Former U.S. Congressman Dr. Dave Weldon Announces Candidacy for Florida State House District 32
By Space Coast Daily // February 20, 2023
WELDON: State legislatures are the best protection against the dysfunction and big government overreach
BREVARD COUNTY • INDIALANTIC, FLORIDA – Dr. Dave Weldon (R-Indialantic), a former seven-term United States Congressman, announced on Monday his candidacy for the Florida House District 32 seat, currently occupied by Thad Altman, who will term out in 2024.
During his time in Washington, DC, he fought to support and expand the space program, protect the right to life, defend the Second Amendment, and strengthen American national security.
“State legislatures are the best protection against the dysfunction and big government overreach that has infected Washington DC today,” Weldon said.
“I am running for the Florida House to protect our rights and liberties and tackle the critical issues facing our families. I commend Governor DeSantis and the Florida Legislature for their commitment to conservative leadership. In the Florida House, I will stand firm in defense of life, the Second Amendment, parental rights in education, the rule of law, low taxes, and a strong economy.
“I will take a scalpel to waste and bloat in the state budget and always uphold our conservative values. Now more than ever, we need proven conservatives in state government to safeguard Florida families from the Radical Left’s extreme agenda,” said Weldon.
In addition to being a former U.S. Congressman, Weldon is a medical doctor, U.S. Army veteran, and staunch conservative. He was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as part of the 1994 Republican Revolution and served until 2008.
During his time in Congress, Weldon sat on numerous high-level committees, including Appropriations, Science, and Health and Human Services. He played a key role in policies impacting the Space Coast, such as supporting the shuttle program, construction of the International Space Station, and passing the Commercial Space Act.
Weldon also secured funds to construct the East Central Florida VA Clinic and acquire land to expand the Archie Carr Wildlife Refuge in Brevard County.
Weldon opted against re-election in 2008, endorsing then-state Sen. Bill Posey to succeed him. Posey still holds the seat.
He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board for the Israel Allies Foundation and a trustee for the Florida Institute of Technology. He has been married 41 years to his wife Nancy and has two adult children.
House District 32 includes Rockledge, Viera, Melbourne, Indian Harbour Beach, and Indialantic. District 32 is a staunchly Republican seat. The partisan registration is 44 percent Republican, 26 percent Democrat, and 30 percent independent.