Florida's Freshman Lawmakers
Meet Florida's new crop of senators and house representatives. Each profile includes party, district, net worth and notable news.
Jake Raburn (R), 27, marketing director, Hinton Farms Produce
District 57 — part of Hillsborough County
Net Worth: (-$51,564)
Notable: After graduating from the University of Florida, Raburn worked for two years as a marketing specialist at the Florida Department of Citrus before joining his wife’s family farming operation.
Kevin Rader (D), 44, insurance agent
District 81 — part of Palm Beach County
Net Worth: $913,975
Notable: Rader served in the House from 2008-10.
Ricardo Rangel (D), 35, business consultant
District 43 — part of Osceola County
Net Worth: (-$25,000)
Notable: Rangel, a 12-year Army veteran, is a former Osceola County organizer who helped organize Osceola and drum up support in the Puerto Rican community for John Kerry’s presidential campaign in 2004.
Holly Raschein (R), 32, consultant/former senior legislative aide
District 120 — Monroe County and part of Miami-Dade County
Net Worth: $4,000
Notable: Raschein assumes the seat of her former boss, former House Democratic Leader Ron Saunders, who lost his bid for the Florida Senate in 2012.
Dan Raulerson (R), 55, certified public accountant
District 58 — part of Hillsborough County
Net Worth: $1.2 million
Notable: Raulerson is a former Plant City commissioner and served two years as the mayor of Plant City until June, when he stepped down to focus on his House bid.
David Richardson (D), 55, accountant
District 113 — part of Miami-Dade County
Net Worth: $3.5 million
Notable: Richardson, who faced no opposition after winning his Democratic primary, is one of Florida’s first two openly gay state legislators, both elected in 2012.
Ray Rodrigues (R), 42, budget manager, Florida Gulf Coast University
District 76 — part of Lee County
Net Worth: $14,927
Notable: Rodrigues, who serves as vice chairman of the Lee County Republican Party, faced no challengers on the November general election ballot.
Jose Javier Rodriguez
Jose Javier Rodriguez (D), 34, attorney
District 112 — part of Miami-Dade County
Net Worth: (-$22,543)
Notable: Rodriguez, a Harvard Law School graduate who served in the Peace Corps in Senegal, defeated veteran Republican lawmaker Alex Diaz de la Portilla.
David Santiago (R), 41, financial adviser/Army veteran
District 27 — part of Volusia County
Net Worth: $92,724
Notable: Santiago served as a Deltona city commissioner from 2003-07.
Joe Saunders (D), 29, community organizer
District 49 — part of Orange County
Net Worth: $21,727
Notable: Saunders, a graduate of the University of Central Florida, is one of Florida’s first two openly gay state legislators, both elected in 2012. As a field director with Equality Florida, Saunders worked on the unsuccessful campaign to defeat Florida’s anti-gay “Marriage Protection Amendment” and more recently served as campaign manager for Equality is Gainesville’s Business, a successful campaign to defeat an anti-gay charter amendment in Gainesville.
Next page, meet more new members of Florida's House.