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Eric Eisnaugle

Eric Eisnaugle
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 44th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
April 8, 2014
Preceded by Steve Precourt
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 40th district
In office
November 18, 2008 – November 20, 2012
Preceded by Andy Gardiner
Succeeded by Seth McKeel
Personal details
Born (1977-02-06) February 6, 1977
Arcadia, Florida
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Carrie Eisnaugle
Children Eric III, Ethan
Alma mater Florida Southern College (B.S.)
Vanderbilt University Law School (J.D.)
Profession Attorney
Religion Christianity

Eric Eisnaugle (born February 6, 1977) is a Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 44th District, which includes parts of Bay Lake, Lake Buena Vista, Oakland, Orlando, Windermere, and Winter Garden in western Orange County since a special election on April 8, 2014, previously representing the 40th District from 2008 to 2012.

Contents

  • Early life 1
  • Florida House of Representatives 2
  • Sources 3
  • External links 4

Early life

Eisnaugle was born in Arcadia, Florida on February 6, 1977. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in 2000 from Florida Southern College and a Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2003. His wife, originally from Iowa, is attorney Carrie Eisnaugle, the President of Florida Right to Life.[1]

Florida House of Representatives

When incumbent State Representative Andy Gardiner was unable to seek re-election due to term limits, Eisnaugle ran to succeed him in the 40th District, which stretched from Azalea Park to Lake Butler and Hunters Creek in central Orange County. He faced Joe Mantilla in the Republican primary, whom he was able to defeat with ease, winning 68% of the vote to Mantilla's 32%. In the general election, Eisnaugle faced Todd Christian, the Democratic nominee. The Orlando Sentinel, though noting "discomfort with some of Mr. Eisnaugle's positions," endorsed him over Christian, praised him as an "engaging candidate" with "some good ideas."[2] In the end, Eisnaugle managed to defeat Christian by a slim margin to earn his first term in the legislature, receiving 52% of the vote to Christian's 48%. Running for re-election in 2010, Eisnaugle faced Christian once again, and Tea Party candidate Darin Dunmire; Eisnaugle once again received the endorsement of the Sentinel, which praised him as "one of the Legislature's more thoughtful workhorses," and singled him out for bucking those in his party who wanted to abolish the State Department of Community Affairs.[3] Once again, Eisnaugle defeated Christian, but this time by a more comfortable margin, receiving 60% of the vote to Christian's 36% and Dunmire's 4%.

In 2012, following the reconfiguration of state legislative districts, Eisnaugle was moved into the 44th District, where fellow State Representative Steve Precourt was running for re-election to his fourth and final term. With the knowledge that Precourt would be unable to run again in 2014, Eisnaugle stepped aside, and began campaigning to run as Precourt's successor.[1]

Following his departure from the legislature, Eisnaugle joined the law offices of Rumberger, Kirk and Caldwell, practicing commercial litigation and appellate law.[4] With an eye on running for the legislature in the 44th District in 2014, Eisnaugle continued his fundraising and campaigning efforts, predicting that his "conservative message" about reducing the size of government and cutting taxes would resonate with the voters.[5]

In 2014, when Precourt resigned to accept a job with the Orlando–Orange County Expressway Authority,[6] a special election was held and Eisnaugle ran to succeed him. In the Republican primary, he defeated former Orange County School Board Member Vicky Bell with 85% of the vote and advanced to the general election, where he faced Shaun Raja, a businessman and the Democratic nominee. Owing to the conservative nature of the district, Eisnaugle defeated Raja in a landslide, winning his return to the legislature with 74% of the vote.

Even before he returned to the legislature, Eisnaugle donated tens of thousands of dollars to fellow Republicans running for the legislature, with the implicit aim of lining up supporters for his bid for the Speakership of the Florida House of Representatives for the 2020-2022 legislative session.[7] Former Lieutenant Governor Toni Jennings criticized Eisnaugle's plan, noting that he was getting ahead of himself and declaring, "Talk about the tail wagging the dog. This tail is so far ahead of itself, it can't even see the dog anymore."[8]

Sources

  1. ^ a b Henderson, Jeff (February 3, 2014). "Eric Eisnaugle Faces Major Primary Foe". Sunshine State News. Retrieved May 5, 2014. 
  2. ^ "We think: Soto, Eisnaugle and Horner are the best bets for Florida House of Representatives".  
  3. ^ "Our Endorsements: State House District 40, 41, and 79".  
  4. ^ Turner, Jim (November 27, 2012). "Former Rep. Eric Eisnaugle Joins Rumberger, Kirk and Caldwell". Sunshine State News. Retrieved May 5, 2014. 
  5. ^ Derby, Kevin (July 17, 2013). "Eric Eisnaugle Looks to Return to the Florida House in 2014". Sunshine State News. Retrieved May 5, 2014. 
  6. ^ Tracy, Dan (January 9, 2014). "Precourt resigns from state House".  
  7. ^ Garcia, Jason (February 28, 2014). "Eisnaugle ramps up fundraising for speakership bid".  
  8. ^ Maxwell, Scott (February 22, 2014). "Eisnaugle should win House seat before eyeing 2021 speakership".  

External links

  • Florida House of Representatives - Representative Eric Eisnaugle
  • Eisnaugle for State House
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