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Ron Klein

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 22nd district
Assumed office 
January 3, 2007
Preceded by E. Clay Shaw, Jr.

Born July 10, 1957 (1957-07-10) (age 52)
Cleveland, Ohio
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Dori Dragin
Residence Boca Raton, Florida
Alma mater Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University
Occupation attorney
Religion Jewish

Ronald "Ron" Klein (born July 10, 1957) is an American politician from the U.S. state of Florida. Klein, a Democrat, served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1993 to 1996 and in the Florida Senate from 1996 till 2006, where he was the Senate minority leader.

Klein was elected in the 2006 House election in Florida's 22nd congressional district, defeating 13-term Republican incumbent Clay Shaw. He took office on January 3, 2007.


Early life

Klein was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from Cleveland Heights High School in 1975, and attended Ohio State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 1979.

While at Ohio State, Klein became a member of the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity. Klein also spent time during college as an intern at the Ohio General Assembly. Klein attended Case Western Reserve University School of Law and graduated with a law degree in 1982. Ron married Dori Dragin in 1982 and they moved to Boca Raton, Florida in 1985. They have two children - Brian and Lauren.

Florida legislature

In 1992, Klein defeated ten-year incumbent Steve Press in the Democratic primary to win a seat in the Florida House of Representatives.[1] Klein became a member of the Florida Senate in 1996, and served as minority whip in 1998 and as minority leader in 2002–2004.[2]

Legal career

Klein was a Director at the Boca Raton, Florida law firm of Sachs Sax & Klein. His practice was focused on transactional law.

Election history



Klein ran for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in Florida's 22nd congressional district against 13-term Republican incumbent Clay Shaw. Although Shaw won re-election easily in the 2004 election (his opponent dropped out before the election), John Kerry carried the district by a margin on 50-48 percent over George W. Bush in 2004.

On Election Day 2006, Klein defeated Shaw by a margin of 51%-48% and assumed office when the 110th Congress convened on January 4, 2007. Klein was aided by voter discontent over the war in Iraq and the scandal involving Republican Congressman Mark Foley in the neighboring district.

On December 18, 2007, the magazine Politico named Ron Klein as its "Rookie of the Year", citing his willingness to cross party lines and his ability to get major legislation passed.[3]


Klein won his race against Republican nominee Allen West.

Congressional career

Committee assignments

Policy positions

Economic issues

On September 29, 2008, Klein voted for the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008[4]


External links

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Clay Shaw
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 22nd congressional district

Succeeded by


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