The Florida House Members’ Educational Backgrounds


As the 2017 legislative session carries on colorfully in Tallahassee, dozens of articles come out about dozens of House Members each day. Amidst all the noise and commotion, and with 49 new members, it can be a little difficult to keep track of everyone involved.
We’ll read things we love, things we hate, and other things that will leave us asking “Where on earth did this person go to school and what did they study!?” In the interests of that not-so-infrequent question (and a slow news day), below is a list of the educational backgrounds of Members of the House. 83% of the members have a Bachelor’s degree or greater; here is that list.

Law Degree:

Berman (D) – J.D. George Washington University
Burgess (R) – J.D. Barry University
Byrd (R) – J.D. St. Thomas University
Corcoran (R) – J.D. Regent University
Diamond (D) – J.D. University of Florida
J. Diaz (R) – J.D. Columbia University
Duran (D) – J.D. New York University
Edwards (D) – J.D. Florida International University
Eisnaugle (R) – J.D. Vanderbilt University
Fant (R) – J.D. University of Florida
Fitzenhagen (R) – J.D. Nova Southeastern University
Geller (D) – J.D. Florida State University
Gonzalez (R) – J.D. Stetson University
Grall (R) – J.D. Marquette University
J. Grant (R) – J.D. Stetson University
Hager (R) – J.D. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Harrison (R) – J.D. University of Florida
Jacquet (D) – J.D. St. Thomas University
Leek (R) – J.D. Stetson University
McGhee (D) – J.D. Thurgood Marshall School of Law
Metz (R) – J.D. Florida State University
Moraitis (R) – J.D. University of Florida
Moskowitz (D) – J.D. Nova Southeastern University
Renner (R) – J.D. University of Florida
Shaw (D) – J.D. University of Florida
Silvers (D) – J.D./M.B.A. University of Miami
Slosberg (D) – J.D. Nova Southeastern University
Spano (R) – J.D. Florida State University
Sprowls (R) – J.D. Stetson University
Stafford (D) – J.D. St. Thomas University
Trujillo (R) – J.D. Florida State University
White (R) – J.D./M.B.A. Southern Methodist University

Master’s Degree:

Baez (D) – M.A. – Counseling – Sam Houston State University
Davis (D) – M.A. – Educational Leadership – University of North Florida
Harrell (R) – M.A. – Latin American Studies – University of North Florida