ENG: Dennis Alan Ross (born October 18, 1959) is the U.S. Representative for Florida's 15th congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party.
Early life, education, and business career
Ross was the youngest of five children born to Bill and Loyola Ross. He attended Catholic school for nine years before graduating at Lakeland Senior High School in 1977. After high school, he attended the University of Florida before transferring to Auburn University where he graduated in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Management. He then graduated from Samford University's Cumberland School of Law in 1987.
Ross went to work in the newly developed micro-computer industry working for several companies.
He went on to serve briefly as an Associate with the law firm of Holland & Knight and was in-house counsel to Walt Disney World. Subsequent to his time at Disney, Dennis opened up his own law firm representing Business and Industry in Workers Compensation matters for over 20 years.
Early political career
Ross went on to work for a year as a legislative aide in St. Petersburg to State Senator Dennis Jones in 1982. He was elected Chairman of the Polk County Republican Executive Committee, and served until 1995. In 1996, Dennis ran unsuccessfully for the State Senate, losing to Incumbent Democrat State Senator Rick Dantzler.
In 2010, he ran for the 63rd district of the Florida House of Representatives, vacated by Adam Putnam.
U.S. House of Representatives - Elections - 2010
Ross won the seat vacated by Adam Putnam. defeating a Democrat and Florida "TEA" Party candidate in a three way general election race. This was the second time Ross succeeded Putnam.
Ross ran in the 15th Congressional District, due to redistricting. Due to the fact that no other candidate qualified to run against him by the deadline, he did not face opposition in the general election.
January 24, 2013