The Ideals of the Republican National Committee, Republican Party of Florida and Manatee County Republican Party:

CORE PRINCIPALS OF LOWER TAXES, LESS GOVERNMENT, and MORE FREEDOM with PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY and ACCOUNTABILITY. 

The Manatee County Republican Party is proud of its long and successful influence in Florida's legislative history.

Because of the contributions of the officials below, and, many other individuals, for over two decades, the Republican-led Legislature in the State of Florida, has focused on innovative ideas to make revolutionary gains in our education system while keeping our communities safe and protecting our most vulnerable citizens.

1982 - Peggy Simone is the first woman elected to the state legislature and the second Republican elected to the Florida House of Representatives from Manatee County.

1984 - Manatee County Republican voter registration surpasses Democrat voter registration for the first time and has maintained its Republican dominance ever since.

1990 - Manatee County resident John McKay is elected to the Florida Senate. It is his first, and, last, public office.

1992 - For the first time all Manatee County Constitutional Officers are Republicans.

1994 - Republican candidate Mark Flanagan unseats an incumbent Democrat and wins Florida House District 68.

1996 - Mark Flanagan is re-elected to a second term.

1996 - Manatee County participated in the first Republican majority gain in the Florida House of Representatives since 1874 by electing Florida Representative Mark Flanagan, and, re-electing Florida State Representative, Mark Ogles.

1996 - Because of this majority gain, Representative Daniel Webster became the first Republican Florida Speaker of the House since Reconstruction. In this same cycle, Toni Jennings became the first Republican woman Senate President.

1998 - Manatee County and many Floridians continued this trend and elected Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

1998 - For the first time ever, Florida enjoyed a Republican Legislature, Cabinet, and Executive Branch.

2000 - Mike Bennett is elected to the Florida House of Representatives.

2000 - Manatee County played a prominent role in the continuing Republican Revolution when Manatee County resident and State Senator, John McKay was elected President of the Florida Senate.

2002 - Representative Mike Bennett is elected to the Florida Senate.

2002 - Bill Galvano is elected to the Florida House of Representatives.

2002 - Ron Reagan is elected to the Florida House of Representatives.

2002 - Republicans maintain dominance of the Florida Legislature.

2002 - Manatee County and Floridians re-elect Governor Jeb Bush  making him the first Republican in the state's history to be re-elected as Governor. Bush is also the first Governor to hold office while having a brother simultaneously serve as President.

2003 - Former Senate President Toni Jennings, who served a historic two-term Senate presidency, becomes Florida's 16th Lieutenant Governor, the first woman to hold the office in state history.

2004 - Floridians and Manatee County residents elect Mel Martinez to the United States Senate, where he becomes the only Cuban-American immigrant to serve in the Senate.

2006 - The people of Manatee County and Florida elect Charlie Crist as the state's 44th Governor.

2006 - Congresswoman Katherine Harris decides to run to represent Florida in the United States Senate instead of for re-election to the United States House of Representatives.

2006 - Manatee Chairman Mark Flanagan resigns mid-term to run for United States Congress.

2006 - Kathleen King is elected Chairman of the Republican Party of Manatee County.

2006 - Manatee County plays a prominent role in keeping the 13th congressional district of Florida Republican and votes for Vern Buchanan by a large enough margin of victory to elect Vern Buchanan to the United States House of Representatives.

2007 - Marco Rubio becomes the first Cuban-American to serve as Speaker of the Florida House.

2007 - Manatee Chairman Kathleen King is elected Chairman of the 13th congressional district Caucus.

2007 - Manatee Sheriff Charlie Wells ends his 41-year career in law enforcement and resigns after 22 years as Manatee County Sheriff.

2008 - Manatee Counties influence in the state legislature continues. Speaker-designate names Manatee County State Representative Bill Galvano (R- District 68) Chairman of the Rules and Calendar Council and Manatee County State Representative Ron Reagan (R-District 67) Majority Whip and Floor Leader.

2008 - Congressman Buchanan is easily re-elected to represent Florida’s 13th congressional district in the U. S. House of Representatives.

2008 - Duval Chairman John Falconetti and Manatee Chairman Kathleen King represent Florida on the 2008 Republican National Committee Platform Committee.

2008 - Nancy Detert is elected to the Florida State Senate.

2008 - State Senator Nancy Detert is elected Republican Majority Whip 2008-2010.

2009 - Speaker of the House steps aside, Florida House Republicans elect Representative Larry Cretul Speaker of the House and Manatee County State Representative Ron Reagan (R- District 67) Speaker Pro Tempore for the remainder of the 2009 - 2010 legislative biennium.

2009 - Syndicated television and radio host, author, and former Florida Congressman, the Honorable Joe Scarborough renders the Keynote address at the 2009 Lincoln Day Dinner.  The Manatee County Republican Party's roots run deep with donor, activist and leadership support.

2009 - Manatee Chairman Kathleen King is re-elected Chairman of the 13th congressional district Caucus.

2010 - Political commentator, author of seven New York Times bestsellers, syndicated columnist and frequent media and Fox news television guest, Ann Coulter, renders the2012 Lincoln Day Dinner Keynote address.

2010 - The people of Manatee County and Florida elect Rick Scott at the state’s 45th Governor.

2010 - Florida Senators elect Manatee State Senator Mike Bennett Florida Senate President Pro Tempore for 2010-2012 legislative biennium.

2010 - Jim Boyd is elected to the Florida House of Representatives.

2010 - Ray Pilon is elected to the Florida House of Representatives.

2010 - Greg Steube is elected to the Florida House of Representatives.

2010 - Manatee Chairman Kathleen King is elected Secretary of the Republican Party of Florida.

2011 - Republican National Committee awards the 2012 Republican National Convention to Tampa, FL.

2011 - The Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida Caucus of County Chairmen resigns unexpectedly. RPOF Caucus Vice-Chairman Kathleen King becomes Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida Caucus of County Chairmen.

2011 - Leading political consultant, author of eight New York Times bestsellers, New York Post & Hill Magazine columnist and Fox News Channel commentator, Dick Morris, renders the 2011 Lincoln Day Dinner Keynote address.

2012 - Florida Senate and House Committees receive public testimony regarding legislative re-apportionment for new congressional, Florida Senate, and Florida House districts based on 2010 Census.

2012 - Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney wins Manatee County with 48% of the vote and wins Florida's presidential primary.

2012 - Manatee Supervisor of Elections Bob Sweat announces that after 28 years of managing the elections office, he will not run for re-election in November.

2012 - President and Founder of Rasmussen Reports, co-founder of ESPN, author, independent public opinion pollster and frequent television commentator, Scott W. Rasmussen, renders the 2012 Lincoln Day Dinner Keynote address.

"You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children's children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done."

President Ronald Reagan Oct. 27, 1964