Florida Senator’s Education Backgrounds


Last week we came out with a piece detailing the educational backgrounds of Members of the Florida House of Representatives. This was to help answer the not-so-rare question of ‘Where on earth did you go to school?!’, when reading about Florida politics. In the name of equity, we’ve provided a similar list about the Senate today.

33 out of 40 Florida Senators have earned a Bachelor’s degree or greater. Out of the remaining 7, 6 have attended some form of higher education. The only Senator who did not attend any form of education beyond high school is Keith Perry, and he started a very successful contracting company just after high school.


Law Degree

Frank Artiles (R)– J.D. St. Thomas University

Rob Bradley (R) – J.D. University of Florida

Gary M. Farmer, Jr. (D) – J.D. University of Toledo

Anitere Flores (R) – J.D. University of Florida

Bill Galvano (R) – J.D. University of Miami

Dorothy Hukill (R) – J.D. St. John’s University; M.A. Columbia University

Joe Negron (R) – J.D. Emory University; M.P.A. Harvard University

Kathleen Passidomo (R) – J.D. Stetson University

Jose Rodriguez (D) – J.D. Harvard Law School

Darryl Rouson (D) – J.D. University of Florida

David Simmons (R) – J.D. Vanderbilt University

Greg Steube (R) – J.D. University of Florida

Perry Thurston (D) – J.D. University of Miami

Dana Young (R) – J.D. University of Virginia


Master’s Degree

Lauren Frances Book (D) – M.S. Education – University of Miami

Randolph Bracy (D) – M.B.A. University of Central Florida; M.S. Sports Management – University of Central Florida

Rene Garcia (R) – M.B.A. Health Administration and Policy – University of Miami

Denise Grimsley (R) – M.B.A. University of Miami

Bill Montford (D) – M.S. Florida State University

Bobby Powell (D) – M.S.P. Urban and Regional Planning – Florida State University


Bachelor’s Degree

Dennis Baxley (R) – B.A. Florida State University; A.S. (Applied Sciences) Funeral Services – Miami Dade College

Lizbeth Benacquisto (R) – B.A. Palm Beach Atlantic University

Jeff Clemens (D) – B.A. Journalism – Michigan State University

Jack Latvala (R) – B.A. Stetson University

Aaron Bean (R) – B.S. Finance – Jacksonville University

Jeff Brandes (R) – B.S. Business Administration – Carson Newman College

Oscar Braynon (D) – B.S. Political Science – Florida State University

Doug Broxson (R) – B.S. Evangel University

Daphne Campbell (D) – B.S. Nursing – SOD Nursing School

Audrey Gibson (D) – B.S. Criminology – Florida State University

Travis Hutson (R) – B.S. Economics and Business – Layette College

Tom Lee (R) – B.S. Business – University of Tampa

Kevin Rader (D) – B.S. Accounting – Boston University


High School/Some College/Community College

George B. Gainer (R) – Gulf Coast Community College

Debbie Mayfield (R) – Santa Fe Community College; Florida Banking School

Wilton Simpson (R) – A.A. Pasco Hernando Community College

Kelli Stargel (R) – Tallahassee Community College

Linda Stewart (D) – Valencia College

Victor Torres (D) – John Jay College

Keith Perry (R) – Buchholz High School