Greg Steube
Official portrait, 2022
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 17th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded byTom Rooney
Member of the Florida Senate
from the 23rd district
In office
November 8, 2016 – November 6, 2018
Preceded byGarrett Richter
Succeeded byJoe Gruters
Member of the
Florida House of Representatives
In office
November 2, 2010 – November 8, 2016
Preceded byRon Reagan
Succeeded byEd Hooper
Constituency67th district (2010–2012)
73rd district (2012–2016)
Personal details
Born
William Gregory Steube

(1978-05-19) May 19, 1978 (age 45)
Bradenton, Florida, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
SpouseJennifer Steube
Children1
EducationUniversity of Florida (BS, JD)
WebsiteHouse website
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service2004–2008
UnitJudge Advocate General's Corps
Battles/warsIraq War

William Gregory Steube[1] (/ˈstbi/ STOO-bee; born May 19, 1978) is an American attorney and politician serving as the U.S. representative for Florida's 17th congressional district since 2019. His district is based in Sarasota. A member of the Republican Party, Steube served three terms in the Florida House of Representatives, representing the Sarasota-Manatee area from 2010 to 2016, as well as two years in the Florida Senate until 2018, representing Sarasota County and the western part of Charlotte County.

Early life

Steube was born on May 19, 1978 in Bradenton to Brad Steube, who served as Sheriff of Manatee County. He graduated from Southeast High School in 1996.[2] He attended the University of Florida, receiving a degree in Animal Science in 2000, and then his Juris Doctor from the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law in 2003. At UF, Steube was a brother of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. After graduation, Steube joined the United States Army and attended The JAG School at the University of Virginia and entered U.S. Army JAG Corps. He served from 2004 to 2008 and deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Florida House of Representatives

Steube in 2011

When State Representative Ron Reagan was unable to seek reelection in 2010 due to term limits, Steube ran to succeed him in the 67th District, based in southern Hillsborough County, eastern Manatee County, and northern Sarasota County, stretching from Apollo Beach to Fruitville. He received an endorsement from U.S. Representative Vern Buchanan, who called Steube "extremely knowledgeable of the district and the district's issues."[3] In the Republican primary, he defeated Jeremiah J. Guccione and Robert McCann with 53% of the vote to Guccione's 28% and McCann's 19%. He advanced to the general election, where he faced Democratic nominee Z. J. Hafeez and independent candidate John M. Studebaker. Both candidates opposed offshore oil drilling off the coast of the state, supported solar energy, and favored medical tort law reform "that they [felt would] increase access to health care for Floridians."[4] Steube won 68% of the vote to Hafeez's 27% and Studebaker's 5%.[5]

After the reconfiguration of state legislative districts in 2012, Steube's district was renumbered the 73rd district. The district was pushed further into Sarasota County while losing its share of Hillsborough County. Steube won his party's nomination unopposed, and moved on to the general election, facing only Bob McCann, who had previously run against Steube in the 2010 Republican primary, but was running as an independent. Steube and McCann disagreed over whether the state should expand Medicaid under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, with Steube opposed and McCann in favor, and over whether the state should fund charter schools, with Steube in favor and McCann opposed.[6] Steube was endorsed by the Bradenton Herald, which praised him for his "strong first term and his qualifications", specifically calling him out for working to put two constitutional amendments on the ballot that provide tax exemptions to the spouses of deceased military veterans and property tax relief to low-income seniors.[7] Steube defeated McCann with 74% of the vote. In 2014, Steube was reelected to his third term in the legislature without opposition.[citation needed]

Florida Senate

In 2016, Steube ran for the Florida Senate seat vacated by Nancy Detert, who was term limited. He defeated four other candidates in the Republican primary, receiving 31% of the vote, and won the general election against Democrat Frank Alcock, 59 to 41%.[8][9]

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2018

See also: 2018 United States House of Representatives elections in Florida § District 17

Steube ran for the Republican nomination for Florida's 17th Congressional District in 2018, a seat that was being vacated by Tom Rooney, who declined to seek reelection. He won the August 28 Republican primary. In the November 6 general election, he defeated Democrat Allen Ellison, who replaced the original Democratic nominee, April Freeman, after she died unexpectedly in September.[10]

2020

See also: 2020 United States House of Representatives elections in Florida § District 17

Steube was reelected in 2020 with 64.6% of the vote, defeating Democrat Allen Ellison.[11]

2022

For his first two terms, Steube represented a large swath of south-central Florida, from the outer suburbs of Sarasota and Fort Myers through the Everglades to the shores of Lake Okeechobee. However, after the 2020 census, his district was made significantly more compact, picking up all of Sarasota while losing most of its inland territory to the 18th district. The new 19th was no less Republican than its predecessor, and Steube easily won a third term.

Tenure

Steube supports repealing the Affordable Care Act.[12] During the COVID-19 pandemic, Steube argued that the "deep state" at the FDA was preventing the usage of hydroxychloroquine, an antimalarial drug, to treat COVID-19.[12]

In December 2020, Steube was one of 126 Republican members of the House of Representatives to sign an amicus brief in support of Texas v. Pennsylvania, a lawsuit filed at the United States Supreme Court contesting the results of the 2020 presidential election, in which Joe Biden defeated incumbent Donald Trump.[13] The Supreme Court declined to hear the case on the basis that Texas lacked standing under Article III of the Constitution to challenge the results of an election held by another state.[14][15][16]

On January 6–7, 2021, Steube voted not to certify the election of Joe Biden as President.[17] On January 13, Steube voted against the second impeachment of Donald Trump.[18]

In October 2020 and again in January 2021, Steube introduced a bill to stop technology platforms from suspending conservative accounts.[19]

In late February 2021, Steube and a dozen other Republican House members skipped votes and enlisted others to vote for them, citing the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but he and the other members were actually attending the Conservative Political Action Conference, which was held at the same time as their slated absences.[20] In response, the Campaign for Accountability, an ethics watchdog group, filed a complaint with the House Committee on Ethics and requested an investigation into Steube and the other lawmakers.[21]

In June 2021, Steube was among 21 House Republicans who voted against a resolution to give the Congressional Gold Medal to police officers who defended the U.S. Capitol on January 6.[22]

In June 2021, Steube was one of 49 House Republicans to vote to repeal the AUMF against Iraq.[23][24]

In May 2023, Steube co-sponsored resolutions by Marjorie Taylor Greene to impeach Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray.[25][26]

Steube was among the 71 Republicans who voted against final passage of the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023 in the House.[27]

In 2023, Steube was among 98 Republicans to vote for a ban on cluster munitions to Ukraine.[28][29] The same year, Steube voted for a moratorium on aid to Ukraine.[30][31]

Committee assignments

For the 118th Congress:[32]

Caucus memberships

Personal life

Steube and his wife, Jennifer, have one son.[35]

On January 18, 2023, Steube fell approximately 25 feet (7.6 m) off a ladder while cutting tree limbs at his home in Sarasota, Florida. He was admitted to Sarasota Memorial Hospital with multiple injuries, including a punctured lung, fractured pelvis, and torn neck ligaments.[36] He was released from the hospital on January 21.[37][38] An Amazon delivery driver was the first to find Steube after the accident, and called 911; Steube invited the driver as his guest to the 2023 State of the Union.[39] Steube later told Politico that Donald Trump was the first person to contact him while he was in the ICU.[40]

Steube is a Methodist.[41]

Electoral history

Six weeks before the 2018 election, Steube's Democratic opponent, 54-year-old April Freeman, was found dead. The cause of death was a heart attack.[42] A replacement, Allen Ellison, was appointed, but ballots were already printed. Rather than reprint, Ellison's name was left off of the ballot.[43]

Republican primary results, 2018 [44]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Greg Steube 48,963 62.4
Republican Bill Akins 15,133 19.3
Republican Julio Gonzalez 14,402 18.3
Total votes 78,498 100.0
Florida's 17th congressional district, 2018 [45]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Greg Steube 193,326 62.3
Democratic Allen Ellison 117,194 37.7
Total votes 310,520 100.0
Republican hold
Florida's 17th congressional district, 2020 [46]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Greg Steube (incumbent) 266,514 64.6
Democratic Allen Ellison 140,487 34.1
Independent Theodore Murray 5,396 1.3
Total votes 412,397 100.0
Republican hold
Florida's 17th congressional district, 2022 [47]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Greg Steube (incumbent) 222,483 63.8
Democratic Andrea Kale 123,798 35.5
Independent Theodore Murray 2,225 0.6
Total votes 348,506 100.0
Republican hold


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  26. ^ "H.Res.406 - Impeaching Christopher Asher Wray, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, for facilitating the development of a Federal police force to intimidate, harass, and entrap American citizens that are deemed enemies of the Biden regime". Congress.gov. United States Congress. Retrieved May 25, 2023.
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Florida House of Representatives Preceded byRon Reagan Member of the Florida House of Representativesfrom the 67th district 2010–2012 Succeeded byEd Hooper Preceded byMatt Caldwell Member of the Florida House of Representativesfrom the 73rd district 2012–2016 Succeeded byJoe Gruters Florida Senate Preceded byGarrett Richter Member of the Florida Senatefrom the 23rd district 2016–2018 Succeeded byJoe Gruters U.S. House of Representatives Preceded byTom Rooney Member of the U.S. House of Representativesfrom Florida's 17th congressional district 2019–present Incumbent U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial) Preceded byBryan Steil United States representatives by seniority 281st Succeeded byHaley Stevens