|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Florida's 17th district
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2019
|Preceded by||Tom Rooney|
|Member of the Florida Senate|
from the 23rd district
November 8, 2016 – November 6, 2018
|Preceded by||Garrett Richter|
|Succeeded by||Joe Gruters|
|Member of the|
Florida House of Representatives
November 6, 2012 – November 8, 2016
|Preceded by||Matt Caldwell|
|Succeeded by||Joe Gruters|
November 2, 2010 – November 6, 2012
|Preceded by||Ron Reagan|
|Succeeded by||Ed Hooper|
William Gregory Steube
May 19, 1978
Bradenton, Florida, U.S.
|Education||University of Florida (BS, JD)|
|Branch/service||United States Army|
|Years of service||2004–2008|
|Unit||Judge Advocate General's Corps|
William Gregory Steube (// STOOB-ee; 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 stretches across 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. 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.
Steube was born in Bradenton to Brad Steube, who served as Sheriff of Manatee County. He graduated from Southeast High School in 1996. He attended the University of Florida, receiving a degree in Animal Science in 2000, and then his Juris Doctor from the 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.
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." 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." Steube won 68% of the vote to Hafeez's 27% and Studebaker's 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. 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. Steube defeated McCann with 74% of the vote. In 2014, Steube was reelected to his third term in the legislature without opposition.
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%.
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.
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. 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.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement that called signing the amicus brief an act of "election subversion." She also reprimanded Steube and the other House members who supported the lawsuit: "The 126 Republican Members that signed onto this lawsuit brought dishonor to the House. Instead of upholding their oath to support and defend the Constitution, they chose to subvert the Constitution and undermine public trust in our sacred democratic institutions." New Jersey Representative Bill Pascrell, citing section three of the 14th Amendment, called for Pelosi to not seat Steube and the other Republicans who signed the brief supporting the suit, arguing that "the text of the 14th Amendment expressly forbids Members of Congress from engaging in rebellion against the United States. Trying to overturn a democratic election and install a dictator seems like a pretty clear example of that."
In October 2020 and again in January 2021, Steube introduced the Curbing Abuse and Saving Expression in Technology Act (CASE-IT Act). The bill would amend Section 230 by making the law's civil liability protections for "interactive computer services" conditional for market-dominant Big Tech platforms. Steube has argued his bill would "ensure that Big Tech will be held accountable for revoking accounts and selectively censoring conservative content on a partisan basis." The bill has four cosponsors.
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. 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.
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.
In the 2021 Congressional Baseball Game, on September 30, Steube recorded a win in 5 2/3 innings, throwing 120 pitches and hitting a solo home run.
In June 2021, Steube was one of 49 House Republicans to vote to repeal the AUMF against Iraq.
Six weeks before the 2018 election, Steube's Democratic opponent, 54-year-old April Freeman, was found dead. As of January 2019, the cause of death is unknown. A replacement, Allen Ellison, was appointed, but ballots were already printed. Rather than reprint, Ellison's name was left off of the ballot.
|Republican||Greg Steube (incumbent)||266,514||64.6|
Potential recruits receiving Freedom Fund money this cycle include Chip Roy in Texas’ 21st District, Yvette Herrell in New Mexico’s 2nd District, Mark Harris in North Carolina’s 9th District, Greg Steube in Florida’s 17th District, Denver Riggleman in Virginia’s 5th District, Mark Green in Tennessee’s 7th District, Russ Fulcher in Idaho’s 1st District, Ron Wright in Texas’ 6th District and Ben Cline in Virginia’s 6th District.