Tom Goodson

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Tom Goodson
State Representative Tom Goodson.jpg
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 50th district
Assumed office
November 20, 2012
Preceded by Ed Hooper
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 29th district
In office
November 16, 2010 – November 20, 2012
Preceded by Ralph Poppell
Succeeded by Mike Clelland
Personal details
Born (1951-02-16) February 16, 1951 (age 65)
Marianna, Florida
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Evelyn Watson
Children Travis, Lindsey
Alma mater Brevard Community College (A.A.)
Florida State University (B.S.)
Profession Contractor
Religion Baptist

Tom Goodson (born February 16, 1951) is a Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 50th District, which includes northwestern Brevard County and eastern Orange County, since 2012.


Goodson attended Brevard Community College, graduating with his Associate degree in 1973, and later attended Florida State University, graduating with a Bachelor's degree in 1975. In 1988, he founded Goodson Paving, which continues to operate. Goodson was elected to the Canaveral Port Authority in 2002, defeating Don Molitor with 51% of the vote.[1] He was re-elected unopposed in 2006.

Florida House of Representatives[edit]

In 2010, when incumbent State Representative Ralph Poppell could not seek re-election due to term limits, Goodson ran to succeed him in the 29th District, which included Brevard County and Indian River County. In the Republican primary, he narrowly defeated Erin Grall, J. Roger Shealy, and Bob Dale, winning 31% of the vote and defeating Grall, the second-place finisher, by only 280 votes. He was unopposed in the general election.

When Florida House districts were reconfigured in 2012, Goodson opted to run in the newly created 50th District, which included the territory that he had previously represented in the 29th District, but dropped the Indian River County sections in favor of Orange County sections. He was opposed by Sean Ashby, the Democratic nominee and a high school teacher. Goodson campaigned on working for "fewer regulations and easier permitting to help businesses."[2] The Orlando Sentinel endorsed Ashby over Goodson, noting that Ashby "strikes a much better balance than Goodson between making Florida more business friendly and other priorities, including adequately funding education, protecting the environment, and safeguarding workers' rights."[3] In the end, he won 53% of the vote and narrowly defeated Ashby by 4,000 votes to win a second term. Goodson was opposed in the Republican primary in 2014 by George Collins, and because no other candidates filed, the election was decided in an open primary, which Goodson won handily, winning his third term in the legislature.


  1. ^ "Primary Election, September 10, 2002". Brevard County Supervisor of Elections. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
  2. ^ Waymer, Jim (October 16, 2012). "District 50 candidates differ on path for Fla. House". Florida Today. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
  3. ^ "For House Districts 49, 50, 43". Orlando Sentinel. October 9, 2012. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 

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