Steve Crisafulli

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Steve Crisafulli
Steve Crisafulli House portrait.jpg
99th Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives
In office
November 18, 2014 – November 22, 2016
Preceded byWill Weatherford
Succeeded byRichard Corcoran
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 51st district
In office
November 20, 2012 – November 22, 2016
Preceded byLarry Ahern
Succeeded byTom Goodson
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 32nd district
In office
November 18, 2008 – November 20, 2012
Preceded byTony Sasso
Succeeded byLarry Metz
Personal details
Born (1971-07-26) July 26, 1971 (age 47)
Rockledge, Florida, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Kristen Brown
Alma materEastern Florida State College
University of Central Florida

Steve Crisafulli (born July 26, 1971) is an American politician. He was the Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 51st District, which is located in northern Brevard County, including Cape Canaveral, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, and Rockledge, since 2012. Crisafulli previously represented the 32nd District from 2008 to 2012.


Crisafulli was born in Rockledge in 1971, and was born into a political family, as his cousin, Doyle E. Carlton, served as Governor of Florida from 1929 to 1933, and his grandfather, Vassar B. Carlton, served as a Justice of the Florida Supreme Court from 1969 to 1974. He attended Brevard Community College, from which he received his associate degree, and the University of Central Florida, where he received his bachelor's degree. Following graduation, Crisafulli started working in agribusiness, serving as the Director of the Brevard County Farm Bureau from 1996 to 2004, and again from 2006 to the present. He also served as the President of the Farm Bureau from 2003 to 2005. In 1998, he was elected to the Brevard County Soil and Water Conservation District, where he served until 2002.

Florida House of Representatives[edit]

When State Representative Bob Allen resigned from the legislature in 2007 due to charges that he offered twenty dollars for the opportunity to perform fellatio on an undercover police officer,[1] a special election was held to replace him, and Tony Sasso, a Democrat was elected to replace him in the 32nd District, which included parts of northern Brevard County and southeastern Orange County. In 2008, Crisafulli ran against Sasso in the regularly-scheduled election. During the course of the campaign, Crisafulli earned the endorsement of the Orlando Sentinel over Sasso, which criticized the incumbent for being "reluctant to make a commitment" on SunRail, while Crisafulli was a "staunch advocate" of it.[2] In the end, Crisafulli ended up narrowly defeating Sasso, winning 52% of the vote to the incumbent's 48%. Crisafulli was re-elected without opposition in 2010.

When state legislative districts were redrawn in 2012, Crisafulli was moved into the 51st District, which dropped his previous district's reach into Orange County in exchange for more portions of northern Brevard County. He faced no opposition in the primary or general elections, and was re-elected to his third term without opposition.

Following the 2012 elections, fellow State Representative Chris Dorworth, the designee for Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives for the 2014-2016 legislative session, was defeated for re-election, and Republicans in the legislature voted for Crisafulli as Dorworth's replacement.[3] When Crisafulli won re-election, he became Speaker for the 2014-2016 legislative session.


  1. ^ Seller, Laurin (November 10, 2007). "Florida state Rep. Bob Allen guilty in bathroom-sex case". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved May 6, 2014.
  2. ^ "We think: Hukill, Crisafulli and Patterson are the best picks". Orlando Sentinel. September 30, 2008. Retrieved May 6, 2014.
  3. ^ Deslatte, Aaron (November 23, 2012). "Crisafulli called a 'servant-leader' in replacing Dorworth". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved May 6, 2014.

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