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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…