Laurel Lee for Congress

Former State Attorney Mark Ober Endorses Laurel Lee for Congress

Ober Encourages “Congressional District 15 Voters to Cast Their Ballot for Laurel”

Tampa, Fla. – Republican candidate for Florida Congressional District 15 Laurel Lee today announced that former Hillsborough County State Attorney Mark Ober, who served 27 years as a prosecutor and worked tirelessly to keep communities safe, has endorsed Lee in her campaign for Congress.

“I am honored to give my endorsement to Laurel Lee as she runs for Congress,” said Ober. “As someone that has spent a good deal of their life working to protect and serve my community, I can recognize that same integrity and principles in others, which is why I’ve chosen to endorse Laurel. She knows what it takes to lead, fight, and defend, and she understands the integral role that our law enforcement plays in our communities. I know that she will serve our area well in Congress, and I encourage Congressional District 15 voters to cast their ballot for Laurel.”

“I am grateful to have former Hillsborough County State Attorney Mark Ober endorse my campaign to represent Congressional District 15 in Congress,” said Lee. “Mark diligently served our community for many years as an esteemed state attorney and worked alongside law enforcement to uphold the law as a top prosecutor. He worked tirelessly to keep our community safe and was a respected leader. I am honored that he has chosen me as the best candidate to represent and serve our area.”

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 SwearingenGreen Beret Jay Collins, and numerous local elected officials, including Plant City leaders.

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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