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Candidates for Florida Senate, District 12

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Kevin Ambler

Jim Norman

College Degrees

Cornell University
Bachelor of Arts Degree, Economics and Business
(4-yr Air Force ROTC Scholarship.)


Southwestern University School of Law
Juris Doctorate Degree.

(Source: Candidate Bio.)


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Military Service

U.S. Air Force, Judge Advocate (JAG)
22 years combined Active Duty and Reserves - MacDill AFB

(Source: Candidate Bio.)


(Source: Candidate Bio.)

Civic/Community Organizations

  • Past President, Board of Trustees Northdale Special Dependent District
  • Military Officers Association of America
  • American Legion
  • Carrollwood Area Business Association
  • Rotary
  • Sertoma
  • Carrollwood Cultural Center
  • Gasparilla Film Festival Advisory Board
  • Florida Tourism Commission
  • National Rifle Association

(Source: Candidate Bio.)


(Source: Candidate Bio.)

State Legislative Experience

Florida House of Representatives
Elected 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008

  • Chair, Public Safety & Domestic Security Policy Committee
  • Vice Chair, Government Accountability Act Council
  • Government Operations Appropriations Committee
  • Governmental Affairs Policy Committee
  • Joint Legislative Sunset Committee
  • Policy Council
  • Chair, Health Care Appropriations Committee
  • Vice Chairman, Health Care Regulation Policy Committee
  • Civil Justice & Courts Policy Committee
  • Criminal & Civil Justice Policy Council
  • Full Appropriations Council on General Government & Health Care
  • Health and Family Services Policy Council
  • Joint Legislative Budget Commission
  • Rules & Calendar Council
  • Select Joint Advisory Committee on Title Insurance
  • Co-Chair, Joint Legislative Sunset Committee
  • Committee on Courts
  • Committee on Education Innovation and Career Preparation
  • Committee on Utilities and Telecommunications
  • Policy & Budget Council
  • Vice Chairman, Military and Veteransí Affairs Committee
  • Colleges and Universities Committee
  • Health Care Appropriations Committee
  • Judiciary Committee
  • Vice Chairman, Subcommittee on Tourism
  • Business Regulation
  • Commerce
  • Judiciary
  • Joint Legislative Auditing
  • Local Government & Veteransí Affairs
  • Select Committee on Floridaís Economic Future
  • Select Committee on National Defense & Space Related Economic Development
  • Subcommittee on Energy
  • Subcommittee on Health Appropriations
  • Subcommittee on Veteransí and Military Affairs

(Source: Candidate Bio.)


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Professional and Business Experience

Special Assistant U.S. Attorney

Small business owner, law offices & retail stationery business

(Source: Candidate Bio.)

Lobbyist/Comptroller employee
for Salvation Army

Hillsborough County Commissioner

(Source: Candidate Bio.)

Helped Create Jobs?

In 2010, Ambler co-sponsored bills to save thousands of aero-space industry jobs and create thousands of transit industry jobs.

In 2009, under Ambler's leadership, a major film company was recruited to Florida that will create over 6000 high wage jobs with more than a $450 million economic impact.

(Source: Floridaís Office of Tourism, Trade, and Economic Development.)

From 2007-2010, under Normanís leadership, the Tampa Bay area lost 139,000 jobs (more than 10% of its workforce).

In 2010, unemployment in the area has reached 12.8% (the highest since the Great Depression).

(Source: State of Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation.)

Reduced the Budget?

Ambler co-sponsored bill to cap local tax increases to reign in out of control county spending, forcing Hillsborough County to decrease its 2008-2010 budget for first time in 18 years.

(Sources: Legislative records, BOCC budgets.)

Norman voted for county budgets that increased every year from 1992-2008.

The county budget from 2006 to 2008 increased 17.3%.

(Source: BOCC budgets.)

Lowered Taxes?

Eliminated a tax on your savings by axing the Intangible tax .

Co-sponsored bill for back-to-school sales tax holiday.

Spearheaded the Florida Constitutional Amendment to double the homestead property exemption.

(Sources: Legislative records, BOCC budgets.)

Supported a 1/2 cent sales tax for indigent health care in Hillsborough County (with no citizenship verification).

Led effort for 1/2 cent sales tax increase to build a stadium.

(Source: BOCC records; St. Petersburg Times.)

The choice is clear: It’s not just experience… It’s the right experience that matters!

Political advertisement paid for and approved by Kevin Ambler, Republican, for State Senate, District 12.

The American Legion Reserve Officers Association National Rifle Association Military Officers Association of America