Republican William 'Bill' J. Posey

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William 'Bill' J. Posey

Birthdate: Dec. 18, 1947
Birth Place: Washington, DC, United States
Residence: Rockledge, FL
Religion: Methodist
First Elected: 2008
Gender: Male

Candidacy

Party: Republican
State: Florida
Office: House
District: District 8

Education

Undergraduate: Brevard Community College

Degree: AA

Bill Posey was born in Washington, D.C., and now lives in Rockledge, Fla. He moved to Florida in 1956 and worked at the Kennedy Space Center until he was laid off at the end of the Apollo program. He earned an associate degree from Brevard Community College in 1969.

Posey owns a real estate company and has worked in the industry for more than 30 years. He served as director of the Florida Association of Realtors and president of the Space Coast Association of Realtors.

He races stock cars.

Posey won a seat on the Rockledge City Council in 1976, and was elected to the Florida House in 1992, serving eight years. In 2000, he was elected to the Florida Senate.

He was elected to the U.S. House in 2008.

Posey and his wife, Katie, have two children.

Profile

Bill Posey introduced legislation soon after being elected to Florida's 15th Congressional District in 2008 that would require presidential candidates to provide a copy of their birth certificates along with other documents that prove they can serve as president. That appeared to be in reaction to Internet rumors that President Barack Obama wasn't born in the United States.

In 2012, after running unopposed in the primary, Posey faces Democrat Shannon Roberts in the November general election in the new 8th Congressional District.

Posey led a vigorous effort in 2010 opposing Obama's plan to reduce human space flight and introduced a bill that would extend the use of the space shuttle.

Posey sponsored bills to help victims of Chinese drywall, and he led legislation _ known as the Madoff Act _ to block new climate change disclosure requirements created by the Securities and Exchange Commission. He questioned SEC Chairwoman Mary Shapiro about what disciplinary action the SEC has taken against employee malfeasance in the wake of the Bernard Madoff scandal.

Posey co-sponsored a resolution in the House in 2012 to protect premium hand-rolled cigars from Food and Drug Administration regulations. Florida's Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson sponsored a similar Senate proposal. Florida is home to many of the nation's premium cigar makers.

Posey introduced the Senior Citizens Income Security Act in October 2011 designed to help seniors improve their economic well-being and restore promises made under Social Security.

During his time in the Florida Senate, Posey was a lead negotiator on insurance issues facing the Legislature as Floridians saw rising property insurance costs and, in some cases, more difficulty finding coverage.

He also wrote, printed and distributed a free book titled "Activity-Based Total Accountability," which is aimed at promoting government accountability.

Source: Associated Press

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