Tampa, Fla. – Republican candidate for Florida Congressional District 15 Laurel Lee today announced that the Tampa Police Benevolent Association (Tampa PBA) and the West Central Florida Police Benevolent Association (West Central Florida PBA) have endorsed her campaign for Congress.
“We are proud to endorse Laurel Lee, U.S. Representative District 15,” said Darla Portman, president of the Tampa PBA, in their endorsement letter. “She demonstrates a strong commitment to the men and women of law enforcement. We know she has our back.”
“I’m honored to have received the endorsements of the Tampa PBA and the West Central Florida PBA,” said Lee. “As a former federal prosecutor, I’ve seen firsthand the vital role police play in our criminal justice system. They keep our streets and communities safe, and I pledge to continue to stand with our men and women of law enforcement in Congress.”
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 Moody, former Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Rick Swearingen, former State Attorney Mark Ober, and numerous local elected officials. She has also received the endorsement of the Everglades Trust.
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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