William Gregory Steube[1] (/ˈstbi/ STOOB-ee; born May 19, 1978) is an American attorney and politician serving as the U.S. representative for Florida’s 17th congressional district since 2019. His district stretches across a large swath of south-central Florida, from the outer suburbs of Sarasota and Fort Myers through the Everglades to the shores of Lake Okeechobee. A member of the Republican Party, Steube served three terms in the Florida House of Representatives, representing the SarasotaManatee area from 2010 to 2016, as well as two years in the Florida Senate until 2018, representing Sarasota County and the western part of Charlotte County.

Early life

Steube was born in Bradenton to Brad Steube, who served as Sheriff of Manatee County. He graduated from Southeast High School in 1996.[2] He attended the University of Florida, receiving a degree in Animal Science in 2000, and then his Juris Doctor from the Fredric G. Levin College of Law in 2003. At UF, Steube was a brother of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. After graduation, Steube joined the United States Army and attended The JAG School at the University of Virginia and entered U.S. Army JAG Corps. He served from 2004 to 2008 and deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Florida House of Representatives

Steube in 2011

When State Representative Ron Reagan was unable to seek reelection in 2010 due to term limits, Steube ran to succeed him in the 67th District, based in southern Hillsborough County, eastern Manatee County, and northern Sarasota County, stretching from Apollo Beach to Fruitville. He received an endorsement from U.S. Representative Vern Buchanan, who called Steube “extremely knowledgeable of the district and the district’s issues.”[3] In the Republican primary, he defeated Jeremiah J. Guccione and Robert McCann with 53% of the vote to Guccione’s 28% and McCann’s 19%. He advanced to the general election, where he faced Democratic nominee Z. J. Hafeez and independent candidate John M. Studebaker. Both candidates opposed offshore oil drilling off the coast of the state, supported solar energy, and favored medical tort law reform “that they [felt would] increase access to health care for Floridians.”[4] Steube won 68% of the vote to Hafeez’s 27% and Studebaker’s 5%.[citation needed]

After the reconfiguration of state legislative districts in 2012, Steube’s district was renumbered the 73rd district. The district was pushed further into Sarasota County while losing its share of Hillsborough County. Steube won his party’s nomination unopposed, and moved on to the general election, facing only Bob McCann, who had previously run against Steube in the 2010 Republican primary, but was running as an independent. Steube and McCann disagreed over whether the state should expand Medicaid under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, with Steube opposed and McCann in favor, and over whether the state should fund charter schools, with Steube in favor and McCann opposed.[5] Steube was endorsed by the Bradenton Herald, which praised him for his “strong first term and his qualifications”, specifically calling him out for working to put two constitutional amendments on the ballot that provide tax exemptions to the spouses of deceased military veterans and property tax relief to low-income seniors.[6] Steube defeated McCann with 74% of the vote. In 2014, Steube was reelected to his third term in the legislature without opposition.[citation needed]

Florida Senate

In 2016, Steube ran for the Florida Senate seat vacated by Nancy Detert, who was term limited. He defeated four other candidates in the Republican primary, receiving 31% of the vote, and won the general election against Democrat Frank Alcock, 59 to 41%.[7][8]

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2018

Steube ran for the Republican nomination for Florida’s 17th Congressional District in 2018, a seat that was being vacated by Tom Rooney, who declined to seek reelection. He won the August 28 Republican primary. In the November 6 general election, he defeated Democrat Allen Ellison, who replaced the original Democratic nominee, April Freeman, after she died unexpectedly in September.[9]

2020

Steube was reelected in 2020 with 64.6% of the vote, defeating Democrat Allen Ellison.[10]

Tenure

Steube supports repealing the Affordable Care Act.[11] During the COVID-19 pandemic, Steube argued that the “deep state” at the FDA was preventing the usage of hydroxychloroquine, an antimalarial drug, to treat COVID-19.[11]

In December 2020, Steube was one of 126 Republican members of the House of Representatives to sign an amicus brief in support of Texas v. Pennsylvania, a lawsuit filed at the United States Supreme Court contesting the results of the 2020 presidential election, in which Joe Biden defeated incumbent Donald Trump.[12] The Supreme Court declined to hear the case on the basis that Texas lacked standing under Article III of the Constitution to challenge the results of an election held by another state.[13][14][15]

On January 6-7, 2021, Steube voted not to certify the election of Joe Biden as President.[16] On January 13, Steube voted against the Second Impeachment of Donald Trump. [17]

In October 2020 and again in January 2021, Steube introduced a bill to stop technology platforms from suspending right-wing accounts.[18]

In late February 2021, Steube and a dozen other Republican House members skipped votes and enlisted others to vote for them, citing the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but he and the other members were actually attending the Conservative Political Action Conference, which was held at the same time as their slated absences.[19] In response, the Campaign for Accountability, an ethics watchdog group, filed a complaint with the House Committee on Ethics and requested an investigation into Steube and the other lawmakers.[20]

In June 2021, Steube was among 21 House Republicans who voted against a resolution to give the Congressional Gold Medal to police officers who defended the U.S. Capitol on January 6.[21]

In June 2021, Steube was one of 49 House Republicans to vote to repeal the AUMF against Iraq.[22][23]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Electoral history

Six weeks before the 2018 election, Steube’s Democratic opponent, 54-year-old April Freeman, was found dead. As of January 2019, the cause of death is unknown.[26] A replacement, Allen Ellison, was appointed, but ballots were already printed. Rather than reprint, Ellison’s name was left off of the ballot.[27]

Republican primary results
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Greg Steube 48,963 62.4
RepublicanBill Akins15,13319.3
RepublicanJulio Gonzalez14,40218.3
Total votes78,498 100.0
Florida’s 17th congressional district, 2018
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Greg Steube 193,326 62.3
DemocraticAllen Ellison117,19437.7
Total votes310,520 100.0
Republican hold
Florida’s 17th congressional district, 2020
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Greg Steube (incumbent) 266,514 64.6
DemocraticAllen Ellison140,48734.1
IndependentTheodore Murray5,3961.3
Total votes412,397 100.0
Republican hold

References

  1. ^ Florida Bar Member Profile, William Gregory Steube
  2. ^ “US Congress Rep. W. Gregory Steube (R) | TrackBill”.
  3. ^ “Buchanan endorses Greg Steube in race”. Bradenton Herald. May 5, 2009. Retrieved May 8, 2014.
  4. ^ Maley, Dennis (October 14, 2010). “Florida Dist. 67 House Race: Hafeez and Steube Break the Mold”. The Bradenton Times. Retrieved May 8, 2014.
  5. ^ Williams, Nick (September 25, 2012). “Education, health care at heart of debate between Steube, McCann for District 73 House race”. Bradenton Herald. Retrieved May 8, 2014.
  6. ^ “Greg Steube’s legislative achievements rate new House term”. Bradenton Herald. October 23, 2012. Archived from the original on May 13, 2014. Retrieved May 8, 2014.
  7. ^ Buzzacco-Foerster, Jenna (2016-08-30). “Greg Steube wins in SD 23, will face Democrat Frank Alcock in November”. Florida Politics. Retrieved 2016-11-13.
  8. ^ Anderson, Zac (2016-11-08). “Greg Steube breaks the mold with his win”. Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Retrieved 2016-11-13.
  9. ^ Smith, Bill (October 2, 2018). “Economic activist to replace April Freeman as Democratic candidate for Congress”. The Fort Myers News-Press. Retrieved January 5, 2019.
  10. ^ “Republican Greg Steube wins reelection to U.S. House in Florida’s 17th Congressional District”. AP NEWS. 2020-11-04. Retrieved 2022-08-13.
  11. ^ a b White, Gary. “Steube faces two challengers in seeking 2nd term”. The Ledger. Retrieved 2022-02-23.
  12. ^ “List: The 126 House members, 19 states and 2 imaginary states that backed Texas’ challenge to Trump defeat”. The Mercury News. Bay Area News Group. December 15, 2020.
  13. ^ Liptak, Adam (2020-12-11). “Supreme Court Rejects Texas Suit Seeking to Subvert Election”. The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on December 11, 2020. Retrieved 2020-12-12.
  14. ^ “Order in Pending Case” (PDF). Supreme Court of the United States. 2020-12-11. Archived (PDF) from the original on December 11, 2020. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  15. ^ Diaz, Daniella. “Brief from 126 Republicans supporting Texas lawsuit in Supreme Court”. CNN. Archived from the original on December 12, 2020. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  16. ^ Yourish, Karen; Buchanan, Larry; Lu, Denise (January 7, 2021). “The 147 Republicans Who Voted to Overturn Election Results”. The New York Times. Retrieved September 12, 2022.(subscription required)
  17. ^ Swasey, Benjamin; Carlsen, Audrey (January 13, 2021). “The House Has Impeached Trump Again. Here’s How House Members Voted”. National Public Radio. Retrieved September 12, 2022.
  18. ^ CKGJanuary 12; Pm, 2021 at 5:04 (2021-01-12). “Greg Steube files bill to curb social media ‘censorship’ of conservatives”. Florida Politics – Campaigns & Elections. Lobbying & Government. Retrieved 2021-08-18.
  19. ^ Bash, Dana; Raju, Manu; Diaz, Daniella; Fox, Lauren; Warren, Michael (February 26, 2021). “More than a dozen Republicans tell House they can’t attend votes due to ‘public health emergency.’ They’re slated to be at CPAC”. CNN. Retrieved March 10, 2021.
  20. ^ Grayer, Annie; Diaz, Daniella (March 10, 2021). “First on CNN: Watchdog group requests investigation into 13 GOP lawmakers for misusing proxy voting”. CNN. Retrieved March 10, 2021.
  21. ^ Grayer, Annie; Wilson, Kristin (June 16, 2021). “21 Republicans vote no on bill to award Congressional Gold Medal for January 6 police officers”. CNN. Retrieved June 16, 2021.
  22. ^ “House votes to repeal 2002 Iraq War authorization”. NBC News.
  23. ^ https://clerk.house.gov/evs/2021/roll172.xml[bare URL]
  24. ^ McPherson, Lindsey (October 31, 2018). “As House Republicans Brace for Losses, Freedom Caucus Prepares for Growth”. rollcall.com. Retrieved November 17, 2018. Potential recruits receiving Freedom Fund money this cycle include Chip Roy in Texas’ 21st District, Yvette Herrell in New Mexico’s 2nd District, Mark Harris in North Carolina’s 9th District, Greg Steube in Florida’s 17th District, Denver Riggleman in Virginia’s 5th District, Mark Green in Tennessee’s 7th District, Russ Fulcher in Idaho’s 1st District, Ron Wright in Texas’ 6th District and Ben Cline in Virginia’s 6th District.
  25. ^ “Membership”. Republican Study Committee. 2017-12-06. Retrieved 2021-03-28.
  26. ^ Sanchez, Josh (September 24, 2018). “April Freeman Cause Of Death: How Did April Freeman Die?”.
  27. ^ “April Freeman, Congressional candidate in Florida, dies suddenly”. 26 September 2018.

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