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Matt Gaetz Biography
Matt Gaetz (Matthew Louis Gaetz II) is an American U.S. Representative for Florida’s 1st congressional district since 2017. He has also served on the Budget, Armed Services, and Judiciary Committees. He is a member of the Republican Party.
Before he was serving as a member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 4th District, which includes most of Okaloosa County, from 2010 to 2016. He has also worked as an attorney in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.
Matt Gaetz Age
Matt Gaetz was born on May 7, 1982, in Hollywood, Florida, United States. He is 32 years old as of 2019.
Matt Gaetz Net worth
Matt Gaetz earns his income from his businesses and from other related organizations. He also earns his income from his work as a politician. He has an estimated net worth of $27 million.Matt Gaetz photo
Matt Gaetz Family
Matt Gaetz was born to Victoria (mother) and Don Gaetz (father) who was Florida politician, he grew up in the Fort Walton Beach, Florida area. His father Don represented parts of northwest Florida as a member of the Florida State Senate from 2006 to 2016 and served as Senate president from 2012 to 2014. His grandfather, Jerry Gaetz, was the mayor of Rugby, North Dakota, and a candidate for lieutenant governor of North Dakota at the 1964 North Dakota Republican Party state convention, where he died of a heart attack
Matt Gaetz Education
Matt Gaetz graduated from Florida State University in 2003. He also joined the William and Mary College in 2007 where he graduated with a J.D degree in Law.
Matt Gaetz Florida House of Representatives
In 2010, Matt Gaetz following the resignation of Republican state representative Ray Sansom due to corruption charges, he ran in the special election to succeed Sansom in the 4th District, which included southern Santa Rosa County and Okaloosa County. In a crowded Republican primary that included Craig Barker, Kabe Woods, Jerry G. Melvin, and Bill Garvie, Gaetz won with 43% of the vote.
During the general election, he defeated Democratic nominee Jan Fernald, winning 66% of the vote. He was unopposed for a full term in 2010. In 2012, following the reconfiguration of Florida House of Representatives districts, Gaetz’s district no longer contained any of Santa Rosa County. He was re-elected, unopposed, in 2012 and 2014.
He decided to run for the special elections to represent 4th District which included southern Santa Rosa County and Okaloosa County. He defeated Democratic nominee Jan Fernald, with a % score of 66% of the votes. He was unopposed for a full term in 2010. In 2012, following the reconfiguration of Florida House of Representatives districts, Gaetz’s district no longer contained any of Santa Rosa County.
He was re-elected, unopposed, in 2012 and 2014. While serving in the state house, he joined the State Senator Joe Negron to propose legislation that was designed to accelerate the execution of many of the 404 inmates on Florida’s death row” by requiring the Governor to sign a death warrant for those inmates who have exhausted their appeals, he said, “Only God can judge. But we can sure set up the meeting.”
He also joined the state forces with Senator Greg Evers to propose legislation that eliminated the federal ethanol content mandate that 10% of gasoline sold in Florida contain ethanol; the legislation was signed by Governor Rick Scott in May 2013. He is also the Chairman of the Criminal Justice Subcommittee, which was tasked with reviewing the legislation, he announced before hearings that he would not support changing “one damn comma,” though he indicated that he would listen to both sides’ testimony during the hearings.
Following the conclusion of the hearings, he authored legislation that would allow defendants who successfully used a “stand your ground” defense during their trial “to apply for a ‘certificate of eligibility’ to expunge information related to ‘stand your ground’ from their criminal records.” He brought the 2008 arrest for driving under the influence, arguing that his mistakes made him who he is and that publicly available mug shots “could be a problem for those unaccustomed to publicity.”
Matt Gaetz Florida Senate
In 2016, Matt Gaetz announced that he would run for the 1st District in the state senate that was held by his father, State Senator Don Gaetz, who was due to be term-limited out of the Senate in 2016. On March 21, 2016, he withdrew from the state race, choosing instead to run for the U.S. House seat representing Florida’s 1st congressional district; the incumbent, Jeff Miller, had announced eleven days earlier that he would not seek reelection.
On August 30, 2016, he won the Republican primary elections with 35.7% of the votes and defeating Greg Evers (21.5%), Cris Dosev (20.6%), and five other candidates. This effectively clinched the seat, because the 1st District is the most Republican in Florida, and one of the most Republican in the nation. In the November 8, 2016, general election, Gaetz defeated Democratic candidate Steven Specht with 69 percent of the vote
Matt Gaetz Committee
- Committee on Armed Services
- Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
- Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces
- Committee on the Budget
- Committee on the Judiciary
- Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet
- Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law
- Republican Study Committee
Matt Gaetz Political positions
He has been called “one of the most pro-gun members to have ever served in the Florida Legislature” by former NRA president Marion Hammer. he is a “Lifetime Member” of the NRA and has an A+ rating from the NRA its highest rating. He served in the Florida House of Representatives, he led an effort to allow Floridians with concealed-weapons permits to carry those weapons openly in public, which was ultimately unsuccessful.
In lobbying for the passage of the bill, Gaetz said that the open carry of weapons was a right “granted not by government but by God.” He supports Florida’s stand-your-ground law and supported legislation that strengthened it against legal challenges. Gaetz also supports concealed carry reciprocity.
Special Counsel investigation
Matt Gaetz Introduced the resolution in November 2017 for the calling of Robert Mueller to recuse himself as Special Counsel because of what were said to be conflicts of interest. In the resolution, he also asked for a Special Counsel investigation into the handling of the Hillary Clinton email controversy by the FBI, undue interference by Attorney General Loretta Lynch in the investigation, and the acquisition of Uranium One by the Russian state corporation Rosatom during Mueller’s time as FBI director.
He stated that he did not trust Mueller to lead the investigation because of Mueller’s alleged involvement in the approval of the Uranium One deal and Mueller’s close relationship with the dismissed FBI director James Comey, a probable person of interest in a proposed new investigation.
After Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan’s denial that he was aware of the sexual abuse of Ohio State University wrestlers during the period when Jordan was a coach there,he said that the allegations came from the people in the “Deep State” and were intended to reduce the credibility of Jordan’s criticism of Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections.
He supports the rescheduling cannabis of I drug to a Schedule of III drugs, enabling further research and expand the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. In 2015 he sponsored a House bill to expand Florida’s Right to Try Act to include medical marijuana. The bill as amended was approved by the governor in March 2016. In September 2017, Gaetz keynoted the American Medical Marijuana Physicians Association’s annual conference.
On February 23, 2017, he was worried about the protesters and disrupting the speaking at the town hall in Pace, Florida, that was prepared by what the staffers called “the ‘non-verbal town hall,’ reminiscent of a scene from the movie Love Actually. Gaetz printed out part of his speech onto giant boards that he would hold up if he was unable to get a word in.”
One of the signs that were prepared by him they had the words “Professional Liberal Protestors”. He arrived 30 minutes late to the town hall meeting, where he faced at least 500 constituents crowded into the Oops Bowling Alley. At the meeting, he was grilled about his relationship with Trump, his stance on repealing the Affordable Care Act, and his proposal to abolish the EPA.
He surprised the audience and got a round of applause when he said, “Absolutely, Donald Trump should release his tax returns.” But he stopped short of saying Congress should subpoena those returns. Gaetz closed his town hall by shouting “Make America Great Again” over roaring opposition from the crowd. He was described as one of the most enthusiastic defenders of President Trump on cable news” and a “proud Trump protege”
He supported the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. He also acknowledged that the bills should pass through the tax deduction and benefit President Trump, and, “but so many Americans benefit when commercial real estate becomes easier and more accessible.”
In 2016 he acknowledged the global warming but he said he disagrees with the scientific consensus on climate change that human activity is the primary cause. Gaetz said, “In the fervor to protect the environment, we lose sight of economic and scientific reality.” In April 2017, the Center for American Progress and Vice Media said Gaetz was a climate change denier, citing his 2016 statements.
In November 2017 he joined the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus. He also said, “I don’t think there’s a scientific debate left to be had on if it is happening. I also think history is going to judge very harshly climate change deniers, and I don’t want to be one of them.”
He said that he advocates technological innovation and economic incentives that address climate change, and increased federal funds for global warming research by NASA, NOAA, and universities, but that he remains to the opposed increase of the environmental regulation. In November 2017 he joined the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus. He said, “I don’t think there’s a scientific debate left to be had on if it is happening.
I also think history is going to judge very harshly climate change deniers, and I don’t want to be one of them.” He said that he advocates technological innovation and economic incentives that address climate change, and increased federal funds for global warming research by NASA, NOAA, and universities, but that he remains opposed to increased environmental regulation.
In October he said the Medicaid expansion fueled the opioid crisis. The PolitiFact rated the claim as the “mostly false”, noting that “experts were universal in saying that the evidence that Medicaid expansion is somehow fueling the opioid crisis doesn’t exist.
He opposes the sanctuary cities, which opt not to dedicate local law enforcement resources to prosecute people solely for being undocumented. Upon announcing his run for Congress in 2016, he also declared the illegal immigrants are “sucking us dry.” In January 2018 Gaetz defended an alleged controversial comment on Haiti by Trump, saying that Haiti was in a “disgusting” condition. In October 2018, he falsely claimed that George Soros paid for a caravan of migrants from Central America to the United States.
He as Floridas State Representative in 2015 he co-authored an amendment with Democratic Rep. Richardson to repeal the states 38-year old ban on gay adoption. The amendment was adopted and the larger adoption incentive bill (HB7013) passed the Florida House of Representatives on a 68-50 vote. The bill went to the Florida State Senate, where there was pressure by some of the conservative lawmakers who wanted the amendment taken out.
There, his father State Senator Don Gaetz led the bill to passage. He revealed that it was Matt who “sat him down” and gave him perspective on the bill as a younger person, urging that Republicans shouldn’t block it. The bill was signed by Governor Rick Scott later that year.
Issues and controversies
On July. August 2017 the issue was revealed in the Foreign Policy that was reported that Devin Murphy, a Gaetz legislative aide, had written a resolution that Gaetz brought to the House Judiciary Committee using primarily content from the Donald, “a pro-Trump subreddit notorious for both its embrace of conspiracy theories and its gleeful offensiveness.”
One of the allegations was that James Comey had leaked investigative matters to New York Times reporter Michael S. Schmidt, beginning when Schmidt would have been around 10 years old. In an email to Wired magazine, Gaetz said, “It is the responsibility of our staff to gather as much information as possible when researching a subject and provide that information for consideration.
We pride ourselves on seeking as much citizen input as possible. Donald posters’ suggestions are represented in “roughly two-thirds of the total finished amendment.” In January 2018 he invited the alt-right Holocaust denie. Charles C. “Chuck” Johnson to attend President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address.
He said that he had no “pre-existing” relationship with Johnson and only invited him to attend when Johnson showed up at his office, providing him the ticket which Gaetz’s father could not use due to his bronchitis. According to Johnson, he was invited by several members of Congress but “took Gaetz’s invitation” because “he’s into stuff on the issues that I care about.”
Drunk driving and traffic violations
He was arrested in 2008 for a DUI as he was driving back from the Swamp, a nightclub on Okaloosa Island, Florida. While he was arrested and refused to take a breathalyzer test, “he didn’t have his license suspended” Charges against him were dismissed. He has cited the dropped charges as proof that he was innocent. Between 1999 and 2014, he received 16 speeding tickets in Florida.
Matt Gaetz Endorsements
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