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Business Group Endorses Bilirakis


U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis is running for reelection to District 12 in the U.S. House of Representatives.

TALLAHASSEE – The Associated Industries of Florida board of directors has endorsed Gus Bilirakis, who is running for his seventh term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Bilirakis was one of16 Congressional candidates from across Florida that the AIF endorsed Thursday (Aug. 2).

“Today, the AIF Board of Directors is proud to release our endorsements for those candidates here in Florida that we believe will best serve Florida businesses and families in the U.S. House of Representatives,” AIF President and CEO Tom Feeney said.  “We believe these individuals are the most qualified candidates in their respective races to take our pro-growth, pro-job and free-enterprise message to Washington to continue to make Florida a top state in the nation to live, work and raise a family.”

Feeney added, “We strongly encourage our fellow Floridians to vote to send these candidates to Washington to fight for Florida. Our businesses and families can count on these individuals to foster a business-friendly environment our future generations can rely on.”  

Known as “the Voice of Florida Business” in the Sunshine State, the AIF has represented the principles of prosperity and free enterprise before the three branches of state government since 1920. A voluntary association of diversified businesses, AIF was created to foster an economic climate in Florida conducive to the growth, development, and welfare of industry and business and the people of the state.

Bilirakis was first elected to Congress in 2007. He currently serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee and is vice-chair of the House Committee of Veterans’€™ Affairs.

Bilirakis said he works in a bipartisan manner to control federal spending, create jobs for middle class Americans, lower taxes, and seeks ways to make government smaller and more efficient. He said he is committed to strengthening homeland security, improving education, increasing access to quality health care, protecting veterans’€™ benefits, and ensuring the long-term viability of Social Security and Medicare.

Bilirakis represents Florida’s 12th Congressional District, which includes all of Pasco County and the northern portions of Pinellas and Hillsborough counties.

Bilirakis, a Repubican, has no opposition in the Aug. 28 primary. In the Nov. 6 general election, he will face the winner of the Democratic primary and Angelika Purkis, who has no party affiliation.

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