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Bill McCollum


Incumbent
Assumed office 
2007
Preceded by Charlie Crist

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 8th district
In office
January 3, 1993 – January 3, 2001
Preceded by Bill Young
Succeeded by Ric Keller

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 5th district
In office
January 3, 1981 – January 3, 1993
Preceded by Richard Kelly
Succeeded by Karen Thurman

Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Ingrid Seebohm McCollum
Children three
Residence Florida
Occupation Florida Attorney General

Ira William "Bill" McCollum, Jr. (born July 12, 1944 in Brooksville, Florida) is the current Florida Attorney General and a former Republican Congressman from Florida. McCollum has announced his candidacy for the open Gubernatorial Election for Florida in 2010. He is currently the front-runner for the GOP nomination and leads in aggregate polling against potential Democratic opponents.[1]

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Early life

Born and raised in Brooksville, Florida, McCollum graduated from Hernando High School and earned his bachelor's degree and law degree from the University of Florida. While at the University of Florida, he was inducted into the University of Florida Hall of Fame, the most prestigious honor a student leader could receive, and served as president of Florida Blue Key. McCollum began his professional career on active duty with the United States Navy's Judge Advocate General Corps from 1969 to 1972. In 1992, he retired from the United States Naval Reserve as a Commander (O-5) in the US Navy JAG Corps, having served over 23 years as an officer. In 1973, he entered private practice in Orlando and immediately became involved in local politics, serving as Chairman of the Seminole County Republican Party from 1976 to 1980.

Congressional career

1981, Congressional Pictorial Directory, McCollum as a first term Congressman

In 1980 McCollum was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from a district including Walt Disney World and most of Orlando.

While in Congress, McCollum founded the House Republican Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare, chairing it for six years. He also served three terms on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, two of which as Chairman of its Subcommittee on Human Intelligence, Analysis and Counterintelligence. Additionally, McCollum served as Vice Chairman of the House Banking Committee and served on the Judiciary Committee, where he was Chairman of the Subcommittee on Crime.

While serving the House, McCollum was also selected for a variety of Republican leadership positions, including three terms as Vice Chairman of the House Republican Conference. McCollum voted eight times to cut Medicare, voted to raise the eligibility age for Medicare and Social Security [5] [6]. McCollum gained national attention as one of 15 members selected to serve on the House Committee to Investigate the Iran-Contra Affair, and, in 1998 – 1999, as one of the House Managers of President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial. Rather than seek reelection to the House in 2000, McCollum ran unsuccessfully for an open United States Senate seat, bringing to an end his 20-year Congressional career.

McCollum ran again in 2004, seeking the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Senator Bob Graham. However, McCollum was defeated in the Republican primary by HUD Secretary Mel Martinez, who went on to win the seat.

Florida Attorney General

In 2006, McCollum ran for the office of Attorney General of the State of Florida, defeating State Senator Skip Campbell in the general election.

Gubernatorial campaign

On May 18, 2009, McCollum announced his candidacy for Governor of Florida to succeed Charlie Crist who has entered the race for U.S. Senate.[2] It appears that he will either face Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink or concert promoter and record executive Darrin McGillis in the November 2010 general election. On Sept 8, 2009 McCollumn said he supported Medicare and Medicaid programs but opposes a'public option'Public opinion on health care reform in the United States#Public option for health insurance [7].

There was some controversy over his advertisements about CyberCrime in early 2009. The Miami Herald reported that McCollum was giving no bid contracts for the advertisement to a former campaign ad man at an elevated cost. [3] Furthermore, the Herald noted McCollum's extensive presence, including a noticeable number of references to the Attorney General's name in the announcements, as contrasted with other state officials [4]. Because of this, some claimed McCollum was, in effect, using taxpayer dollars to campaign for governor.

State plane usage

In 2009, Republican Bill McCollum and Democrat Alex Sink, both of whom are running for Governor of Florida, were the subject of reports questioning their use of state planes. Both candidates have had ethics complaints filed against them by citizens, which are ongoing.[5]

Allegations of SBA Mismanagement

Despite 39 audits dating back to 2000 warning of risky investments involving leveraged funds, the Florida State Board of Administration lost approximately one-third of the fund ($61.4 billion) between July 2008 and January 2009. The fund has since recovered over $30 billion in losses.[6][7] Nineteen of these audits warning of risk were issued while Crist, Sink, and McCollum were trustees, and Sink was functioning as CFO of the state and treasurer on the SBA board.[7] As a result of this "crisis of confidence" SBA executive director Coleman Stipanovich resigned his job in December 2007.[8][9][10][11]

On November 5, 2009, it was publicly revealed that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) had been formally investigating possible fraud by the Florida SBA since July 31, 2008. The investigation centers on whether or not the SBA and three firms, J.P. Morgan, Credit Suisse, and Lehman Brothers "'may have been or may be' involved in a scheme to defraud by making false statements about the risk and liquidity of investments purchased by the local pool and other SBA-managed funds."[12]

Of note

In 2008, McCollum served as the Florida Chairman for the Rudy Giuliani presidential campaign.[13]

Prior to his election as Florida Attorney General, McCollum served as a partner with the Baker & Hostetler LLP law firm, practicing in the federal policy area. In addition to his duties as the state's chief legal officer, he serves as President and Chairman of the Healthy Florida Foundation, chartered in 2002 to find consensus on long-term solutions to the nation's health care system. He is a member of the North Florida Committee on Foreign Relations. He is also a board member of the James Madison Institute.

McCollum is married to Ingrid Seebohm McCollum. They have three sons: Douglas, Justin and Andrew, two daughters-in-law and two grandsons.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Richard Kelly
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 5th congressional district

1981–1993
Succeeded by
Karen Thurman
Preceded by
Bill Young
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 8th congressional district

1993–2001
Succeeded by
Ric Keller
Party political offices
Preceded by
Lynn Morley Martin
Illinois
Vice-Chairman of House Republican Conference
1989–1995
Succeeded by
Susan Molinari
New York
Preceded by
Connie Mack III
Republican nominee for United States Senator from Florida
(class 1)

2000 (lost)
Succeeded by
Katherine Harris
Preceded by
Charlie Crist
Republican nominee for Florida Attorney General
2006 (won)
Succeeded by
Most recent
Legal offices
Preceded by
Charlie Crist
Florida Attorney General
2007–present
Incumbent







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