Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick
Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick - 117th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 20th district
Assumed office
January 18, 2022
Preceded byAlcee Hastings
Personal details
Sheila Cherfilus

(1979-01-25) January 25, 1979 (age 43)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Corlie McCormick
(m. 2017)
EducationHoward University (BA)
St. Thomas University (JD)
WebsiteHouse website

Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick (born January 25, 1979)[1] is an American businesswoman and politician serving as the U.S representative for Florida's 20th congressional district. A member of the Democratic Party, she won a special election in 2022 to fill the seat left vacant after the death of Alcee Hastings.[2]

Early life and career

Cherfilus-McCormick was born in Brooklyn, a borough of New York City, to parents from Haiti and raised in the borough of Queens. She moved to Florida at 13 to attend high school.[3] She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and government from Howard University and a Juris Doctor from the St. Thomas University School of Law.[4]

After graduating from college, Cherfilus-McCormick served as a project manager for the New York City Transit Authority. From 1999 to 2007, she worked as the vice president for operations of Trinity Health Care Services, a Florida-based family home health care company co-founded by her stepfather, Gabriel Smith. She later served as CEO.[5]

U.S. House of Representatives



Cherfilus-McCormick ran for Florida's 20th congressional district in the August 28 Democratic primary against incumbent Alcee Hastings in 2018.[6] She lost, 73.6%–26.4%.[7]


She announced she would seek a rematch against Hastings in 2020. She noted various ethics concerns facing Hastings and his health as reasons for running.[4] She lost the August 18 primary, 69.3%–30.7%.[8]

2022 special

See also: 2022 Florida's 20th congressional district special election

Cherfilus-McCormick was again a candidate for the 20th district in the 2022 special election.[9][10][11] During her special election campaign, she loaned $3.7 million to her campaign organization.[12][13] She campaigned on progressive policies such as a Green New Deal, Medicare for All, and a $1,000-a-month universal basic income.[3] Her campaign was supported by Brand New Congress, a progressive organization that also backed candidates such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib.[14]

After a recount, Cherfilus-McCormick was declared the winner of the Democratic primary by five votes over Broward County commissioner Dale Holness. She easily defeated Republican Jason Mariner in the January 11, 2022, general election.[15][16] She is the only Haitian-American Democrat ever elected to Congress and only the second overall, after Republican Mia Love of Utah.[17]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Electoral history

2018 Florida's 20th congressional district Democratic primary results[21]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Alcee Hastings (incumbent) 52,628 73.8
Democratic Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick 18,697 26.2
Total votes 71,325 100
2020 Florida's 20th congressional district Democratic primary results[22]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Alcee Hastings (incumbent) 62,759 69.3
Democratic Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick 27,831 30.7
Total votes 90,590 100
2022 (special)
2022 Florida's 20th congressional district special Democratic primary results[23][24]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick 11,662 23.8
Democratic Dale Holness 11,657 23.8
Democratic Barbara Sharief 8,680 17.7
Democratic Perry E. Thurston Jr. 7,282 14.8
Democratic Bobby DuBose 3,458 7.1
Democratic Omari Hardy 2,902 5.9
Democratic Priscilla Taylor 1,677 3.4
Democratic Elvin Dowling 646 1.3
Democratic Emmanuel Morel 454 0.9
Democratic Phil Jackson 342 0.7
Democratic Imran Siddiqui 316 0.6
Total votes 49,074 100
2022 Florida's 20th congressional district special election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick 44,707 79.0
Republican Jason Mariner 10,966 19.4
Libertarian Mike ter Maat 395 0.7
Independent Jim Flynn 265 0.5
Independent Lenny Serratore 262 0.5
Total votes 56,595 100

Personal life

Cherfilus-McCormick married lawyer Corlie McCormick in 2017 and lives in Miramar, Florida.[4]

See also


  1. ^ "Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick's Biography". Vote Smart. Retrieved 2021-11-06.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ Weigel, David (11 January 2022). "Democrat Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick wins House seat in Florida special election". Washington Post. Democrat Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick won Tuesday’s election to fill Florida’s vacant 20th Congressional District, returning her party to the 222-seat majority it held after the 2020 elections.
  3. ^ a b Kassel, Matthew (October 20, 2021). "Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick hopes the third time's a charm in FL20". Jewish Insider. Retrieved November 12, 2021.
  4. ^ a b c Washington, Wayne (August 6, 2020). "Lawyer makes second run at long-time incumbent Hastings". The Palm Beach Post. Retrieved November 12, 2021.
  5. ^ Knowles, Tiffani (November 30, 2021). "Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick preps to lead in D.C." Miami Times Online. Retrieved 19 January 2022.
  6. ^ "Haitian-American Woman Looks to Unseat Hastings in Florida Primary". The Haitian Times. August 23, 2018. Retrieved November 13, 2021.
  7. ^ Almukhtar, Sarah; et al. (August 30, 2018). "Florida Primary Election Results". The New York Times. Retrieved November 13, 2021.
  8. ^ "Florida Primary Election Results 2020". NPR. May 1, 2020. Retrieved November 13, 2021.
  9. ^ Putney, Michael (2021-10-29). "She's running for Congress, but are her ads misleading?". WPLG. Retrieved 2021-11-03.
  10. ^ "Wealthy candidate pumps staggering $2.3 million of her own money into Florida special election". Retrieved 2021-11-03.
  11. ^ Fineout, Gary. "'Powerball politics': Democrats worry DeSantis is unbeatable". POLITICO. Retrieved 2021-11-03.
  12. ^ Morse, Hannah. ""They Deserve to Be Safe": Candidates Call on Florida to Investigate the Health Effects of Sugar Cane Burning". ProPublica. Retrieved 2021-11-06.
  13. ^ "Health CEO leads after recount in Florida congressional race". AP NEWS. 2021-11-13. Retrieved 2021-11-13.
  14. ^ LeBlancJune 11, Rhonda Veerasawmy; Pm, 2021 at 3:03 (2021-06-11). "Brand New Congress endorses Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick in CD 20 Special Election". Florida Politics - Campaigns & Elections. Lobbying & Government. Retrieved 2021-11-22.
  15. ^ Kihara, David. "Cherfilus-McCormick apparent winner in Florida Democratic primary for Hastings' seat". Politico PRO. Retrieved 2021-11-13.
  16. ^ Steve Contorno. "Businesswoman Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick is apparent winner of Florida primary for late Alcee Hastings' seat". CNN. Retrieved 2021-11-13.
  17. ^ Rivero, Daniel; Brutus, Wilkine; Switalski Muñnoz, Caitie (November 3, 2021). "South Florida could soon have its first Haitian or Jamaican-American Congress member. But first, a recount". WLRN-FM. Retrieved November 13, 2021.
  18. ^ a b "Pelosi Announces Committee Assignments for Congresswoman Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick". February 2, 2022.
  19. ^ Lowry, Bryan (January 19, 2022). "Cherfilus-McCormick, first Haitian American from Florida, officially joins Congress". WLRN. Retrieved January 20, 2022.
  20. ^ "CAUCUS MEMBERS". April 14, 2022. Retrieved April 14, 2022.
  21. ^ "August 28, 2018 Primary Election Official Results". Florida Secretary of State. Retrieved November 12, 2020.
  22. ^ "August 18, 2020 Primary Election Official Results". Florida Secretary of State. Retrieved November 12, 2020.
  23. ^ "2021 Florida Special Primary Election Results: 20th Congressional District". NBC News. November 3, 2021.
  24. ^ Greenwood, Max (2021-11-16). "Florida officials certify 5-vote victory in primary for Alcee Hastings' seat". TheHill. Retrieved 2021-12-07.