Laurel Lee for Congress

Florida Congressman Gus Bilirakis Endorses Laurel Lee

Congressman Bilirakis: “I Encourage Voters in CD 15 to Join in Supporting Laurel”

Tampa, Fla. – Republican candidate for Florida Congressional District 15 Laurel Lee today announced that Florida Congressman Gus Bilirakis has endorsed her campaign for Congress. 

“I am pleased to endorse Laurel Lee and encourage all voters in CD 15 to join me in supporting her,” said Congressman Bilirakis. “Laurel has served her community as a prosecutor and then as a judge, before serving the state of Florida as Secretary of State. She knows what it takes to be a leader and be a representative and voice of a community, and I know she is the right choice for CD 15.”

“Congressman Bilirakis has represented our surrounding community for years and has served with honesty and civility,” said Lee. “I have long admired his integrity and all he has done for our region; he has been a tremendous public servant. I am honored to have his endorsement.”

Lee has over 50 armed service veterans who have lent their names in support of her campaign for Congress, and she has received the endorsements of Florida Attorney General Ashley Moodyformer Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Rick Swearingenformer State Attorney Mark Ober, and numerous local elected officials. She has also received the endorsements of the Everglades Trust, the Tampa Police Benevolent Association and the West Central Florida Police Benevolent Association.

The newly drawn Congressional District 15 encompasses eastern Hillsborough County, along with parts of Pasco and Polk Counties.

Laurel was appointed by Governor DeSantis as Florida’s 36th Secretary of State in January 2019 and served in this position until May 2022. During her tenure as Secretary of State, she worked to strengthen Florida’s elections infrastructure and cybersecurity defenses, increased voter registration and participation, and ensured accurate and secure elections in Florida. Following Florida’s successful 2020 election, Laurel was recognized as a national leader on election policy and security. She was a member of the Election Integrity Commission for the Republican State Leadership Committee. She also served on the Elections Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council, the executive committee and as policy chair for the Republican Secretaries of State Committee, and on the executive board and co-chair of the Elections Committee for the National Association of Secretaries of State, where she spotlighted the success of Florida on the national stage. Prior to serving in the DeSantis administration, Laurel served as a Circuit Court Judge in Florida’s Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in Hillsborough County, appointed by then-Governor Rick Scott. Before becoming a judge, Laurel served as a federal prosecutor for the United States Attorney’s Office in the Middle District of Florida. Raised by a two-star general in the United States Air Force and a public school teacher, Laurel has family ties in eastern Hillsborough County that go back more than 70 years.

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