Thad Altman

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Thad Altman
Thad Altman circa 2012.jpg
Member of the Florida Senate
from the 16th district
Assumed office
Preceded by Jack Latvala
Member of the Florida Senate
from the 24th district
In office
Preceded by Bill Posey
Succeeded by Tom Lee
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 30th district
In office
Preceded by Mike Haridopolos
Succeeded by Ritch Workman
Personal details
Born (1955-09-08) September 8, 1955 (age 59)
Macon, Georgia
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mary Pat Altman
Children Hunter, McKenzie, Sullivan
Alma mater Brevard Community College (A.A.) Rollins College (B.S.)
Religion Christianity

Thad Altman (born September 8, 1955 in Macon, Georgia) is a Republican member of the Florida Senate, representing the 16th district, which includes parts of Brevard and Indian River Counties since 2012.

Early life[edit]

Altman moved to Florida in 1957, and later attended Palm Beach Community College, Brevard Community College, the University of Houston, the Florida Institute of Technology, and Rollins College, and he graduated from Brevard Community College and Rollins College.


Senator Altman speaking at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park on August 20, 2011

From 1984-1992, Altman served on the Brevard County Commission. When incumbent State Representative Mike Haridopolos was elected to the Florida Senate in a special election in 2003, Altman ran to succeed him, and defeated Libertarian candidate Bruce Wechsler. In 2004, he was re-elected against Shirley Bradshaw, the Democratic nominee, and was re-elected in 2006 without opposition.

When incumbent State Senator Bill Posey ran for Congress in 2008, Altman won his party's nomination to succeed Posey in the 24th District, which included parts of Brevard, Orange and Seminole counties. He faced Kendall Moore, a former Rockledge City Councilman, an unsuccessful candidate for the Brevard County Commission, and the Democratic nominee. In the general election, Altman defeated Moore in a landslide, winning 59% of the vote. He ran for re-election in 2010, and defeated Robert Carmichael in the Republican, and in the general election, he defeated independent candidate Steven Edmonds with 67% of the vote.

When Florida Senate districts were reconfigured, Altman was drawn into the 16th District, and he won his party's nomination unopposed. In the general election, he faced off against Dominic Fallo, the Democratic nominee. He was endorsed by the editorial board of the Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers, which praised Altman's decision to "[oppose] Governor Rick Scott's decision to reject $2.4 billion from the Obama administration for the proposed high-speed rail between Tampa and Orlando."[1]

Recent Conservative Ratings

  • 2012 NRA Rating - 100% [2]
  • 2012 The American Conservative Union (ACU) - "B" [3]
  • 2012 Florida Chamber of Commerce Report Card - 97% [4][5]
  • 2013 Florida Chamber of Commerce Report Card - 100% [6]
  • 2012 Associated Industries of Florida Voting Record - 91% [7]
  • 2013 Associated Industries of Florida Voting Record - 98% [8]
  • 2013 Americans for Prosperity of Florida (AFP-FL) Economic Freedom Scorecard - "B" [9]
  • 2012 Florida Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Legislative Scorecard - 100% [10]
  • 2013 Florida Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Legislative Scorecard - 100% [11]

2012-2014 Committee Assignments[12]

  • Military and Veterans Affairs, Space, and Domestic Security, Chair
  • Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice
  • Appropriations Subcommittee on Finance and Tax
  • Children, Families, and Elder Affairs
  • Criminal Justice
  • Environmental Preservation and Conservation
  • Joint Committee on Public Counsel Oversight
  • Select Committee on Indian River Lagoon and Lake Okeechobee Basin

Other Public Service[13]

  • National Space Club, Florida Committee Board Member, 2012-2013
  • Brevard County Legislative Delegation, Chairman, 2007
  • Brevard County Commission, 1984-1992
  • Brevard County Commission, Chair, 1985, 1986, 1992
  • East Central Florida Regional Planning Council, 1985-1992
  • East Central Florida Regional Planning Council, Chair, 1986
  • Brevard County Metropolitan Planning Council, 1984-1992
  • Brevard County Metropolitan Planning Council, Chair, 1986
  • Governors' Health Care Advisory Committee
  • Governors' Task Force on Substance Abuse
  • Space Florida

Honors and Awards[14]

  • Rollins College, Distinguished Graduate of the Year Award
  • Brevard Community College, Distinguished Alumnus Award
  • Florida Association of Counties, County Champion Award
  • Florida Jaycees, Outstanding Young Floridian of the Year, 1987
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Local Government Elected Official of the Year Award
  • City of Palm Bay, Freshman Legislator of the Year Award


  • American Lung Association, Brevard and Volusia Counties, President, 2003
  • Rollins College, Community Advisory Board, 2003
  • St. Mary's Catholic School, Finance Committee, 2003
  • American Red Cross, President of the Brevard County Chapter, 1989

2013 Filed Bills[16]

Sponsored Bills
Legislative Session Bill Number Bill Title
2013 S 0026 Relief of the Estate of Dr. Sherrill Lynn Aversa by the Department of Transportation
2013 S 0066 Child Safety Devices in Motor Vehicles
2013 S 0142 Intellectual Disabilities
2013 S 0144 Payment for Services Provided by Licensed Psychologists
2013 S 0146 Human Papillomavirus Vaccination
2013 S 0148 Sentencing In Capital Felonies
2013 S 0150 Deaf and Hard-of-hearing Students
2013 S 0152 Motor Vehicle
2013 S 0252 Cigarette Products of Nonsettling Manufacturers
2013 S 0302 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Training in Public Schools
2013 S 0432 Tax Exemptions
2013 S 0434 Brevard Community College
2013 S 0436 Residential Properties
2013 S 0438 Memory Disorder Clinics
2013 S 0466 State Lands
2013 S 0470 Florida Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Association
2013 S 0554 Brownfields
2013 S 1032 Inmate Reentry
2013 S 1090 Motor Vehicles
2013 S 1100 Governor’s Private Secretary
2013 S 1114 Sex Offenses
2013 S 1124 Veteran Preference in State Purchasing
2013 S 1156 Space Exploration
2013 S 1446 Defense of Life, Home, and Property
2013 S 1672 Military Affairs
2013 S 1680 Public Records and Public Meetings/State Child Abuse Death Review Committee or Local Committee
2013 S 1684 Environmental Regulation
2013 S 1686 Pugilistic Exhibitions
2013 S 1688 Telecommunications Access System
2013 S 1712 Stormwater Management System Fees
2013 S 1736 Mental Health

2012 Previously Filed Legislation

2009-2011 Previously Filed Legislation

Florida Senate District 16[edit]

Florida's 16th Senatorial District Map

Professional life[edit]

Altman currently serves as President and CEO of the Astronauts Memorial Foundation.[17] He is also a Florida Certified Building Contractor.[18]

External links[edit]


Political offices
Preceded by
Mike Haridopolos
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 30th district

Succeeded by
Ritch Workman
Preceded by
Bill Posey
Member of the Florida Senate
from the 24th district

Succeeded by
Tom Lee
Preceded by
Jack Latvala
Member of the Florida Senate
from the 16th district

Succeeded by