Ginny Brown-Waite

Ginny Brown-Waite
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 5th district
In office
January 3, 2003 - January 3, 2011
Preceded byKaren Thurman
Succeeded byRich Nugent
Personal details
Born(1943-10-05) October 5, 1943 (age 73)
Albany, New York, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Daniel Brown (Divorced)
Harvey Waite (Deceased)
Alma materEmpire State College
Russell Sage College


Virginia “Ginny” Brown-Waite (given birth to Oct 5, 1943) may be the former U.S. Representative for Florida’s 5th congressional region, offering from 2003 until 2011. She actually is a member from the Republican Party and a creator of Maggie’s List. The region stretches along several counties in western and central Florida, including territory in the metropolitan section of Tampa Bay.

Early life, education, and career

Brown-Waite was created in Albany, NY seeing that Virginia Frances Kniffen, and graduated in 1976 using a BS in Interdisciplinary Research at Empire Condition College, State School of NY (Northeast Middle). She gained a master's level in public areas administration from Russell Sage University. She served being a staffer in the brand new York Condition Senate, eventually increasing to legislative movie director. She transferred to Brooksville, Florida, in the 1980s.

Florida Legislature

After serving one term being a county commissioner in Hernando State, Florida, Brown-Waite was elected towards the Florida Condition Senate being a Republican from Hernando State. She offered as Senate Bulk Whip from 1999 to 2000, and was elected leader pro tempore from the Condition Senate in 2000.Brown-Waite provides expressed support for the loss of life charges. She says she thought she found "a note" inside a nosebleed experienced by loss of life row inmate Allen Lee Davis during his execution on July 8, 1999. Brown-Waite, who noticed in the bloodstream the shape of the cross, believes it either indicated Davis got made peacefulness with God, or it had been a note from God providing his blessing towards the execution.

U.S. House of Representatives

Committee assignments

Committee on Methods Subcommittee on Wellness Subcommittee on Public Security

Caucus memberships

Co-Chair from the Unexploded Ordnance Caucus


Since getting into Congress, Brown-Waite has garnered an eternity ranking of 90 from your American Conservative Union.However, she's broken with her party on the few events. She criticized George W. Bush for fielding queries from hand-picked crowds. "Without a doubt the difference between a GWB town-hall conference – George W. Bush – and a GBW – Ginny Brown-Waite – town-hall getting together with: I don't weight the target audience with simply the choir," she once stated. She was among five Republicans who voted against a expenses to provide Terri Schiavo's parents the proper to sue in federal government court to maintain her alive (Schiavo's house was situated in the 5th). She actually is an associate of Republican organizations such as for example Christine Todd Whitman's It's My Party As well, Mike Castle's Republican Primary Street Partnership, as well as the Wish List.Brown-Waite's district offers among the highest concentrations of retirees in the united states. In early 2005, she described the current Sociable Security system like a "Ponzi plan". Nevertheless, she was skeptical from the president's proposal for personal accounts, stating that he hadn't carried out a good work of offering it to elderly people.On April 6, 2005, Brown-Waite introduced the Jessica Lunsford Act, called for Jessica Lunsford, a nine-year-old from her district who was simply kidnapped, raped, and murdered in Homosassa, Florida, by John Couey. The costs, modeled following the Florida rules from the same name, got the goals to punish sex offenders and decrease their capability to re-offend. It got 107 cosponsors and was described a subcommittee of the home Judiciary Committee, nonetheless it was under no circumstances voted upon (either by any committee or the entire Congress), and it passed away when the 109th Congress finally adjourned.On Iraq, after reviews that Brown-Waite works with the withdrawal of U.S. soldiers within a season, her spokesman stated within an e-mail that "it had been removed from context" which "she stated that if the Iraqis didn't function toward troop and law enforcement deadlines, after that Congress would place pressure in it to take action with the risk of denying money for reconstruction and perhaps withdrawing some soldiers." He also stated that Brown-Waite would support "a properly-worded quality" that could help with a no-confidence vote in Congress for Secretary of Protection Donald Rumsfeld (who resigned in 2007).Brown-Waite voted against an amendment that could have take off funding for Planned Parenthood and various other family preparation organizations.Brown-Waite is a staunch advocate of the federal government prohibition of internet poker. In 2006, she backed H.R. 4411, the Goodlatte-Leach Internet Playing Prohibition Work In 2008, she compared H.R. 5767, the Payment Systems Security Act (a costs that sought to put a moratorium on enforcement from the Unlawful Internet Playing Enforcement Act as the U.S. Treasury Section and the Government Reserve described "unlawful Internet betting").An ardent opposition of weapon control, Brown-Waite is well known for proudly carrying a weapon when she actually is home surviving in the 5th district. She suggested the American Heroes Repatriation Take action, to go American troops buried in France and Belgium back again to america., along the way angering French officials and constituents.She also caused a controversy when, commenting around the economic-stimulus bundle proposed by Chief executive Bush in early 2008, she described the individuals of Puerto Rico and Guam while "foreign residents" (if they are, actually, Americans and nationals, respectively). She's since clarified those feedback with articles around the Orlando Sentinel.On Sept 29, 2008, Brown-Waite voted against the Emergency Economic Stabilization Take action of 2008, and in addition voted against the amended version that was enacted.THE HOME version from the American Recovery and Investment Act was offered January 28, 2009. Brown-Waite was the just Republican to avoid voting. All the 177 Home Republicans voted against the Take action.

Mark Foley scandal

In Sept 2006, Brown-Waite was told about an incident from 2003 or 2004 when an apparently inebriated Tag Foley had tried to get usage of the webpages' dormitory. On Sept 28, 2006, an improper e-mail that Foley delivered was published on's "The Blotter". Brown-Waite released her own analysis and alerted Republican management on Sept 29 both on the subject of the dorm event and about webpages who was simply made to experience unpleasant by Foley. Foley resigned that day time as well as the scandal erupted that night with news from the lurid quick messages he previously sent former webpages.

Political campaigns


The 5th Area have been represented by Democrat Karen Thurman since its formation in 1993. Following the 2000 Census, the Republican-controlled Florida legislature redrew the 5th to become more friendly to Republicans. Generally the brand new 5th overlapped Brown-Waite's condition senate area. Brown-Waite received a narrow triumph in November 2002 over Thurman regardless of the unfavorable promotion that arrived in Oct when police captured her husband, previous New York condition trooper Harvey Waite, stealing pro-Thurman yard signs.


Brown-Waite was re-elected in 2004 with 66% from the vote against lawyer Robert Whittel.


Brown-Waite was re-elected to another term in 2006, receiving 59% from the vote against Democrat John Russell.


Brown-Waite was re-elected to a 4th term in 2008, receiving 61% from the vote against Democrat John Russell.Property O' Lakes Republican Jim Ruler joined the competition like a conservative applicant, attacking the average Congresswoman from the proper on issues of national protection, immigration, taxation, and helping the soldiers, which is among Brown-Waite's signature problems. He also produced an charm to traditional Christian major voters. In the 1st three fundraising quarters, Ruler elevated $40,000, a quantity dwarfed from the $176,000 Brown-Waite elevated throughout that period, but still huge plenty of for King's marketing campaign to have started running regional radio advertisements nine month before primary day time. Three Democrats announced their candidacies: 2006 nominee John Russell, H. David Werder and Carol Castagnero. Castagnero positioned third in the Democratic major for Governor in 2006 and got 40% from the vote against Condition Senator Paula Dockery in 2004. John Russell was the Democratic nominee in the overall Election against Ginny Brown-Waite in 2006.On November 26, 2007, it had been reported that after many years of hosting city hall conferences on the problem and getting in touch with for complete hearing for the implications from the FAIR Taxes, Brown-Waite had endorsed the FairTax proposal on Sept 24. Ruler accused her of just changing her position due to his support for this.


On Apr 30, Brown-Waite announced she'll be retiring by the end of her current term. Inside a declaration, she cited long-running health issues, especially with her pancreas. Brown-Waite offers endorsed Hernando Region sheriff Richard B. Nugent mainly because her successor.


Brown-Waite considered operating for regional office in 2012.

Notable statements

Feb 15, 2007: "Git-R-Done" Throughout a Feb 15 floor controversy on US involvement in Iraq, Brown-Waite invoked Larry the Wire Man and professed the next: "In the South, we've an excellent saying and it is going such as this: Get ‘er completed. Our soldiers need to get it completed and get back, and our Chief executive wants a similar thing, which Congress should demand the very same thing. Allow’s obtain out there and obtain ‘er completed."

See also

Women in america Home of Representatives