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Kathy Castor

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 11th district
Assumed office 
January 3, 2007
Preceded by Jim Davis

Born August 20, 1966 (1966-08-20) (age 43)
Miami, Florida
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) William Lewis
Residence Tampa, Florida
Alma mater Emory University, Florida State University
Occupation attorney
Religion Presbyterian

Kathy Castor (born August 20, 1966 in Miami, Florida) is the Democratic congresswoman for Florida's 11th congressional district. This district covers most of the city of Tampa, most of south St. Petersburg, a small portion of unincorporated Hillsborough County, a small section of the city of Temple Terrace and a small section of Manatee County.


Education and family

Born in Miami and raised in Tampa, Castor holds a bachelors degree in political science from Emory University (1988) and a J.D. from Florida State University College of Law (1991). She is married to William "Bill" Lewis and they have two daughters.

Castor began her legal career as Assistant General Counsel to the Florida Department of Community Affairs where she enforced growth management laws throughout the state of Florida. She is the former President of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers and partner in a statewide law firm. In 2005, Castor was named as the Tampa Bay Business Journal's Woman of the Year in government.

Castor also is the daughter of former University of South Florida President, former Hillsborough County Commissioner, former Florida Education Commissioner and 2004 United States Senate candidate Betty Castor; and Don Castor, a Hillsborough County judge.

Castor served on the Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners from 2002 through 2006 where she was the champion for ethics in government and the award-winning Hillsborough County Health Plan that provides affordable primary care to "hardworking families". She was the leading advocate for better growth management and fiscally-responsible policies.

Castor built a strong record on health care - working to stop seniors and other patients in Hillsborough County’s health care plan from being forced into HMOs. She sought to protect wetlands, make developers pay for new roads and schools, get utility companies to protect neighborhoods. She has also worked to pass stricter laws regulating lobbyists and special interest groups.

House career

Election 2006

The House seat in the district became open when five-term Democrat Jim Davis (D) chose to run for governor (he lost to Charlie Crist in November).

Castor won the September 5, 2006 Democratic primary, defeating challengers Al Fox, Lesley "Les" Miller, Scott Farrell, and Michael Steinberg. She received 54% of the vote, a full 20 points ahead of state Senate Minority Leader Les Miller in the five-way race.

Eddie Adams Jr., an architect and former hospital laboratory technologist,[1] was the only Republican to file. Castor was endorsed by the pro-choice political action committee EMILY's List, the League of Conservation Voters, Oceans Champions, The Tampa Tribune, The St. Petersburg Times and The Bradenton Herald.

Castor handily won the 2006 November general election, 70% to 30%--becoming the first woman to represent Hillsborough and Pinellas counties in the United States Congress and only the third representative of this Tampa-based district since its creation in 1963 (it was the 10th District from 1963-67, the 6th from 1967-73, the 7th from 1973-93 and has been the 11th since 1993). However, it was generally believed that she'd already assured herself of victory by winning the primary. The 11th is by far the most Democratic district on Florida's Gulf Coast, and Republicans have not seriously contested it in decades.

Election 2008

Castor was reelected in November 2008 71% to 29% in a rematch with Adams.

Committee assignments

Party leadership

Position on 2008 "bailout"

On September 29, 2008, Castor voted against the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008[2]. She was the only Florida Democrat to do so. On October 3, 2008, Castor was once again the only Florida Democrat (and one of 63 House Democrats) to vote against the bailout bill.


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jim Davis
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 11th congressional district

Succeeded by

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