Incumbent Republican Congressman Bill Posey Defeats Democrat Challenger Jim Kennedy

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WATCH: Incumbent Congressman Bill Posey, representing Florida’s 8th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives Rep. Posey talks about his background ahead of the Nov. 3 election. Paid political advertisement by Friends of Bill Posey.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Incumbent Republican Congressman Bill Posey defeated democrat challenger Jim Kennedy Tuesday night after Rep. Posey won over 60-percent of the votes cast by voters in Brevard County.

Rep. Posey received over 60-percent of the vote in Brevard County with 215,539 votes compared Kennedy’s 139,645 votes.

Posey was born in 1947 and has been a Florida resident since 1956. After graduating from Cocoa High and earning his A.A. from Brevard Community College, he followed in his father’s footsteps and worked at the Kennedy Space Center until he was laid off with the end of the Apollo Program.

Posey is the founder and President of Posey & Co. Realtors with over 30 years of residential and commercial real estate experience. Bill has served as a director of the Florida Association of Realtors and the President of the Space Coast Association of Realtors.

He was first elected to the Rockledge City Council in 1976, then to the Florida House in 1992, and served in the Florida Senate from 2001 to 2009, representing the 24th District.

While in Tallahassee, Posey received numerous awards over the years including Legislator of the Year from a number of groups including the American Legislative Exchange Council. He is known nationwide for his innovation in bringing greater accountability to government, having authored the book Activity Based Total Accountability.

In 2008, Posey was elected to the United States House of Representatives to serve Florida’s 15th District, which covered all of Indian River County and portions of Brevard, Osceola and Polk Counties.

He currently serves on the House’s Standing Committee on Financial Services; the Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development and Insurance; the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions; and the Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

Posey’s reputation for demanding responsibility and accountability in government has remained strong in Congress, as Human Events magazine has named him “Mr. Accountability” for his leadership on government reform. He is a signer of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

In Congress, he has been a committed and successful fighter for better ideas and positive change in Washington. Bill is a consistent opponent of wasteful government spending and is a co-sponsor of a constitutional amendment requiring Congress to pass a balanced budget.

He introduced legislation that has become law requiring every bill voted on the floor in Congress to be posted online for 72 hours for the public and members of Congress to read before seeing a vote.

Another of Posey’s Congressional transparency initiatives that have been incorporated into House Rules and operating procedures requires that all changes to legislation throughout the legislative process be clearly shown so that the public and all Members of Congress are able easily see any changes and better understand the impact of such changes.

He has introduced a legislative proposal to prohibit members of Congress and committees from inserting unrelated amendments into bills without a vote on the House floor. Bill proposed legislation that would end the revolving door between Congress and lobbying.

In addition, Posey supports numerous bills that would provide meaningful reform to our health care system, protecting Medicare and Social Security, keeping taxes low, reducing excessive regulation, empowering state and local governments, creating a healthy economy where employers and their employees thrive, and protecting religious freedom and personal liberty.

To date, 19 of Posey’s legislative initiatives have been signed into law.

He has been married to his high school sweetheart Katie for 50 years and together they have two grown daughters, Pam and Cathi, and 3 grandchildren.

Besides being a devoted husband, dad, and now grandfather, Posey is an accomplished stock car racer, having received the award for short track driver achievement in memory of Davey & Clifford Allison presented by Bobby & Judy Allison.

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