Skip Navigation

Close and don't show again.

Your browser is out of date.

You may not get the full experience here on National Journal.

Please upgrade your browser to any of the following supported browsers:

Dennis Ross Dennis Ross

NEXT :
This ad will end in seconds
 
Close X

Want access to this content? Learn More »

Forget Your Password?

Don't have an account? Register »

Reveal Navigation
 

 

Almanac

Search

Enter your search query or use our Advanced People Search. Need Help? View our search tips

View Saved Lists
View Saved Lists
Republican

Rep. Dennis Ross (R)

Dennis Ross Contact
Back to top
Email: n/a
DC Contact Information

Phone: 202-225-1252

Address: 229 CHOB, DC 20515

State Office Contact Information

Phone: (863) 644-8215

Address: 170 Fitzgerald Road, Lakeland FL 33813-2607

Dennis Ross Staff
Back to top
Sort by INTEREST NAME TITLE
Cummings, Tim
Legislative Analyst
Shockey, Joni
Legal Correspondent
Glenn, Kyle
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Cummings, Tim
Legislative Analyst
Cummings, Tim
Legislative Analyst
Shockey, Joni
Legal Correspondent
Cummings, Tim
Legislative Analyst
Shockey, Joni
Legal Correspondent
Cummings, Tim
Legislative Analyst
Cummings, Tim
Legislative Analyst
Cummings, Tim
Legislative Analyst
Cummings, Tim
Legislative Analyst
Cummings, Tim
Legislative Analyst
Shockey, Joni
Legal Correspondent
Cummings, Tim
Legislative Analyst
Shockey, Joni
Legal Correspondent
Cummings, Tim
Legislative Analyst
Glenn, Kyle
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Shockey, Joni
Legal Correspondent
Shockey, Joni
Legal Correspondent
Cummings, Tim
Legislative Analyst
Glenn, Kyle
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Cummings, Tim
Legislative Analyst
Glenn, Kyle
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Cummings, Tim
Legislative Analyst
Cummings, Tim
Legislative Analyst
Cummings, Tim
Legislative Analyst
Shockey, Joni
Legal Correspondent
Cummings, Tim
Legislative Analyst
Cummings, Tim
Legislative Analyst
Cummings, Tim
Legislative Analyst
Cummings, Tim
Legislative Analyst
Cummings, Tim
Legislative Analyst
Shockey, Joni
Legal Correspondent
Shockey, Joni
Legal Correspondent
Cummings, Tim
Legislative Analyst
Shockey, Joni
Legal Correspondent
Cummings, Tim
Legislative Analyst
Shockey, Joni
Legal Correspondent
Cummings, Tim
Legislative Analyst
Shockey, Joni
Legal Correspondent
Cummings, Tim
Legislative Analyst
Cummings, Tim
Legislative Analyst
Cummings, Tim
Legislative Analyst
Shockey, Joni
Legal Correspondent
Cummings, Tim
Legislative Analyst
Cummings, Tim
Legislative Analyst
Cummings, Tim
Legislative Analyst
Cummings, Tim
Legislative Analyst
Cummings, Tim
Legislative Analyst
Cummings, Tim
Legislative Analyst
Shockey, Joni
Legal Correspondent
Cummings, Tim
Legislative Analyst
Foti, Anthony
Chief of Staff
Gately, Stephen
District Director
Glenn, Kyle
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Hardy, Sarah
Constituent Services; Casework Representative
Meeker, Shelee
Director of Administration and District Scheduling
Rodriguez, Monica
Communications Director
Sebright, Taunia
Constituent Services; Casework Representative
Shockey, Joni
Legal Correspondent
Stickler, Dianne
Constituent Services; Casework Representative
Cummings, Tim
Legislative Analyst
Foti, Anthony
Chief of Staff
Rodriguez, Monica
Communications Director
Hardy, Sarah
Constituent Services; Casework Representative
Sebright, Taunia
Constituent Services; Casework Representative
Stickler, Dianne
Constituent Services; Casework Representative
Glenn, Kyle
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Gately, Stephen
District Director
Meeker, Shelee
Director of Administration and District Scheduling
Glenn, Kyle
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Hardy, Sarah
Constituent Services; Casework Representative
Sebright, Taunia
Constituent Services; Casework Representative
Stickler, Dianne
Constituent Services; Casework Representative
Note: You can only itemize lists in the Interests and Title sections
Save List
X

Your saved lists will appear under My Saved Lists on The Almanac's landing page.

Dennis Ross Committees
Back to top
Dennis Ross Biography
Back to top
  • Elected: 2010, 2nd term.
  • District: Florida 15
  • Born: Oct. 18, 1959, Lakeland
  • Home: Lakeland
  • Education:

    Auburn U., B.S. 1981; Samford U., J.D. 1987.

  • Professional Career:

    Practicing atty., 1987-89; cnsl., Walt Disney World, 1989; founder, partner, Ross Vecchio P.A.

  • Political Career:

    FL House, 2001-08.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Presbyterian

  • Family: Married (Cindy); 2 children

Republican Dennis Ross shares the staunchly conservative views of his GOP colleagues in the Class of 2010, but shuns incendiary rhetoric and is a bit of a loner, rarely attending group events. And he says there are other differences. “I think the image of a conservative is stodgy and holier-than-thou and without a sense of humor,” he told National Journal before inviting a reporter to go boar hunting with him. “I really like to enjoy life.” Read More

Republican Dennis Ross shares the staunchly conservative views of his GOP colleagues in the Class of 2010, but shuns incendiary rhetoric and is a bit of a loner, rarely attending group events. And he says there are other differences. “I think the image of a conservative is stodgy and holier-than-thou and without a sense of humor,” he told National Journal before inviting a reporter to go boar hunting with him. “I really like to enjoy life.”

Ross grew up in Lakeland, Fla., the youngest of five children. He remembers his mother, Loyola Ross, as a strict parent who preached the virtues of hard work. “She made us self-sufficient and believed in us working to earn our own spending money,” Ross told the Lakeland Ledger after his mother died in 2006. “In the eighth grade, she had me mowing lawns and she was my accountant.” He was active in student government in high school and attended the University of Florida for a year before transferring to Auburn University and graduating in 1981 with a degree in organizational management. He spent a year working as a legislative aide to then-state Rep. Dennis Jones, for a short time had a job installing and selling computers, and then enrolled in law school at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. He returned to Lakeland and became an in-house counsel for Walt Disney World, handling workers’ compensation claims for the company. But he wanted to start his own law practice, so he borrowed $10,000 from a neighbor and opened a firm that eventually grew to seven lawyers and 27 employees. Ross spent three years as chairman of Polk County’s Republican Executive Committee. In 2000, he won a seat in the Florida House, where he developed a reputation as a faithful, but not automatic, GOP vote.

When GOP Rep. Adam Putnam announced plans in 2008 to run for state commissioner of agriculture, Ross jumped into the race for his seat. In the August primary, he trounced fellow Republican John Lindsey, a businessman and political neophyte, winning 69% of the vote. In the general election, he faced Democrat Lori Edwards, the Polk County supervisor of elections, and tea party nominee Randy Wilkinson, a former Polk County commissioner. Edwards campaigned as a moderate, saying she would fit in with the Blue Dog Coalition of fiscally conservative Democrats. But Ross ran ads tying Edwards to President Barack Obama and liberal House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, while playing up his embrace of Putnam’s conservatism, as well as touting his support from former Gov. Jeb Bush and former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, R-Texas. Ross also had a big financial advantage, raising over $1 million compared to Edwards’ $657,000. Ross won convincingly, 48% to 41%, with 11% of the vote going to Wilkinson. He was unopposed in 2012.

In his first year in the House, Ross was among those tied for most-conservative member, according to National Journal’s annual rankings. He was unapologetic about his wholehearted opposition to Obama’s legislative agenda and his unwillingness to give Republican House Speaker John Boehner much leeway to negotiate a deal to raise the nation’s debt ceiling in 2011. “I don’t view this as clashing,” he said. “It’s more about slowing down the ship and working to put it in another direction.” He joined the Tea Party Caucus and countered accusations from members of the Congressional Black Caucus that the movement is racist, telling them to “get a grip.”

As a member of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Ross chaired the subcommittee overseeing federal workforce issues and proved himself a faithful ally of Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif. Ross was highly vocal about reports showing federal employees using increasing amounts of official time to participate in union activities. He, Issa, and Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, unveiled a proposal in June 2011 that would replace every three employees who departed from federal agencies with just one new hire, in the hopes of a 10% federal workforce reduction by 2015. That same month, he was among the conservatives backing a failed resolution from antiwar Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, that would have urged Obama to remove U.S. forces from Libya within 15 days. In December 2012, Ross was given a seat on the Financial Services Committee.

Show Less
Dennis Ross Election Results
Back to top
2012 General
Dennis Ross (R)
Unopposed
2012 Primary
Dennis Ross (R)
Unopposed
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (48%)
Dennis Ross Votes and Bills
Back to top NJ Vote Ratings

National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

More Liberal
More Conservative
2013 2012 2011
Economic 7 (L) : 92 (C) - (L) : 99 (C) - (L) : 90 (C)
Social - (L) : 87 (C) - (L) : 91 (C) - (L) : 83 (C)
Foreign 24 (L) : 68 (C) 16 (L) : 81 (C) - (L) : 91 (C)
Composite 14.0 (L) : 86.0 (C) 7.5 (L) : 92.5 (C) 6.0 (L) : 94.0 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC100100
LCV69
CFG9691
ITIC-75
NTU8384
20112012
COC94-
ACLU-0
ACU10096
ADA05
AFSCME0-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
Read More
 
Browse The Almanac
Congressional Leadership
and Committees

House Committees
Senate Committees
Joint Committees
Leadership Roster
About Almanac
almanac cover
The Almanac is a members-only database of searchable profiles compiled and adapted from the Almanac of American Politics. Comprehensive online profiles include biographical and political summaries of elected officials, campaign expenditures, voting records, interest-group ratings, and congressional staff look-ups. In-depth overviews of each state and house district are included as well, along with demographic data, analysis of voting trends, and political histories.
Members: Buy the book at 25% off retail.
Order Now
Need Help?

Contact Us:

202.266.7900 | membership@nationaljournal.com