To help inform voters ahead of the 2018 elections, the Editorial Board of TCPalm/Treasure Coast Newspapers is asking candidates in local, state and national races to fill out this questionnaire. Here are the unedited answers:
Date of birth: December 18, 1947
City of residence: Rockledge
Political party: Republican
Office you’re running for: U.S. House of Representatives District 8
Educational background: AA Eastern Florida State College
Current occupation and work history:
- Member of Congress.
- Former member of Florida House & Senate
- Founder and president of Posey & Co. Realtors since 1978
Volunteer and civic engagement:
Kiwanis Club (President & Legion of Honor) School Academic & Vocational Committees, Quarterback Club (12th Man Award), Civic Association President, Civilian-Military Relations Council, American Cancer Society (Director), Methodist Church Trustee, Youth Fellowship Leader, Miss Softball & Little League (Coach), Financial sponsor of over 100 teams, leagues or other youth programs.
Why are you running for office?
I’m running for office to use my experience to serve our community and bring much needed accountability to the federal government. That is the reason a Washington newspaper nick-named me “Mr. Accountability.”
I strongly believe we need to keep this economy moving by pursuing policies that make our country more competitive and that continue creating jobs and opportunities.
Together we have worked hard to make the restoration of our Indian River Lagoon a top priority and I pledge to continue to do so.
We need a strong Space Program, a health care system that works, energy independence, and a national defense that will keep Americans safe. Accountability also means keeping our promises to our Seniors and Veterans.
What would be your top priority during your first year in office? Explain
I plan to continue the work we have been doing. We formed the first bipartisan congressional estuary caucus to fight for our estuaries and educate congress. We will continue to work through this group to advance initiatives to help our lagoon and protect our environment. Also, I will continue to fight for our space program, ensure NASA remains on track with a bold mission and that our commercial space companies have the tools they need to compete.
I would also like to build upon the reforms I passed to make congress more transparent by changing the way bills are written so Members and the public can read and comprehend what’s being voted on.
What distinguishes you from your opponents in this race?
For most of my adult life I have been an active member of our community, serving and volunteering in all kinds of local causes, efforts and organizations that benefit others. I believe this experience has enabled me to understand the needs of our community and best serve my constituents.
Have you ever filed for bankruptcy? If yes, please explain.