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Rep. Bill Posey (R)

Bill Posey Contact
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DC Contact Information

Phone: 202-225-3671

Address: 120 CHOB, DC 20515

Websites: posey.house.gov
State Office Contact Information

Phone: (321) 632-1776

Address: 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Melbourne FL 32940-6605

Bill Posey Staff
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Bill Posey Biography
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  • Elected: 2008, 3rd term.
  • District: Florida 8
  • Born: Dec. 18, 1947, Washington, DC
  • Home: Rockledge
  • Education:

    Brevard Comm. Col., A.A. 1969.

  • Professional Career:

    McDonnell Douglas Astronautics Co., 1966-69; Crawford & Co./Gay & Taylor, 1970-74; Founder, Posey & Co. Realtors, 1974-present.

  • Political Career:

    Rockledge City Cncl., 1976-86; FL House, 1992-2000; FL Senate, 2000-08.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Methodist

  • Family: Married (Katie Ingram); 2 children

Bill Posey, a Republican first elected in 2008, almost instantly became controversial for introducing a bill requiring future presidential candidates to provide birth certificates proving they are natural-born U.S. citizens. Yet he also has been lauded for serious work in Congress; Florida Today columnist Matt Reed wrote in 2011 that Posey “does his homework and seems motivated by an almost wonkish devotion to fiscal responsibility.” Read More

Bill Posey, a Republican first elected in 2008, almost instantly became controversial for introducing a bill requiring future presidential candidates to provide birth certificates proving they are natural-born U.S. citizens. Yet he also has been lauded for serious work in Congress; Florida Today columnist Matt Reed wrote in 2011 that Posey “does his homework and seems motivated by an almost wonkish devotion to fiscal responsibility.”

Posey was born in Washington, D.C., but moved several times due to his father’s work in the aircraft business. His family landed in Brevard County in 1956, and after graduating from high school, Posey took a job with McDonnell Douglas Astronautics at the Kennedy Space Center. He worked on the Apollo 11 Launch Team and attended Brevard Community College at night. After Apollo 11 successfully put men on the moon, Posey was laid off. He changed careers and went into real estate. He founded Posey & Co. Realtors in 1974 and is still president of the company. Posey is also an accomplished stock car racer – he said he first got behind the wheel at the tracks at age 14 – although since an accident at an Orlando speedway in 2004 left him with spinal fractures, he has taken a break from racing.

Posey was the first member of his family to register as a Republican, a decision inadvertently inspired by a college professor who lauded the Democratic Party’s championing of inflation and deficit spending. “He literally was trying to convince the class that inflation was good because you could buy the things you wanted now and finance them later with cheaper money,” Posey recalls. He was elected to the Rockledge City Council in 1976 and served until 1986. Four years later, he won a seat in the Florida House of Representatives, where he authored legislation that set new standards for state government accountability. He also wrote a book entitled Activity Based Total Accountability detailing his work on the issue. He served in the state House until 2000, when term limits forced him to resign. He then won a close state Senate race.

After seven-term GOP Rep. Dave Weldon announced his retirement in early 2008, Posey decided to run for the seat. He got Weldon’s endorsement and that of Florida GOP Chairman Jim Greer, who called for the party to unite behind Posey. Veteran state Rep. Stan Mayfield, who had also announced his candidacy, fell in line, withdrew from the race, and endorsed Posey. Florida Democrats were unable to find a strong candidate, and Posey became the clear favorite to win the general election. He won the GOP primary with 77% of the vote and faced Democrat Stephen Blythe, a Melbourne family physician, in the general.

Posey made government accountability and reform of the immigration system the central themes of his campaign. It was an amiable contest. The candidates expressed mutual admiration and said that they would vote for each other if they could not vote for themselves. Posey outspent Blythe by almost 9-to-1 and won 53% to 42%.

Once in Washington, Posey’s birth certificate bill came at the height of the 2009 “birther” flap on the far right over whether President Barack Obama was born overseas, and made Posey the target of considerable venom in the liberal blogosphere. He contended his bill had nothing to do with Obama, but even some of his GOP colleagues publicly expressed their distaste with the proposal. He subsequently joined Republicans in opposing Obama’s major legislative initiatives, but showed a willingness to occasionally break with his party. He voted with Democrats on extending unemployment benefits and joined Florida Democrat Suzanne Kosmas on her bill to double the one-year waiting period before members who leave their seats can lobby ex-colleagues. Though he is among the chamber’s staunchest economic and social conservatives, his skepticism in 2011 about the war in Afghanistan made him practically a centrist on foreign policy: He was among just 16 House Republicans to vote in support of a phased withdrawal of troops there, and two months later, he was one of 61 to support reducing funding for the Afghanistan Infrastructure Fund by $200 million. Not that he was a pacifist – he joined fellow Florida Republican Jeff Miller in opposing a 2010 resolution to wish Iranians a prosperous new year, saying that Americans shouldn’t be lulled into complacency by that country’s efforts to develop nuclear bombs.

Posey has continued his quest for more accountability in government from his statehouse days. He succeeded in getting the Financial Services Committee to post the results of every committee vote on its website within two days. He also got through a proposal to require a 72-hour waiting period before legislation can be brought to the House floor, and he introduced another measure to require state governments to submit fiscal accounting reports as a condition of getting federal money. But he also drew scorn in November 2012 when he grilled a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official at an Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on studying vaccinated and unvaccinated children to determine if vaccines cause autism – an issue that the scientific community has said has no merit.

Posey coasted to reelection in 2010 and 2012, receiving 65% and 59% of the vote, respectively, in facing Democrat Carolyn “Shannon” Roberts both times. After the 2012 election, he was appointed to the Space, Science, and Technology Committee, giving him a more prominent post from which to advocate on behalf of the Kennedy Space Center and a Space Coast still figuring out how to live with NASA cutbacks.

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Bill Posey Election Results
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2012 General
Bill Posey (R)
Votes: 205,432
Percent: 58.88%
Shannon Roberts
Votes: 130,870
Percent: 37.51%
Richard Gillmor (NPA)
Votes: 12,607
Percent: 3.61%
2012 Primary
Bill Posey (R)
Unopposed
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (65%), 2008 (53%)
Bill Posey Votes and Bills
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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

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Economic 18 (L) : 80 (C) 15 (L) : 81 (C) 10 (L) : 83 (C)
Social - (L) : 87 (C) 9 (L) : 86 (C) - (L) : 83 (C)
Foreign 51 (L) : 49 (C) 30 (L) : 66 (C) 47 (L) : 51 (C)
Composite 25.5 (L) : 74.5 (C) 20.2 (L) : 79.8 (C) 23.3 (L) : 76.7 (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
FRC90100
LCV611
CFG8091
ITIC-50
NTU8282
20112012
COC88-
ACLU-0
ACU92100
ADA015
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: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $820 billion stimulus
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
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