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Congressman Dennis Ross

Congressman Dennis Ross

Without strong, unwavering support from our elected officials in Congress, Florida citrus would not have been successful obtaining $125 million in research funding as part of the 2014 Farm Bill. We certainly received that type of support from Congressman Ross.

A Lakeland native who has been a member of the United States House of Representatives since 2011, Ross has been active in Polk County politics since 1990. He began his political career as President of the Greater Lakeland Young Republicans and two years later he was elected Chairman of the Polk County Republican Executive Committee. In 2000, an overwhelming majority of voters elected Ross to the Florida House of Representatives. He served there until term-limited in 2008.

In addition to politics, Ross has been highly successful in the private sector. His broad business knowledge has helped craft policy decisions in both Tallahassee and Washington.

As a young man, Ross worked in the micro-computer industry selling and installing computer systems throughout the Eastern United States. Ross is also an attorney having worked for Holland & Knight, Walt Disney World and his own firm before he had to divest himself when he became a member of Congress.

Ross has been an active supporter of citrus and agriculture in general since day one in office. He insisted the Farm Bill included dedicated citrus research funding, even stating he would not vote for the entire Farm Bill if it did not contain this provision. He is one of Florida’s 14 Congressmen who voted in favor of the bill. He has also been tireless in his efforts to craft a workable guest worker program for farmers.

In November, Congressman Ross will run for his third term against one other candidate vying for the spot. Florida Citrus Mutual is in full support of Congressman Ross and encourages all FCM members in his District to vote for him. To learn more about the Congressman, go to http://dennisross.house.gov/