Charlie Crist

United States Representative from 2017 to 2022

Charles Joseph "Charlie" Crist Jr. (/ˈkrɪst/; born July 24, 1956) is an American attorney and politician. As a member of the Democratic Party, he previously served as a U.S. representative from Florida's 13th congressional district from 2017 to 2022. Crist also served as the 44th governor of Florida from 2007 to 2011.[1]

Charlie Crist
Permanent Representative of the United States to the International Civil Aviation Organization
Assuming office
Pending Senate confirmation
PresidentJoe Biden
SucceedingSully Sullenberger
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 13th district
In office
January 3, 2017 – August 31, 2022
Preceded byDavid Jolly
Succeeded byAnna Paulina Luna
44th Governor of Florida
In office
January 2, 2007 – January 4, 2011
LieutenantJeff Kottkamp
Preceded byJeb Bush
Succeeded byRick Scott
35th Attorney General of Florida
In office
January 7, 2003 – January 2, 2007
GovernorJeb Bush
Preceded byRichard E. Doran
Succeeded byBill McCollum
21st Education Commissioner of Florida
In office
January 3, 2001 – January 7, 2003
GovernorJeb Bush
Preceded byTom Gallagher
Succeeded byJim Horne
Member of the Florida Senate
from the 20th district
In office
November 3, 1992 – November 3, 1998
Preceded byConstituency redistricted
Succeeded byJim Sebesta
Personal details
Born
Charles Joseph Crist Jr.

(1956-07-24) July 24, 1956 (age 67)
Altoona, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic (since 2012)
Other political
affiliations
Independent (2010–2012)
Republican (before 2010)
Spouse(s)
Amanda Morrow
(m. 1979; div. 1980)

(m. 2008; div. 2017)
EducationWake Forest University
Florida State University (BA)
Samford University (JD)
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Political career (1992—2022)

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Member of the Florida Senate (1992–1998)

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In 1991, he was elected to the Florida Senate and later assumed the duties as the member of the state senate.

Crist served as an member of the senate from 1992 until his term ended in 1998.[2]

Education Commissioner of Florida (2001–2003)

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In 2000, he announced his candidacy for education commissioner of the state and assumed office in January 2001. He won the general election in November 2000 and assumed the office and duties as the education commissioner.[3]

Crist served as the education commissioner of the state from 2001 until his term ended in January 2003.

Attorney General of Florida (2003–2007)

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In 2001, he announced his candidacy for attorney general of the state. He won the election in November 2001, and assumed the office as the 35th attorney general of the state on January 7, 2003.

Crist served as the attorney general from 2003 until his term ended in January 2007.[4]

Governor of Florida (2007–2011)

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In 2006, Crist announced his candidacy to succeed term limited governor Jeb Bush. He won the election in November 2006, and was sworn in as the 44th Governor of Florida on January 2, 2007.

Crist served as the governor of Florida from 2007 until his term ended in January 2011.[5]

United States Representative (2017–2022)

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During his early political career, he was formerly a Republican, and later registered as an Independent for two years, until he registered as a member of the Democratic Party in 2012.[6]

In October 2015, he decided to run as a U.S. representative for Florida 13th congressional district.[7]

In November 2016, he won the election and later assumed the office and duties as a state representative.

Crist served from 2017 until he resigned in August 2022.[8][9][10]

Gubernatorial campaigns

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In 2013, he announced his candidacy for a non-consecutive term to succeed then-governor Rick Scott. Crist chosen state congresswoman. Annette Taddeo as his running mate for lieutenant governor.

In August 2014, he won the democratic primary and nomination.

In November 2014, he lost the election to incumbent governor Rick Scott.[11][12]

In mid April 2021, Crist officially announced on a news interview, his candidacy for governor again to non-consecutive term to unseat Ron DeSantis.[13][14]

Crist chosen schoolteacher, Karla Hernandez-Mats as his running mate for lieutenant governor.[15][16]

In August 2022, he had officially won the democratic primary and nomination.[17][18][19][20][21]

On November 8. 2022, he lost the election to incumbent governor Ron DeSantis and also defeated in a landslide victory margin.[22][23][24]

Ambassadorship nomination

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On June 7, 2023, the White House announced that President Joe Biden had nominated Crist for the position of United States Ambassador to the International Civil Aviation Organization, a United Nations agency.[25][26]

Marriage and personal life

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Crist was married to Amando Marrow for only a year until they divorced in 1980. He remarried Carole Rome in 2008 and was married for nine years until they divorced in 2017.

While campaigning for governor in 2022, he revealed that he is engaged to a woman named Chelsea Brimes. Crist now officially has six stepchildren with his fiancee.

References

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  1. "Charlie Crist". National Governors Association. Retrieved 2022-12-12.
  2. "Charlie Crist". National Governors Association. Retrieved 2022-12-12.
  3. "Charlie Crist". National Governors Association. Retrieved 2022-12-12.
  4. "Charlie Crist". National Governors Association. Retrieved 2022-12-12.
  5. "Charlie Crist". National Governors Association. Retrieved 2022-12-12.
  6. FARRINGTON, TAMARA LUSH and BRENDAN. "Charlie Crist back in the political ring, running for Congress". The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved 2022-12-12.
  7. FARRINGTON, TAMARA LUSH and BRENDAN. "Charlie Crist back in the political ring, running for Congress". The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved 2022-12-12.
  8. "Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives". clerk.house.gov. Retrieved 2022-12-12.
  9. Contorno, Steve (2022-08-31). "Crist to resign from Congress as race for Florida governor heats up | CNN Politics". CNN. Retrieved 2022-12-12.
  10. Dixon, Matt. "Charlie Crist resigns from Congress as race for Florida governor ramps up". POLITICO. Retrieved 2022-12-12.
  11. Parti, Tarini. "Scott staves off Crist in Florida". POLITICO. Retrieved 2022-12-12.
  12. Killough, Ashley (2014-11-05). "Charlie Crist calls Rick Scott to concede Florida race | CNN Politics". CNN. Retrieved 2022-12-12.
  13. "PolitiFact | Charlie Crist". www.politifact.com. Retrieved 2022-12-12.
  14. "Charlie Crist for Governor". Charlie Crist for Governor. Archived from the original on 2023-03-11. Retrieved 2022-12-12.
  15. "Karla Hernandez". Charlie Crist for Governor. Archived from the original on 2022-12-12. Retrieved 2022-12-12.
  16. "Crist selects his running mate: Teachers union leader Karla Hernandez-Mats". WUSF Public Media. 2022-08-28. Retrieved 2022-12-12.
  17. "Florida primary: Crist wins Democratic gubernatorial contest". AP NEWS. 2022-08-23. Retrieved 2022-12-12.
  18. "Florida: Charlie Crist wins Democratic primary to challenge Ron DeSantis". the Guardian. 2022-08-24. Retrieved 2022-12-12.
  19. Hatter, Lynn (2022-08-23). "Democrat Charlie Crist to face Ron DeSantis in Florida race for governor". NPR. Retrieved 2022-12-12.
  20. "Crist cruises to primary victory in Florida, but Democrats are 'fatalistic' about defeating DeSantis". NBC News. Retrieved 2022-12-12.
  21. Mazzei, Patricia (2022-08-24). "Florida Democrats Pick Charlie Crist to Face Gov. Ron DeSantis". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-12-12.
  22. Kennedy, John. "Charlie Crist was swamped by a powerful DeSantis: Was this his last run for office?". Tallahassee Democrat. Retrieved 2022-12-12.
  23. Stiles, Andrew (2022-11-09). "Charlie Crist Defends Historic Triple Crown Title". Washington Free Beacon. Retrieved 2022-12-12.
  24. "Videos". FOX 35 Orlando. 2022-11-09. Retrieved 2022-12-12.
  25. "President Biden Announces Key Nominees". The White House. 7 June 2023. Retrieved 9 June 2023.
  26. "Former Rep. Crist nominated for ambassador post". News4JAX.com. June 8, 2023. Retrieved 8 June 2023.

Official websites

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