Ross Spano

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Ross Spano
Ross Spano.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 15th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded byDennis Ross
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 59th district
In office
November 6, 2012 – November 6, 2018
Preceded byRedistricted
Succeeded byAdam Hattersley
Personal details
Born
Vincent Ross Spano

(1966-07-16) July 16, 1966 (age 52)
Tampa, Florida, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Amie Spano
Children4
EducationUniversity of South Florida, Tampa (BA)
Florida State University (JD)
WebsiteHouse website

Vincent Ross Spano (born July 16, 1966) is a Republican politician currently serving as the U.S. Representative from Florida's 15th congressional district. He was first elected Congressman in the 2018 elections.

History[edit]

Ross Spano was born in Tampa, and graduated from Brandon High School. He later attended the University of South Florida, where he graduated with a degree in history in 1994, and the Florida State University College of Law, receiving a law degree in 1998.

Florida House of Representatives[edit]

In 2012, following the reconfiguration of the Florida House of Representatives districts, Spano ran in the newly created 59th District, and faced Joe Wicker, Betty Jo Tompkins, and Mike Floyd in the Republican primary. He emerged victorious with 40% of the vote, with Wicker close behind having 38% of the vote. Spano ran in the general election against the Democratic nominee, Gail Gottlieb. Spano refused to meet with the Tampa Bay Times editorial board, which endorsed Gottlieb.[1] The Tampa Tribune also endorsed Gottlieb.[2] Spano defeated Gottlieb with 51% of the vote, coming out ahead by 1,051 votes.[3]

In the Florida House of Representatives, Spano serves on the Choice and Innovation Subcommittee, Civil Justice Subcommittee, Health Quality Subcommittee, Higher Education & Workforce Subcommittee, and Judiciary Committee.

While serving in the legislature, Spano authored human trafficking legislation, sponsoring a bill to allow judges "to vacate certain criminal convictions if the offender can prove that they committed them under duress," as would happen in a situation in which someone had been illegally trafficked.[4]

In 2017, Ross Spano sponsored a resolution declaring that the viewing of pornography was causing a "public health crisis.”[5] News media pointed out in response that Ross Spano's twitter account had liked a pornographic video depicting two women engaged in oral sex. Spano defended himself stating that "it will be easy to see that this is not my doing."[6][7][8][9][10][11]

US House of Representatives[edit]

Ross Spano was elected to the House of Representatives representing Florida's 15th congressional district in 2018.

During Spano's election to the House of Representatives in 2018, he loaned his campaign more than $100,000 from what he reported as personal funds - a move that drew media attention as financial disclosures forms filed by Ross Spano indicated that he did not have the necessary funds to loan himself the reported amount. Later reporting revealed that he had in fact been lent the money by personal friends.[12][13]

In December 2018, Ross Spano admitted in a news release that his campaign financing "may have been in violation of the Federal Campaign Finance Act".[14] In response, Neil Combee—a Republican who Spano defeated in the congressional primary where he also utilized the same financing—described Spano as a "criminal".[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "For a better Florida House". Tampa Bay Times. October 18, 2012. Retrieved May 7, 2014.
  2. ^ "Gottlieb, Cruz and Harrison for state House". Tampa Tribune. October 6, 2012. Retrieved May 7, 2014.
  3. ^ "Ross Spano "excited" to have Dem contender for District 59 race". St. Pete Times]]. June 26, 2013. Retrieved July 3, 2014.
  4. ^ Johnston, Caitlin (April 18, 2014). "Human trafficking issue rises to the forefront". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved May 7, 2014.
  5. ^ http://floridapolitics.com/archives/245140-ross-spano-files-bill-declaring-pornography-florida-public-health-crisis
  6. ^ https://www.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives/2017/09/20/twitter-account-of-florida-lawmaker-whos-trying-to-declare-porn-a-public-health-crisis-liked-a-porn-clip
  7. ^ https://www.newsweek.com/florida-republican-ross-spano-pornography-668683
  8. ^ https://www.indy100.com/article/ross-spano-florida-republican-porn-watch-twitter-like-7959291
  9. ^ http://sunshinestatenews.com/story/porno-ross-spano-and-hypocrisy
  10. ^ https://www.thedailybeast.com/anti-porn-gop-lawmaker-likes-twitter-porn-video-on-twitter
  11. ^ https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/porn-fighting-republican-twitter-lesbian-sex-clip-article-1.3511671
  12. ^ https://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2018/11/05/so-where-exactly-did-ross-spano-get-more-than-100000-in-his-bid-for-congress/
  13. ^ https://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2018/11/02/missing-ross-spanos-financial-disclosure-required-to-run-for-congress/
  14. ^ https://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2018/12/01/ross-spano-acknowledges-possible-violation-of-campaign-finance-law/
  15. ^ New Florida GOP lawmaker draws scrutiny over illegal election fundraising, Atlanta Journal Constitution

External links[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Dennis Ross
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 15th congressional district

2019–present
Incumbent
U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Abigail Spanberger
United States Representatives by seniority
417th
Succeeded by
Greg Stanton