George Stephen LeMieux (born May 21, 1969) is a former United States Senator from Florida. He was Chairman of the Florida-based law firm of Gunster Yoakley & Stewart, P.A. and served as Chief of Staff to Governor Charlie Crist, was former Deputy Florida Attorney General, and is credited with spearheading Crist's successful campaign for Governor. On August 28, 2009, Governor Crist announced that he would appoint LeMieux as senator, to replace Senator Mel Martinez, who weeks earlier announced he would resign as soon as Crist announced his successor. On April 5, LeMieux formally announced that he will run against incumbent Democratic Senator Bill Nelson in 2012.
LeMieux was born in Homestead, Florida to George and Karen LeMieux, a building contractor and secretary to the company. He grew up in Coral Springs, Florida,and graduated in 1987 from Coral Springs High School. He enrolled at Emory University, where he majored in political science and graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa in 1991. He was Senior Orator that year. He went on to earn his J.D. cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in 1994. He interned for Congressman E. Clay Shaw, Jr. and U.S. Senator Connie Mack III. In 1994, he joined the law firm of Gunster Yoakley & Stewart P.A. in its Fort Lauderdale office. LeMieux is an AV-rated attorney, and is board certified in business litigation. He continued his practice there for eight years, at which time he left to work in Tallahassee with the Republican Party.
Senator LeMieux has introduced “the 2007 Solution,” a plan to eliminate the deficit by 2013 and cut the national public debt nearly in half by 2020. On Thursday, May 13, 2010, the Senate adopted an amendment to the then-pending Financial Regulatory Reform that was authored by LeMieux and Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington. An editorial in the Wall Street Journal applauded the LeMieux amendment saying its reforms would "destroy the government-created ratings cartel" and that "Mr. LeMieux wants institutions to do some actual due diligence on the assets they hold instead of simply complying with the law by holding assets with a high rating from S&P." LeMieux was involved in the high-profile blockage of President Barack Obama's nominee for U.S.
Ambassador to Brazil, Thomas Shannon, who has since been confirmed.
2012 United States Senate election
On April 15, 2011, LeMieux announced his candidacy for the United States Senate seat held by Bill Nelson. Since then, LeMieux is campaigning on a platform of fiscal responsibility.
George LeMieux is a Roman Catholic. He married on October 28, 2000; he and his wife have three sons and one daughter.