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Dennis K. Baxley

Dennis Baxley
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 23rd district
Assumed office
November 20, 2012
Preceded by Charles Chestnut IV
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 24th district
In office
November 16, 2010 – November 20, 2012
Preceded by Kurt Kelly
Succeeded by Travis Hutson
In office
November 21, 2000 – June 26, 2007
Preceded by George Albright
Succeeded by Kurt Kelly
Personal details
Born (1952-08-22) August 22, 1952
Ocala, Florida
Political party Republican
Alma mater Central Florida Community College (A.A.)
Florida State University (B.S.)
Miami-Dade Community College (A.S.)
Profession Funeral home director
Religion Southern Baptist

Dennis K. Baxley (born August 22, 1952) is a Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 23rd District, which includes eastern Marion County, since 2012, and previously representing the 24th District from 2000 to 2007 and from 2010 to 2012.


  • History 1
  • Florida House of Representatives 2
  • Florida State Senate 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Baxley was born in Ocala and attended Central Florida Community College, graduating with an associate degree in 1972. He then attended Florida State University, receiving degrees in sociology and psychology in 1974. Following this, Baxley attended Miami-Dade Community College, where he received a degree in funeral service in 1975. He returned to Ocala, where he founded Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services. Baxley was elected to the Belleview City Commission, and later served as Mayor.

Florida House of Representatives

When incumbent Republican primary, whom he defeated easily, winning 86% of the vote. In the general election, Baxley defeated Judy Johnson, the Democratic nominee, with 58% of the vote. When he ran for re-election in 2002, he encountered Lida Throckmorton, the Libertarian, whom he defeated in a landslide, with 77% of the vote. Baxley won re-election in 2004 without opposition. In 2006, he faced James Walker, an Iraq War veteran and the Democratic nominee, in his bid for re-election. During the course of the campaign, Walker was called back up for active service in Iraq, and considered exiting the campaign, but noted, "I think Marion County would be better off without Dennis Baxley."[1] Baxley ended up defeating Walker by a wide margin, winning 56% of the vote to Walker's 44%.

When State Senator Nancy Argenziano resigned from her seat to accept an appointment to the Florida Public Service Commission, a special election was called to replace her. Baxley and fellow State Representative Charles Dean announced that they would resign from their seats in the legislature on May 1, 2007, to run to succeed her.[2] Over the course of the campaign, Dean attacked Baxley for raising taxes, increasing insurance premiums, and allowing phone rates to skyrocket.[3] Baxley lost to Dean in the Republican primary, receiving only 44% of the vote to Dean's 56%.

When Kurt Kelly, who replaced Baxley in the Florida House of Representatives in a 2007 special election, opted to run for the United States House of Representatives rather than seek re-election, Baxley ran to succeed him. He won the Republican primary unopposed, and faced Michael Hageloh, the Democratic nominee and a businessman. Baxley campaigned on his experience and institutional knowledge, saying, "I believe in recycling, so I guess I'm the green candidate. I believe I can recycle some of the experience I've learned and go there and make a difference for Marion County."[4] Baxley defeated Hageloh in a landslide, winning 64% of the vote to Hageloh's 36%.

When legislative districts were redrawn in 2012, Baxley was moved into the 23rd District, which contained most of the district that he previously represented in the 24th District. He won both the primary and general elections unopposed. In 2014, Baxley was re-elected to the House without opposition.

While serving in the legislature, Baxley sponsored a Trayvon Martin. Despite this, however, Baxley did not feel as though the legislation applied to the case, noting, "I still don't think it applies. Nothing in this statute authorizes 'pursuit, confront, provoke.'"[5]

Florida State Senate

Baxley announced that he intended to run for the Florida Senate in 2016 to replace term-limited State Senator Charles Dean, who defeated him in 2007.[6]


  1. ^ Latham Carr, Susan (September 2, 2006). "Marion County state representative candidate called for duty in Iraq".  
  2. ^ Follick, Joe (May 1, 2007). "Baxley, Dean resign seats".  
  3. ^ Hiers, Fred (June 6, 2007). "Citrus County's Charles Dean wins GOP primary to replace Argenziano".  
  4. ^ Alexander, Jackie (October 30, 2010). "Baxley wants another shot at State House seat, but newcomer Hageloh stands in the way".  
  5. ^ Bousquet, Steve (April 21, 2012). "Meet Dennis Baxley, the lawmaker who always stands his ground".  
  6. ^ Henderson, Jeff (September 5, 2013). "Dennis Baxley Turns His Eyes to Running for Senate in 2016". Sunshine State News. Retrieved December 15, 2013. 

External links

  • Florida House of Representatives - Dennis Baxley
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