Byron Donalds 1Byron Donalds – FL19

Current Position: US Representative for FL District 19 since 2021
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2016 – 2020

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On Wednesday, Naples Republican Congressman Byron Donalds met with the Southwest Florida Community Advisory Board for the Naples Daily News and The News-Press. In a wide-ranging discussion that lasted more than an hour, he reflected on his first eight months in federal office, which he called “a wild ride.”

“In my view, we’re facing some serious challenges … and my hope is the Congress and president can find a way to reconcile those crises,” Donalds said.

One sharp contrast between Washington, DC and Tallahassee, where he served as a Florida representative from 2016 until last year, is the partisan divide and resulting difficulty advancing legislation.

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Current Position: US Representative for FL District 19 since 2021
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2016 – 2020

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Featured Video: 
Rep. Donalds Rips Chris Cuomo on COVID-19 Vaccine Freedom

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On Wednesday, Naples Republican Congressman Byron Donalds met with the Southwest Florida Community Advisory Board for the Naples Daily News and The News-Press. In a wide-ranging discussion that lasted more than an hour, he reflected on his first eight months in federal office, which he called “a wild ride.”

“In my view, we’re facing some serious challenges … and my hope is the Congress and president can find a way to reconcile those crises,” Donalds said.

One sharp contrast between Washington, DC and Tallahassee, where he served as a Florida representative from 2016 until last year, is the partisan divide and resulting difficulty advancing legislation.

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Byron Donalds

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Byron Donalds grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and he is also the proud son of a hardworking and loving single mother. His mother dedicated her time instilling in him that greatness requires sacrifice, which drives him as a devoted family man and United States Congressman.

Byron is a graduate of Florida State University and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in finance and marketing. Byron’s career led him to Southwest Florida, where he worked in the banking, finance, and insurance industries. Elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2016, Byron represented Hendry County and east Collier County in the State Capitol. During his tenure in the Florida House, Byron served as the PreK-12 Quality Subcommittee Chair during the 2018-2019 Legislative Session and served as the Insurance & Banking Subcommittee’s Chairman 2019-2020 Legislative Session. While serving in the Florida House, primarily focused on elder affairs, criminal justice reform, and ensuring that each child has access to a world-class education.

In January of 2020, Byron Donalds announced his congressional campaign live on Fox & Friends. Byron won the Republican nomination for Florida’s 19th Congressional District in August 2020, in a 9-way primary, filled with two self-funders and amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. During the general election, Byron received the endorsement of President Donald J. Trump, who called Byron a “rising star” and “a phenomenal Congressman.” Byron secured his victory in the general election over a progressive leftist, with over sixty-two percent of the vote. He has been a featured guest on multiple media outlets such as Fox News, Newsmax, BBC, the Washington Post, and more. Byron is committed to serving and giving back to the community that gave him so much. He has served Southwest Florida in many ways, including previously serving on the Board of Trustees for Florida Southwestern State College after being appointed by then-Governor Rick Scott. Byron continues to volunteer in his church as a youth leader and a mentor. He also enjoys volunteering as a coach in youth football and basketball leagues.

Congressman Byron Donalds lives in Naples, Florida, with his wife, Erika, and their three sons: Damon, Darin, and Mason. Byron has spent his entire adult life serving others, whether it be through volunteering, business, or leadership. He is committed to representing Florida’s 19th Congressional District’s conservative values in Washington DC to ensure a stronger Florida and a stronger nation.

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Committees

  • Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
    • Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
    • Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy
  • Committee on Budget
  • Committee on Small Business
    • Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access
    • Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations and Regulations

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Freedom Caucus
Republican Study Committee

Offices

Washington, DC Office523 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-2536Collier County Office3299 Tamiami Trail East
Suite 105
Naples, FL 34112
(239) 252-6225

Lee County Office1039 SE 9th Ave
Suite 308
Cape Coral, FL 33990
(239) 599-6033

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Wikipedia Entry

Byron Lowell Donalds (born October 28, 1978)[1] is an American politician and businessman serving as the U.S. Representative for Florida’s 19th congressional district since 2021.[2][3] His district serves most of the heart of Southwest Florida, including Cape Coral, Fort Myers and Naples. Donalds previously was the Florida State Representative for the 80th district, which encompasses Hendry County and part of Collier County,[4] from 2016 to 2021.[5][4][6]

Early life and education

Donalds was born and raised in the Crown Heights neighborhood in the New York City borough of Brooklyn.[7][8] One of three children, he was raised by his single mother.[7] In 1996, Donalds graduated from Nazareth Regional High School in East Flatbush.[9] He attended Florida A&M University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in finance and marketing from Florida State University in 2002.[10][7]

Career

Donalds and President Donald Trump in 2019 with a former inmate freed by the First Step Act

Prior to entering politics, Donalds worked in the finance, insurance, and banking industries.[1] He has worked at TIB Bank, CMG Life Services, and Moran Wealth in Naples, Florida.[7]

After Donalds became politically involved as a participant in the Tea Party movement, he was encouraged to run for office.[7]

In 2012, Donalds was a candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in Florida’s 19th congressional district. He finished fifth of six candidates.[11] In 2014, Donalds was reported as a likely candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Florida’s 19th congressional district following the resignation of Trey Radel, but decided against running.[11]

Donalds was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2016. During his Florida House tenure, Donalds chaired the Insurance and Banking Subcommittee.[12]

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Elections

2020

Donalds being sworn in by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy

Donalds was the Republican nominee for Florida’s 19th congressional district in the 2020 election, running to succeed retiring incumbent Francis Rooney. He won a crowded nine-way Republican primary by 770 votes over fellow Republican state representative Dane Eagle, finishing just over the threshold to avoid a recount.[13][14] In August 2020, anonymous text messages were sent out to constituents in the 19th district claiming that Donalds was dropping out of the race. Donalds later clarified via tweet that he was not dropping out and characterized the messages as “illegal”.[15][16] During his campaign, Donalds stated his support for economic freedom, clean water, nuclear power and decreased government involvement in health care. He opposed the Green New Deal.[7]

In the November 2020 general election, Donalds defeated Democratic nominee Cindy Banyai. Donalds has said he will focus on policy related to water quality in Southwest Florida.[17] However, he had effectively assured himself of a seat in Congress with his primary win. Republicans have a 100,000-voter advantage over Democrats in registration, and Florida Gulf Coast University professor Peter Bergerson noted that the Republican primary is almost always the real contest for most races in the area.[13] Upon his swearing-in on January 3, 2021; Donalds became only the sixth person to represent this district since its creation in 1983 (it had been the 13th District from 1983 to 1993, the 14th from 1993 to 2013, and has been the 19th since 2013).

Tenure

In late 2020, Donalds was identified as a participant in the Freedom Force, a group of incoming Republican members of the House of Representatives who “say they’re fighting against socialism in America”.[18][19][20]

In January 2021, Donalds voted to object to the certification of electors from the states of Arizona and Pennsylvania in the 2020 presidential election.[21]

Donalds was blocked from joining the Congressional Black Caucus.[22][23]

Iraq

In June 2021, Donalds was one of forty-nine House Republicans who voted in favor of the repeal of the AUMF against Iraq.[24][25]

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Personal life

Donalds and his wife, Erika, have three sons. They live in Naples, Florida.[29] Donalds became a Christian at the age of 21.[7]

Electoral History

Florida State House of Representatives Elections

2016[30]

2016 Florida’s 80th State House district Republican primary
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Byron Donalds 9,115 64.4%
RepublicanJoe Davidow5,04135.6%
Total votes14,156 100.0
2016 Florida’s 80th State House district general election
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Byron Donalds 51,031 100.0%
IndependentAnthony Joseph Cetrangelo (write-in)70.0%
Total votes51,038 100.0

United States House of Representatives Elections

2020[30]

2020 Florida’s 19th congressional district Republican primary results
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Byron Donalds 23,492 22.6%
RepublicanDane Eagle22,71521.9%
RepublicanCasey Askar20,77420.0%
RepublicanWilliam Figlesthaler19,07518.3%
RepublicanRandy Henderson7,8587.6%
RepublicanChristy McLaughlin4,2454.1%
RepublicanDan Severson3,1973.1%
RepublicanDarren Aquino1,4661.4%
RepublicanDaniel Kowal1,1351.1%
Total votes103,957 100.0%
2020 Florida’s 19th congressional district general election
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Byron Donalds 272,440 61.27%
DemocraticCindy Banyai172,14638.72%
IndependentPatrick Post (write-in)30.01%
Total votes444,589 100.0

See also

References

  1. ^ a b “Meet Byron”. Byron Donalds for Congress. Retrieved 2020-09-05.
  2. ^ “Donalds, Rommel win state House seats”. Naplesnews.com. 2016-08-30. Retrieved 2018-12-13.
  3. ^ “Florida House of Representatives – Byron Donalds – 2016-2018”. Myfloridahouse.gov. Retrieved 2018-12-13.
  4. ^ a b “Byron Donalds  – 2020 – 2022 ( Speaker Sprowls ) | Florida House of Representatives”. Retrieved Feb 2, 2021.
  5. ^ Conradis, Brandon (November 3, 2020). “Republican Byron Donalds wins House race in Florida”. TheHill.
  6. ^ “Black-American Members by Congress, 1870–Present | US House of Representatives: History, Art & Archives”. history.house.gov. Retrieved Feb 2, 2021.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g Williams, Amy Bennett. Almost an oxymoron’: Rising star Byron Donalds is a Black conservative aiming for national office”. The News-Press.
  8. ^ “Byron Donalds leading in Florida GOP primary, raising party’s diversity hopes”. Roll Call. Retrieved 2020-09-05.
  9. ^ “Nazareth Alumni Byron Donalds ’96 Elected Florida State Representative – Xaverian Brothers Sponsored Schools”. Retrieved 2020-09-05.
  10. ^ Buzzacco-Foerster, Jenna (2016-08-04). “Meet Byron Donalds, Republican running in House District 80”. Florida Politics – Campaigns & Elections. Lobbying & Government. Retrieved 2020-09-05.
  11. ^ a b “Byron Donalds decides not to run for Congress”. archive.naplesnews.com.
  12. ^ “Republican Byron Donalds wins District-19 Congressional seat”. November 4, 2020.
  13. ^ a b Bennett Williams, Amy. “Byron Donalds wins Republican primary election for U.S. Congressional District 19, will face Democrat Cindy Banyai”. The News-Press. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  14. ^ Ogles, Jacob (2020-01-06). “Byron Donalds announces bid for Francis Rooney’s congressional seat”. Florida Politics – Campaigns & Elections. Lobbying & Government. Retrieved 2020-09-05.
  15. ^ Alex Marquardt and Paul P. Murphy. “Fake texts and YouTube video spread disinformation about Republican primary candidate on election day”. CNN. Retrieved 2020-09-05.
  16. ^ “Fake text claims Byron Donalds dropped out of Congressional race, he calls it illegal”. NBC2 News. 2020-08-18. Retrieved 2020-09-05.
  17. ^ Williams, Amy Bennett. Blessed and highly favored’ Byron Donalds wins election for U.S. Congressional District 19, pledges water quality No. 1 priority”. Naples News. Retrieved 2020-11-06.
  18. ^ Jankowicz, Mia. “A group of incoming GOP House members, calling themselves the ‘Freedom Force,’ are trying to counter Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘Squad. Business Insider.
  19. ^ Parke, Caleb (December 1, 2020). “GOP Congresswoman-elect on forming ‘Freedom Force’: Left is ‘totally out of line’ with mainstream”. Fox News.
  20. ^ “The ‘Freedom Force’: Republican group takes on the Squad and ‘evil’ socialism”. the Guardian. November 30, 2020.
  21. ^ Skoneki, Mark (January 7, 2021). “Florida Sen. Rick Scott votes yes on objection to Biden’s presidency; Rubio votes no”. Orlando Sentinel.
  22. ^ Goba, Kadia (June 9, 2021). “The Congressional Black Caucus Is Blocking A Black Republican From Joining The Group”. BuzzFeed News. Retrieved 2021-06-12.
  23. ^ Lonas, Lexi (2021-06-09). “Congressional Black Caucus blocking Black House Republican from joining group”. The Hill. Retrieved 2021-06-12.
  24. ^ Rebecca Shabad (June 17, 2021). “House votes to repeal 2002 Iraq War authorization”. NBC News. Retrieved 31 July 2021.
  25. ^ “FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 172”. Retrieved 31 July 2021.
  26. ^ “Committees and Caucuses | U.S. Congressman Byron Donalds”. donalds.house.gov. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  27. ^ 2020 (2020-11-04). “House Freedom Caucus Could Add 7 New Conservative Members”. The Daily Signal. Retrieved 2021-02-28.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  28. ^ “Membership”. Republican Study Committee. 2017-12-06. Retrieved 2021-03-28.
  29. ^ Ceballos, Ana. “Five questions for State Rep. Byron Donalds”. Naples News. Retrieved 2020-09-05.
  30. ^ a b “Florida Department of State – Election Results”. results.elections.myflorida.com. Retrieved 2021-11-29.

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    • Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
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Francis RooneyFrancis Rooney

Current Position: US Representative for FL District 19 since 2017
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2021 US Senator

He is a successful businessman who brings decades of private sector experience to Washington. In 1984 Ambassador Rooney and his family started Rooney Holdings, Inc., a diversified group of companies including construction, real estate development, finance and electronics manufacturing.

In the 115th Congress, Rooney served as Vice-Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee and a member of the Joint Economic Committee.  In the 116th Congress, Rooney serves as ranking member of the Western Hemisphere subcommittee of the Foreign Affairs Committee.  He is the Republican co-chair of the Climate Solutions Caucus and a member of the bi-partisan Everglades and Estuary caucuses, which focus on restoring Florida’s ecosystems.  Rooney’s top congressional priorities include extending the moratorium on offshore drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico and fully funding the projects contained in the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) to protect and restore the Lake Okeechobee watershed.

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Current Position: US Representative for FL District 19 since 2017
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2021 US Senator

He is a successful businessman who brings decades of private sector experience to Washington. In 1984 Ambassador Rooney and his family started Rooney Holdings, Inc., a diversified group of companies including construction, real estate development, finance and electronics manufacturing.

In the 115th Congress, Rooney served as Vice-Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee and a member of the Joint Economic Committee.  In the 116th Congress, Rooney serves as ranking member of the Western Hemisphere subcommittee of the Foreign Affairs Committee.  He is the Republican co-chair of the Climate Solutions Caucus and a member of the bi-partisan Everglades and Estuary caucuses, which focus on restoring Florida’s ecosystems.  Rooney’s top congressional priorities include extending the moratorium on offshore drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico and fully funding the projects contained in the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) to protect and restore the Lake Okeechobee watershed.

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