Current Position: US Representative for FL 15th District since 2021
Former Position(s): Member of the Lakeland City Commission from 2018 – 2021
The Ledger – September 16, 2021 (Short)
Florida Southern College is celebrating Constitution Day on Friday with prominent elected government officials and Florida judges.
The featured speakers include:
- Florida Chief Justice Charles T. Canady, a Lakeland native.
- Florida Rep. Anna Eskamani, D-Orlando.
- U.S. Rep. Scott Franklin, R-Lakeland.
- Retired Chief Justice R. Fred Lewis, FSC Class of 1969, and Eminent Professor of Law and Letters, Justice Teaching Center for Civic Learning.
- Florida Southern President Anne Kerr.
The event, hosted by the department of political science, will be from 4 to 6 p.m. on Mr. George’s Green, 111 Lake Hollingsworth Drive, near Lake Hollingsworth Drive and Ingraham Avenue.
Source: Government page
Congressman Scott Franklin serves the citizens of Florida’s 15th Congressional District. He is a 20-year veteran in insurance and risk management, having led Lanier Upshaw in Lakeland, FL as President & CEO for 20 years before merging into BKS Partners on January 1, 2020, where he served as Managing Partner. He was elected to Congress in November, 2020 and was sworn in on January 3, 2021.
Scott’s first career was as a Naval Aviator, where he flew jets from the decks of 13 aircraft carriers during 26 years of service, including 14 years on active duty, followed by 12 years in the reserves. He had numerous deployments to the Mediterranean, Persian Gulf, and North Atlantic, and saw combat operations in the Gulf, Bosnia and Kosovo. He was recalled to active duty twice after 9/11 with U.S. Central Command.
Scott has served in leadership capacities with many community and civic organizations, including chairman of the Florida chapter of Young Presidents Organization (YPO), Lakeland Economic Development Council, Lakeland Rotary Club, and director for the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce, Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In, the Aerospace Center for Excellence, Lakeland Downtown Development Authority, Lakeland International Airport Advisory Board, Central Florida Speech & Hearing Center and the Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise at Florida Southern College. He is a graduate of Leadership Florida, Leadership Lakeland, Leadership Polk and the Tampa Bay Partnership’s CEO Direct program. Scott served as a Lakeland City Commissioner and Mayor Pro Tem prior to running for Congress.
He is a 1986 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and holds an MBA from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Scott is also a graduate of the Air Command & Staff College and Wharton’s Executive Leadership Development Program.
As a freshman Member of Congress, Scott was appointed to serve on the House Armed Services Committee where he was appointed to the Subcommittee on Intelligence and Special Operations and the Subcommittee on Cyber, Innovative Technologies, and Information Systems. Scott also sits on the House Committee on Oversight and Reform where he was appointed to the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy and the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.
He and his wife, Amy, have been married 30 years and have three adult children.
- Committee on Armed Services
- Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
- Agriculture Research Caucus
- Air Cargo Caucus
- Buy American Caucus
- Career and Tech Education Caucus
- For Country Caucus
- Friends of Israel Caucus
- General Aviation Caucus
- Honor & Civility Caucus
- Human Trafficking Caucus
- Pilots Caucus
- Pro-Life Caucus
- Rare Disease Caucus
- Republican Study Committee
- Rural Broadband Caucus
- Taiwan Caucus
- Term Limits Caucus
- Victims Rights Caucus
Washington, DC 20515
Lakeland, FL 33801
Clifford Scott Franklin (born August 23, 1964) is an American politician and businessman who is the U.S. Representative for Florida’s 15th congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party.
Early life and career
Born in Thomaston, Georgia, Franklin was raised in Lakeland, Florida. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy in 1986 and served in the United States Navy as a Naval Aviator flying the S-3 Viking off of multiple aircraft carriers and routinely deploying overseas. Franklin later earned a Master of Business Administration from Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University and is a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College.
He spent a total of 26 years in the Navy, 14 on active duty and 12 in the Naval Reserve, including being mobilized/recalled to active duty with U.S. Central Command following the Al Qaeda attack on the United States of September 11, 2001. He retired with the rank of Commander.
Franklin joined Lanier Upshaw, an insurance company, in 2000, and became its chief executive officer. In 2017, Franklin was elected as a city commissioner for the Southeast district of Lakeland, Florida, succeeding longtime incumbent Edie Yates. As a result of his run for Congress, Franklin was required to resign his seat on the city commission; he chose to make his resignation effective for January 3, 2021, the day he was sworn into Congress. Franklin was succeeded on the city commission by Don Selvage, a former commissioner who will hold the seat as an interim appointee from January 4 until the April 6 special election to fill the vacancy.
U.S. House of Representatives
In March 2020, Franklin announced his primary bid against freshman congressman Ross Spano, who was facing investigation by federal investigators over financial irregularities. In the 2020 Republican primary for Florida’s 15th congressional district, Franklin defeated Spano and received his party’s nomination for the general election. Franklin defeated Alan Cohn in the general election.
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- Representative Scott Franklin official U.S. House website
- Scott Franklin for Congress
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
- Appearances on C-SPAN
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