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James E. King

Member of the Florida Senate
from the 8th district
In office
1999 – 2009

Born October 30, 1939(1939-10-30)
Brooklyn, New York
Died July 26, 2009 (aged 69)
Jacksonville, Florida
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Linda Braddock
Profession state legislator
Religion Episcopal

James E. "Jim" King (October 20, 1939 – July 26, 2009) was an American businessman and politician. A Republican, he was a member of Florida House of Representatives from 1986 through 1999, and subsequently represented the 8th District of the Florida Senate from 1999 until his death. He served as President of the Florida Senate from 2002-2004 and served as the Majority Leader of from 2000-2002.


Early years

King was born in Brooklyn, New York, and moved with his family to Florida in 1945, where he became the first member of his family to graduate high school[1] He attended Florida State University where he earned Bachelors and Masters degrees.[1] He married the former Linda Braddock. He has a daughter, Laurie Anne, from his first marriage to Eileen and a daughter, Monta Michelle, from his second marriage to Dorothy King.[1] King had a rocky start in business, nearly going bankrupt twice before he mortgaged his home in 1969 to start an employment service agency, which was successful.[1] In 1997, he sold the company for $15 million and focused on his political career, which began in 1986.[1]


King was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1986, and continued to serve through 1999. He was elected to the Florida Sentate in 1999. In 2001 he sponsored a law to prevent public access to autopsy records without the consent of the deceased's next of kin; an action resulting from the aftermath of the death of race car driver Dale Earnhardt. In 2005, he led the effort to attempt to block the bill that restarted life support for Terri Schiavo, also known as "Terri's Law".

In 2006, he was opposed in the Republican primary election by Randall Terry, a prominent pro-life activist who had opposed him on the Schiavo matter. In August, in an attempt to undermine King's support in the primary the next month, Terry publicized an endorsement of King by former President "Bill Clinton" — actually, robocalls by a professional impersonator – which satyrically criticized King's more moderate positions on such issues as illegal immigration, homosexual adoption, and abortion. King won the primary handily on September 5, 2006, receiving over two-thirds of the votes cast.


In May 2009, King was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, but the following month, announced that he was cancer-free. In mid-July, his family announced that the disease had spread and he entered a hospice program.[1] Jim King died on Sunday, July 26, 2009.[2]


  • Florida State University, B.A., 1961, B.S., 1961, M.B.A., 1962
  • St. Petersburg Junior College, A.A., 1959


  1. ^ a b c d e f Galnor, Matt: [1] Florida Times-Union, July 27, 2009-State Sen. Jim King dies after battle with pancreatic cancer
  2. ^ Senator King Not Expected To Make Recovery, July 26, 2009. First Coast News (news).

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