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Congressman Gaetz Releases Statement on Las Vegas Shooting

October 2, 2017

Last night, Las Vegas suffered a terrible attack. A gunman opened fire on innocent people at a concert, killing many and injuring many more. As a nation, we are grateful for the response of law enforcement, first responders, and the brave men and women who risked their own safety in order to protect and assist…

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Gaetz Issues Statement on Becket’s Appeal to Kondrat’yev v. City of Pensacola

September 27, 2017

Congressman Gaetz has issued the following statement on Becket’s recently-filed appeal to Kondrat’yev v. City of Pensacola: Like many in Northwest Florida, I was upset at the July 3 court ruling that required the cross in Bayview Park to be taken down. The cross has brought happiness and solace to Northwest Floridians for 70 years,…

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Gaetz Tells NFL Tax Breaks to Take a Knee

September 26, 2017

Washington, DC — Today, Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL-1) became the lead sponsor of H.R. 296, the Pro Sports Act, a bill that ends the tax-exempt status of professional sports leagues. The NFL League Office has received a special tax carveout since 1966, when the tax code first listed “professional football leagues” as trade organizations. Though…

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Viewpoint: We need a foreign policy

July 12, 2016

I’ve served with more than two dozen veterans in the Florida Legislature. All are heroes who contributed to Florida’s pro-military laws. It’s why I was shocked and humbled recently when the Veterans of Foreign Wars & American Legion both honored me as their “Legislator of the Year.” I’m proud that the causes we championed together…

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Matt Gaetz meets petition requirement for 1st Congressional District

May 18, 2016

Matt Gaetz (R–Fort Walton Beach) announced this afternoon that he has qualified by petition in the race for Florida’s 1st Congressional District. “I want to thank the enthusiastic army of volunteers who helped us collect petition signatures across Northwest Florida. We are running a grassroots campaign, and by collecting thousands of petitions to qualify for…

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Gaetz issues debate challenge over Bayview Cross

May 16, 2016

Rep. Matt Gaetz’s congressional campaign today announced that the conservative Republican has challenged one of his Democratic opponents, Amanda Kondrat’yev, to debate whether the Bayview Park cross should be allowed to remain on public land. Kondrat’yev was one of four Pensacola citizens to have recently challenged the cross in federal court. “The Bayview Park Cross…

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Matt Gaetz kicks off U.S. House campaign with “Fight Washington” bus tour

April 23, 2016

Rep. Matt Gaetz knows voters are angry. He’s angry too. Invective against “spineless politicians” and “lawless bureaucrats” peppered the Ft. Walton Beach Republican’s campaign kick off tour around Northwest Florida on Saturday. The 33-year-old lawmaker is seeking to succeed U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, whose announced retirement from Congress has set off a chain reaction of electoral maneuvering across…

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FL Chamber honors Rep. Matt Gaetz

March 31, 2016

Just weeks after lawmakers ended the 2016 Legislative Session, the Florida Chamber today announced that Representative Matt Gaetz (R-Shalimar) is one of the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Distinguished Advocates for his commitment to championing pro-jobs, pro-business legislation. “Representative Matt Gaetz developed the Florida House’s $1 billion targeted tax cut package, which included Florida Chamber…

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Gov. Scott Signs Medical Marijuana Expansion Bill Into Law

March 25, 2016

Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed a bill (HB 307) that would expand the state’s Right to Try Act to include medical marijuana. The expansion means that terminally ill patients will now be able to use medical marijuana during their final days. Under the bill, which was sponsored by Fleming Island Republican Sen. Rob…

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Matt Gaetz announces run for Congress

March 22, 2016

State Representative Matt Gaetz, R – Fort Walton Beach, has announced that he will run for Florida’s 1st Congressional District after Congressman Jeff Miller announced he would not seek re-election. “Washington’s failures have left the American people with trillions in debt, illegal immigrants sucking us dry, and attacks from Muslim terrorists rising,” Gaetz said. “While I planned…