Florida residents are represented by a number of elected officials at both the state and federal levels. These elected representatives are responsible for hearing the voices of their constituents and representing constituent concerns in our legislative bodies. In addition to serving in their official legislative capacity, elected representatives are often willing to represent individual constituents and help them navigate other branches of the state and local government.
Having an elected official inquire about your case can have a miraculous effect on red tape, making bureaucratic hurdles disappear.
Florida residents are represented by legislators elected to four major bodies of government:
- Florida State Senate
- Florida State House of Representatives
- United States Senate
- United States House of Representatives
Florida State SenateThe Florida Senate is the senior legislative body in the State of Florida. It consists of 40 elected state senators who serve four year terms in office with a two term (eight year) limit. Each Florida Senator represents a single Senate district and must be a resident of that district.
Miami-Dade County includes all or part of six Senate districts: 35, 36, 37, 38, 39 and 40. You can identify your specific Senate district and your State Senator by using the Florida Senate’s Find Your Legislator Tool.
Florida State House of RepresentativesThe Florida House of Representatives is the lower legislative house in the state of Florida. It consists of 120 elected state representatives who serve two year terms of office, with a four term (eight year) limit. Each Florida State Representative must live in his or her district.
Miami-Dade County includes all or part of seventeen House districts: 102, 103, 105, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119 and 120.
United States SenateEach state in the United States has two elected representatives to the United States Senate, the upper house of the United States Congress. Senators are selected via statewide election and serve for six year terms with no term limit.
The current United States Senators for the State of Florida are:
- Bill Nelson (current term ends in 2013)
- Marco Rubio (current term ends in 2017)
United States House of RepresentativesThe United States House of Representatives consists of 435 voting members, apportioned according to the population of each state. Each representative serves a single Congressional District and must reside in that district. Representatives are elected by their constituents and serve for two year terms.
Florida currently has 25 seats in the House of Representatives. Miami-Dade County encompasses all or part of five congressional districts:
- The 17th Congressional District of Florida
- The 18th Congressional District of Florida
- The 20th Congressional District of Florida
- The 21st Congressional District of Florida
- The 25th Congressional District of Florida