On the heels of House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) announcing that he is not seeking re-election to Congress, four-term Florida Rep. Dennis Ross (R-Lakeland) also made public his plans to retire from elective politics. He becomes the 62nd House member to retire, resign, or seek a different office.
Florida’s 15th District lies due east of Tampa, traveling along the Interstate 4 corridor from suburban Brandon to the anchor city of Lakeland. The district then turns north and moves almost to Lake Apopka near Orlando. Mr. Ross succeeded Republican Adam Putnam who was elected Agriculture Commissioner in 2010, and is now a major candidate for Governor. The 15th plays as a reliably Republican district. President Trump carried the seat by 10 points in his presidential election, 53-43%. Both Mitt Romney and John McCain registered 52-47% spreads. Rep. Ross’ surprise retirement means it will be a few days before we see potential candidates coming forward.
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