George LeMieux

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George LeMieux
U.S. Senator from Florida
From: September 10, 2009 - January 5, 2011
Predecessor Mel Martinez
Successor Marco Rubio
Party Republican
Spouse(s) Meike Detassis
Religion Roman Catholic

George LeMieux (born May 21, 1969) is the former United States Senator from Florida, after being appointed by Governor Charlie Crist to serve the remainder of retiring Senator Mel Martinez's term.[1]

LeMieux was an attorney for Gunster Yoakley & Stewart law firm and a Republican political consultant from Florida. He was called "the maestro" of Charlie Crist's victorious campaign for governor in 2006.[2] Previously he served the appointed position of Deputy Attorney General for the state of Florida and Chief of Staff to Charlie Crist. LeMieux is a self-described "Charlie Crist Republican." He held the seat temporarily, and is considering running for a full term in 2012.[3]

At 40, LeMieux was the youngest member of the United States Senate.

Political Views

On abortion, George LeMieux is pro-life except in cases of incest or "parental abuse" involving a minor. Although he opposes same sex marriage he supports gay adoption and same-sex benefits. On taxes LeMieux has stated that "income taxes unfairly penalize hard work, and a progressive tax system deters hard work. As for sales-tax rebates for stadiums and arenas, I would prioritize our tax money in other ways." [4] Upon his Senate announcement LeMieux said he was worried about the national deficit and was a believer in "limited government." Additionally, LeMieux said he was "concerned" about current proposals for the government option in health care, although stopped short of opposing it, and ultimately voted against it.[5]

LeMieux opposes off-shore drilling in Florida's coast.