By The Hill Staff - 11/14/12 12:33 AM EST
Rep.-elect Ted Yoho (R-Fla.-3)
DATE OF BIRTH: April 13,1955
BIRTHPLACE: Minneapolis, Minn.
RESIDENCE: Gainesville, Fla.
OCCUPATION: Veterinarian, small-business owner
EDUCATION: B.A., University of Florida; DVM, UF College of Veterinary Medicine
PREVIOUS OFFICE HELD: None
FAMILY: Wife, Carolyn; three children
Ted Yoho has won the seat in Florida’s 3rd congressional district, beating out Democrat J.R. Gaillot, Jr. and independent Phil Dodds. He will replace a senior GOP congressman, Rep. Cliff Stearns, whom he defeated in the GOP primary despite Stearns’s $2.5 million war chest.
Yoho has never before held an office nor run for one until now.
A veterinarian and small-business owner, as well as a member of several professional veterinary organizations, Yoho received endorsements from many different corners. In addition to many fellow veterinarians and businessmen with ties to Florida, Yoho was endorsed by retiring Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and retired professional wrestler Dustin Rhodes.