About Us

Get the Word Out

Mission Statement

The Republican Party of Florida will promote the principles upon which our nation and our state were founded: freedom, liberty, personal responsibility, and accountability. We will advocate fiscally-sound, common-sense solutions that will promote job and economic growth, provide the best education to our children, and create a path to prosperity for Florida and America. Members of the Republican Party of Florida will be united by these principles and will work to elect Floridians with integrity who will work to enact such solutions. We will seek to be the most effective state party in the nation and serve as a model for other party organizations.

Overview & History

“You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children’s children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done.”
– President Ronald Reagan, October 27, 1964

The Republican Party of Florida has a long and proud history. Our roots run deep, with a foundation built on the core principles of lower taxes, less government, and more freedom. For well over a decade, the Republican-led Legislature in the State of Florida has focused on innovative ideas to make revolutionary gains in our education system, keep our communities safe, and protect our most vulnerable citizens. Our work, however, started long before that:

  • 1867 Official birth of the Republican Party of Florida
  • 1868 Constitutional Convention meets, Harrison Reed is elected as Florida’s first Republican Governor
  • 1873 Marcellus Lovejoy Stearns is named Florida’s first Republican Senate President
  • 1966 Claude Kirk elected first Republican Governor since 1872
  • 1987 Bob Martinez sworn in as Governor, marking an end to over 20 years of Democrat leadership in state government
  • 1992 Ander Crenshaw becomes the first Republican Senate President since Reconstruction
  • 1994 Republicans gain control of the Senate; Jim Scott is the first Republican Senate President that serves a full two-year term
  • 1996 Republicans gain a majority in the Florida House, the first time since 1874; Toni Jennings becomes the first Republican woman Senate President; Daniel Webster becomes the first Republican Speaker since Reconstruction; for the second cycle in a row, no incumbent Republican state legislator loses reelection
  • 1998 Jeb Bush is elected Governor, and for the first time ever, Florida enjoys a Republican Legislature, Cabinet, and Executive Branch
  • 2000 John McKay becomes Senate President and Tom Feeney becomes House Speaker
  • 2002 Floridians reelect a Republican Governor for the first time in state history and Senator Jim King becomes Senate President
  • 2002 Johnnie Byrd is elected House Speaker
  • 2003 Former Senate President Toni Jennings, who served a historic two-term presidency, becomes Florida’s 16th Lieutenant Governor, the first woman to hold the office in state history
  • 2004 Tom Lee becomes Senate President and Allan Bense becomes House Speaker
  • 2004 Floridians elect Mel Martinez to the United States Senate, where he becomes the only Cuban-American immigrant to serve in the Senate
  • 2007 Marco Rubio, the first Cuban-American to serve as Speaker of the Florida House, and Senate President Ken Pruitt continue to lead their chambers
  • 2008 U.S. Senator John McCain wins the Florida Presidential Preference Primary
  • 2010 State Senator John Thrasher is elected Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida; Rick Scott wins the race for governor, allowing Republicans to retain control of the governor’s office for 16 straight years, while his running mate, Jennifer Carroll, becomes the first African American woman to serve as Lt. Governor in the state of Florida; Marco Rubio is elected to the U.S. Senate; Republicans sweep elections for all three cabinet positions and reclaim super majorities in the state Senate and state House
  • 2011 (January) Dave Bitner is elected Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, Lenny Curry is elected Vice Chairman, and RPOF National Committeewoman Sharon Day is elected Co-Chair of the Republican National Committee
  • 2011 (September) Chairman Dave Bitner, after a heroic battle against Lou Gehrig’s Disease, passes away; Chairman Bitner served with distinction to the end, and before his passing, he announces his desire to see Vice Chairman Lenny Curry elected to serve as the next Chairman; Chairman Lenny Curry is unanimously elected, again showing the unifying spirit of Dave Bitner
  • 2011 (September) RPOF hosts Presidency 5, an activist event in Orlando where leading Republican presidential contenders participate in a nationally-televised debate and headline-making straw poll. P5 sets the path for Florida Republicans to play a crucial role in returning a Republican to the White House in 2012
  • 2012 Governor Mitt Romney wins the Florida Presidential Preference Primary; Don Gaetz becomes Senate President and Will Weatherford becomes House Speaker
  • 2013 2013: Chairman Lenny Curry is re-elected to lead the Republican Party of Florida