18, 2007, the magazine Politico named Ron Klein as its "Rookie of the Year", citing his willingness to cross party lines and his ability to get major legislation passed.[6]


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.[7] The nonpartisan National Journal rated him as 58.3 percent liberal and 41.7 conservative based on his voting record.[8]


Klein lost his reelection bid to Republican nominee Allen West in a rematch of the 2008 race.

Post-congressional career[edit]

After leaving Congress, Klein was hired by law firm Holland & Knight.[2]

"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.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Ron married Dori Dragin in 1982 and they moved to Boca Raton, Florida, in 1985. They have two children.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About the Founding Board Members". Jewish Democratic Council of America. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Former U.S. Rep Ron Klein joins law firm as government expert". Archived from the original on 2011-03-15. Retrieved 2011-03-29.
  3. ^ Florida Department of State - Election Reporting System
  4. ^ Ted Deutch's FL Senate member page.
  5. ^ "Bailout Roll Call" (PDF). 2008-09-29. Retrieved September 29, 2008.
  6. ^ Parnes, Amie (2007-12-18). "Hard work helps freshman get ahead". Politico. Retrieved 19 December 2009.
  7. ^ "The U.S. Congress Votes Database". The Washington Post. Retrieved 17 December 2011.
  8. ^ "National Journal Almanac". National Journal. Archived from the original on 7 September 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2011.
  9. ^ Frates, Chris (2011-03-17) A second stimulus for K Street?, Politico

External links[edit]

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Benjamin Graber
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 89th district

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from the 28th district

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from the 30th district

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from Florida's 22nd congressional district

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