Election: Defeated James Lloyd Roach, D, to succeed Rep. Connie Mack, R, who ran for Senate
Residence: Fort Myers
Born: April 20, 1976; Cincinnati, Ohio
Religion: Roman Catholic
Family: Wife, Amy Radel; one child
Education: Loyola U. Chicago, B.A. 1999 (communication)
Career: Radio talk show hosts; television anchor; public relations and domain registry strategist; newspaper owner
Political highlights: No previous office
Trey Radel, R Fla.-19
Trey Radel, a tea party favorite, promises to sponsor, on his first day in office, a bill to repeal the 2010 health care overhaul. But thats not the only item on his well-rounded agenda.
Radel hopes to serve on the Financial Services or Foreign Affairs committees, although his priorities fostering job creation, paying down the debt and simplifying the tax code may lead him to aim higher after he has earned some seniority.
Im happy to talk to everyone, to work with everyone. But I will not compromise ultimately on my conservative values and principles, he says.
Radel, who represents a conservative area where golf courses extend from one gated community to another, signed Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquists no-tax-increase pledge. For Republicans or Democrats to ask any of the American people for more money is nothing short of ludicrous, Radel says, comparing that to a child asking parents for more money after squandering a fortune.
Governments core role, to protect life, includes the unborn child, he says. Radel likes Arizona-style immigration laws and opposes a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.
He also is a Keystone XL pipeline supporter and opposes high-speed rail, saying it would burden states and municipalities.
During the campaign, Radel bought website names that his opponents were likely to use; his actions were publicly criticized, and he surrendered the rights to the domain names.
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