William Steve Southerland, II (born October 10, 1965) is the U.S. Representative for Florida's 2nd congressional district. The district includes most of the eastern Florida Panhandle, from Panama City to the state capital, Tallahassee. He is a member of the Republican Party.
Southerland is a lifelong resident of Panama City. He is the fourth generation of five in his family to live in Bay County. In 1983, he graduated from A. Crawford Mosley High School. He earned a B.S. degree in Business Management from Troy State University and an A.A. degree in Mortuary Science from Jefferson State Junior College.
Southerland is current co-owner/President of Southerland Family Funeral Homes, founded in 1955. He is also a founding partner in two other ...
Representative Steve Southerland, II issued the following statement today denouncing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s and the Democrat-controlled Senate’s failure to approve a yearly budget in 888 days:
“As a third generation small business owner, I understand how important a budget it is for any successful organization. A budget helps identify major priorities, sets financial parameters, and maximizes an organization’s ability to achieve its objectives over the coming year. Without a budget, an organization loses focus and ignores cost ...
U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Panama City, is just eight months into his first House term. But he's already developed something of a reputation for his blunt comments and bold approach.Southerland paid a visit to a Tallahassee retirement home during Congress' annual August recess, where Westminster Oaks community residents asked Southerland about a variety of topics, including the future of entitlement programs including Social Security and Medicare. Somehow, according to an account provided by the Tallahassee Democrat, the forum turned to the perks (and mythical perks) of being in elected ...
According to the U.S. Census Bureau the median household income in 2009 was $49,177, almost $98,000 less than what a member of the House of Representatives makes. But that's apparently not enough for Rep. Steve Southerland (R-Fla.).
During a town hall meeting in Florida on Wednesday, when asked about his pay, the congressman told his constituents that his yearly salary of $174,000 was "not so much" -- especially once you account for the number of hours he works, the fact he had to sever ties with his family's funeral home business upon assuming office, and the heightened danger he faces as a ...
Southerland Votes to Approve Keystone XL Pipeline WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, II issued the following statement today after the House passed H.R. 5682, a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline by a bipartisan vote of 252-161:
“I applaud the House for coming together in a strong bipartisan fashion today in approving the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. In spite of the American people’s overwhelming support, President Obama has deliberately derailed Keystone’s construction for the past six years. Enough is enough. It’s time the President and Senate put politics aside and join the House in approving this common-sense effort to create good-paying jobs and lower energy costs for hardworking families across America.”
Southerland Honored with Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, II was presented today with the “Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence" by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) – the nation’s largest industrial trade association. Southerland received the award in recognition of his strong voting record in the 113th Congress on issues critical to manufacturing in North and Northwest Florida and the United States.
“I am honored to receive this recognition from NAM because it reflects my unwavering commitment to building a stronger economy for hardworking families across North and Northwest Florida,” said Southerland. “Whether it’s introducing legislation to ensure manufacturing jobs stay right here in Florida's Second District or fighting to rein in Washington overregulation, my number one focus in Congress has been on job creation – not inside the Beltway, but in communities across our district.”
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Southerland Issues Statement on FSU Shooting WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, II issued the following statement this morning in reaction to the shooting on Florida State University’s campus:
“My sincerest thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this morning’s tragic and senseless shooting on FSU’s campus. During this difficult time, I join the entire FSU community in offering my unwavering support to the victims and their families. As we await further details on the tragedy, I’d also like to express my deep appreciation to the FSU police and local paramedics for their quick and decisive response.”
Sunshine State, not Feds, should control water destiny Tom Feeney Guest columnist/Orlando Sentinel
Florida's geology, topography, and watercourses are unlike any other state's in the nation, dominated by vast flood plains along the coast and countless bodies of water — virtually all connected underground by our precious aquifer system through sandy soils and porous limestone. Because Florida's elevation is only slightly above sea level and relatively flat, its lifestyle relies on the effective management of stormwater. Florida leads the nation in water-quality efforts, recently approving numeric nutrient standards, resulting in better flood control, irrigation and stormwater management. Both natural and man-made factors make Florida particularly susceptible to the proposed rule changes by the Environmental Protection Agency to the "Waters of the United States" under the Clean Water Act.
Associated Industries of Florida's Florida H20 Coalition urges caution with the EPA defining what waters will be covered by this act, as the scope