Congressman David Jolly, “an effective conservative who delivers results,” currently represents Florida’s 13th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives and is a candidate for Congress in 2016.
Congressman Jolly has spent his entire career working on behalf of the people of Pinellas County, from serving as a professional staff member in the U.S. Congress, to owning and operating several businesses in the Tampa Bay area representing Florida businesses, colleges and non-profits, to now serving as Pinellas County’s representative in Congress. A conservative Republican, Congressman Jolly was elected in a special election to fulfill the term of the late Congressman C.W. Bill Young in the 113th Congress and was subsequently re-elected in November 2014, winning with 75 percent of the vote in a district where President Obama has won twice.
Within weeks of being elected, Congressman Jolly fulfilled many campaign promises, including filing legislation to provide additional and more permanent flood insurance relief, improving health care and education choices for our veterans, extending the life of ongoing beach renourishment projects for Pinellas County, and providing for critical investments in transportation and infrastructure, healthcare research, and education. A fiscal hawk, Congressman Jolly successfully advanced these priorities while introducing bipartisan legislation to eliminate wasteful government spending and cap the total tax burden on individuals and families.
Throughout his time serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Jolly has also championed a secure border, fighting for one of the most conservative border security bills in years, and has fought for conservative principles like opposing the President’s plan in Syria and Iran, fighting to overturn regulations that cripple jobs and the economy, and introducing legislation to empower every American by repealing the individual mandate in Obamacare.
Congressman Jolly continues to deliver results for the people of Pinellas County and the State of Florida. When the Veterans Affairs crisis broke, it was Congressman Jolly who secured for the first time an admission by Department officials that negligence on behalf of VA officials contributed to the deaths of veterans. It was in the words of one national newscast, a ‘stunning development.’ When the President’s Administration suggested it may consider relinquishing our naval station on Guantanamo Bay back to the Cuban government, it was Congressman Jolly’s amendment that ensured no transfer could occur without Congressional approval. When some in Congress fought to repeal the ban on offshore oil drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico, it was Congressman. Jolly’s amendment that strengthened the ban and prohibited the Obama Administration from further studying expanded drilling. And when our recreational, commercial and charter boat fisherman expressed concerns about undue closures of our fisheries, it was Congressman Jolly who established a new pilot program to bring Florida’s fisherman to the table with regulators before any closure decision may occur.
Before his successful bid to represent Florida’s 13th Congressional District, Congressman Jolly served as a vice president of a Clearwater-based specialty finance firm, as well as chief executive officer of Pinellas County professional services company supporting life-cycle philanthropy of non-profits and individuals. Prior to that, Congressman Jolly created and owned multiple businesses, including a communications firm, a law firm and a consulting firm.
Congressman Jolly received his Bachelor of Arts in History from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. He then studied law in the evenings to earn a Juris Doctorate cum laude from the George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Va.
Congressman Jolly was born in Dunedin, Fla., and currently resides in Indian Shores with his wife, Laura.