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Address: 11345 Big Bend Road, Riverview FL 33579

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Address: 226 Taylor Street, Punta Gorda FL 33950-4459

Sebring FL

Phone: (863) 402-9082

Fax: (863) 402-9084

Address: 4509 George Boulevard, Sebring FL 33875

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Tom Rooney Biography
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  • Elected: 2008, 3rd term.
  • District: Florida 17
  • Born: Nov. 21, 1970, Philadelphia, PA
  • Home: Tequesta
  • Education:

    Washington & Jefferson Col., B.A., 1993; U. of FL, M.A., 1996; U. of Miami, J.D., 1999.

  • Professional Career:

    FL asst. atty. gen., 2004-05; CEO, Children's Place at HomeSafe, 2005-06.

  • Military Career:

    Army JAG, 2000-04; Army Reserves, 2004-07.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Catholic

  • Family: Married (Tara); 3 children

Tom Rooney, a Republican elected in 2008, is a former military prosecutor and West Point instructor who holds the firmly conservative views that such a background suggests. But in a highly polarized House, Rooney is unusual for how often he actively has worked with Democrats on issues of common interest. Read More

Tom Rooney, a Republican elected in 2008, is a former military prosecutor and West Point instructor who holds the firmly conservative views that such a background suggests. But in a highly polarized House, Rooney is unusual for how often he actively has worked with Democrats on issues of common interest.

The grandson of Pittsburgh Steelers founding owner Art Rooney, he was born in Philadelphia and was a water boy for the team. (The Steelers were his largest single campaign contributor between 2008 and 2012.) His cousin is actress Rooney Mara, best known for her role in the movie The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. When he was 14, his father moved to Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., where his family owned the Palm Beach Kennel Club, a racetrack and gambling business. Rooney briefly attended Syracuse University, where he earned a spot as a tight end and deep snapper for the Orangemen. But with no desire for a professional football career, Rooney transferred to the smaller Washington and Jefferson College just outside Pittsburgh, where he played both football and golf. He was a staff assistant for former Republican Sen. Connie Mack of Florida for a brief period, and then got a law degree from the University of Miami, where he met his wife, Tara. After graduation, Rooney was a special assistant U.S. attorney at Fort Hood in Texas, and later taught constitutional and criminal law at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. When Republican Charlie Crist became the Florida attorney general, he hired Rooney as an assistant attorney general in 2004. After leaving the attorney general’s office, he headed a home for abused children and, in 2006, entered private law practice in Stuart.

Rooney was first elected to Florida’s 16th District (later dramatically redrawn in 2010 reapportionment). In the 2008 primary, Rooney secured endorsements from Mack and Crist, who had since become governor. The governor’s endorsement riled the other two candidates, state Rep. Gayle Harrell and former Palm Beach Gardens City Councilman Hal Valeche, who pointed to the campaign contributions Crist had received from Rooney’s family. Rooney won the primary by only 1,011 votes over Harrell, 36.7%-34.9%.

In the general election, Rooney challenged freshman Democrat Tim Mahoney. Rooney faced relatively long odds and Mahoney looked to be headed for an easy reelection, outpacing Rooney in fundraising and maintaining a solid lead in most polls throughout the fall. But then on Oct. 13, ABC News broke the story that Mahoney had paid a former aide $121,000 to keep quiet about their affair after he ended the relationship and fired her. The incumbent admitted to having “multiple affairs” while in Congress, but asserted he had done nothing to violate his oath of office. Rooney shot up nearly 25 points in the polls. Still, Mahoney declined to end his campaign, even after Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for an Ethics Committee investigation into the payment. Mahoney’s financial contributions quickly dried up. Rooney won easily with 60% of the vote.

In the House, he joined the Republican whip team and was given a seat on the Intelligence Committee. But he has shown a repeated willingness to cross party lines and challenge his party’s leaders. He sponsored a controversial House-passed resolution in February 2011 to cut $450 million in Pentagon spending, including a project near Republican Speaker John Boehner’s Ohio district to build a second engine for the F-35 jet fighter. He joined with Rep. Michael McMahon, a New York Democrat, in taking up the cause of improving mental health in the military, and the two got a provision into the fiscal 2010 defense authorization bill requiring confidential one-on-one screening for all returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. Rooney also worked with Florida Democrat Ted Deutch – with whom he occasionally plays in a rock band – on a 2011 measure that became law to help homeless veterans. And he was the lead sponsor of a bipartisan measure that passed the Judiciary Committee in February 2012 to ban the import or interstate trade of Burmese pythons and eight other species of snakes that have decimated native animal populations in the Everglades.

But Rooney’s bipartisanship has its limits. After joining the Agriculture Committee in mid-2010, he became an outspoken critic of efforts to lift the ban on travel and food sales to Cuba. He has taken a strong stand against illegal immigration, introducing a bill in 2010 to require incarcerated illegal immigrants to be deported as soon as they are released from jail. He pushed a measure in 2011 to deny the Environmental Protection Agency the ability to enforce water pollution rules that agricultural interests deemed overly harsh. “I want to be the environmental congressman for my district,” Rooney told EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson at a hearing. “But I also represent a lot of farmers.” He was one of five House Republicans in July 2012 who called for an investigation into whether State Department aide Huma Abedin tried to improperly influence U.S. policy in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood – an unfounded accusation it turns out that drew strong criticism from Boehner and Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

In 2010, Rooney sailed to reelection with 67% of the vote. After redistricting two years later, he moved to the new, more rural district 17th District, stretching from the conservative farmlands near Lake Okeechobee to the heavily Republican southwest Gulf Coast, and won with 59%.

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Tom Rooney Election Results
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2012 General
Thomas Rooney (R)
Votes: 165,488
Percent: 58.63%
William Bronson (D)
Votes: 116,766
Percent: 41.37%
2012 Primary
Thomas Rooney (R)
Votes: 37,881
Percent: 73.2%
Joe Arnold (R)
Votes: 13,871
Percent: 26.8%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (67%), 2008 (60%)
Tom Rooney 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 39 (L) : 60 (C) 15 (L) : 81 (C) - (L) : 90 (C)
Social 42 (L) : 57 (C) 9 (L) : 86 (C) 17 (L) : 74 (C)
Foreign 47 (L) : 52 (C) 16 (L) : 81 (C) - (L) : 91 (C)
Composite 43.2 (L) : 56.8 (C) 15.3 (L) : 84.7 (C) 10.3 (L) : 89.7 (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
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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: Y
    • 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: Y
    • 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
    • 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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