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Rich Nugent
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 5th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Preceded byGinny Brown-Waite
Sheriff of Hernando County, Florida
In office
2000–2010
Preceded byTom Mylander[1]
Succeeded byAl Nienhuis[2]
Personal details
Born(1951-05-26) May 26, 1951 (age 60)
Evergreen Park, Illinois
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Wendy Nugent
Children3
Alma materSaint Leo University (B.A.)
Troy University (M.P.A.)
ProfessionSheriff
ReligionMethodist
Websitenugent.house.gov
Military service
Service/branchIllinois Air National Guard
Years of service1969–1975
 
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Rich Nugent
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 5th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Preceded byGinny Brown-Waite
Sheriff of Hernando County, Florida
In office
2000–2010
Preceded byTom Mylander[1]
Succeeded byAl Nienhuis[2]
Personal details
Born(1951-05-26) May 26, 1951 (age 60)
Evergreen Park, Illinois
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Wendy Nugent
Children3
Alma materSaint Leo University (B.A.)
Troy University (M.P.A.)
ProfessionSheriff
ReligionMethodist
Websitenugent.house.gov
Military service
Service/branchIllinois Air National Guard
Years of service1969–1975

Richard B. Nugent (born May 26, 1951)[3] is the U.S. Representative for Florida's 5th congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party. He is formerly the Sheriff of Hernando County, Florida. On November 2, 2010 Richard Nugent defeated Democratic nominee James Piccillo, to replace retiring Congresswoman Ginny Brown-Waite. Nugent is a member of the Tea Party Caucus and believes that Communists are a "national security threat."[4]

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Early life, education, and early law enforcement career

Richard B. Nugent was born on May 26, 1951. He is a native of Evergreen Park, Illinois,[5] a suburb of Chicago.[6] His father was a steel worker and his mother was a homemaker. Nugent fondly recalls growing up in a time when America was at her best.[7]

Nugent graduated from St. Leo College, located in St. Leo, Pasco County, Florida with a Bachelor of Arts Degree.[8] He went on to earn a Master of Arts Degree from Troy State University.[7] In 1991 Congressman Nugent graduated from the FBI National Academy.[5]

Right out of high school Nugent joined the Illinois Air National Guard. Nugent has said, "As anybody who has spent time in America’s military can tell you, young people inevitably learn the value of leadership, teamwork, discipline, and self-reliance. My experience as a young man was no different." Honorably discharged after six years, Congressman Nugent decided to continue serving as a police officer in the city of Romeoville, Illinois.[9] After serving as a police officer in Romeoville for 12 years and achieving the rank of Sergeant, Nugent and his family moved to Hernando County, Florida in 1984, where he joined the Hernando County Sheriff's office as a deputy.[9]

Sheriff of Hernando County

Richard Nugent was first elected Sheriff of Hernando County in 2000, defeating James E. "Eddie" McConnell in a close election.[10]

Accomplishments

In 2000, the St. Petersburg Times recommended Nugent to their readers, citing the experience he had gained in personnel and financial management while a top officer in the Hernando County Sheriff's Department, as well as his advanced academic accomplishments, which include a master's degree in public administration.[10]

The recommendation commended Nugent's platform, in which he promised to update the Sheriff's Office's computer system to make it easier to track trends in crime and for the public to access that information, to implement a program that assures accountability from deputies assigned to investigate reports of crimes, to establish a victim's advocacy program and to expand efforts to educate young people about the pitfalls of illegal behavior.

According to the St. Petersburg Times, in his first term as Sheriff, Nugent did all he promised and more. This success resulted in the St Petersburg Times endorsing Nugent for a second term as Sheriff in 2004. The Times noted that he has, "Proved to be a fair and well-tempered public servant who works well with other government agencies and elected officials, and whose priorities are in synch with the residents his agency is sworn to protect."

Nugent's initial term as Sheriff came at a time of rapid growth in Hernando County and the Sheriff's Department posted the first decrease in the overall crime rate in that county in five years.

As Sheriff Nugent oversaw a smooth transition of his office's rank-and-file employees to form a collective bargaining unit. He also demonstrated strong abilities in managing a multi-million dollar operating budget and overseeing 350 full-time employees.

Election results

He was elected Sheriff in 2000. He was re-elected in 2004 and 2008.[11] In 2000, Nugent was endorsed by incumbent Sheriff Tom Mylander. In 2004, he was endorsed by the St. Petersburg Times

Sheriff Nugent
2000 Hernando County Sheriff election[12][13]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
RepublicanRich Nugent31,20449.0
DemocraticEddie McConnell29,33446.1
IndependentMichael Robinson3,0884.9
2004 Hernando County Sheriff election[14]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
RepublicanRich Nugent (Incumbent)48,77161.6
DemocraticEddie McConnell30,37238.4
2008 Hernando County Sheriff election[15]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
RepublicanRich Nugent (Incumbent)62,80773.6
DemocraticLuke Frazier22,15326.0
IndependentMichael Robinson3340.4

U.S. House of Representatives

2010 election

Republican Congresswoman Ginny Brown-Waite made the decision not to run for re-election in the 5th Congressional District of Florida, due to health concerns. She quietly asked Nugent to run for her seat and he agreed.[16] Rich Nugent easily won the Republican primary. He was endorsed during his campaign by former Governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee,[17][18] as well as several Florida newspapers, including the Orlando Sentinel, Tampa Bay Times and the Tampa Tribune.[19]

Rich Nugent beat Tea Party favorite Jason Sager in the primary and bested Jim Piccillo (D) in the general election. The New York Times had rated this race as solidly Republican.[20] The Ocala online newspaper reported that In the 5th Congressional District, Nugent swept past Democrat Jim Piccillo, a political newcomer from Lutz, receiving 67 percent of the vote to 33 percent. The online newspaper reported Nugent as saying "“I want to thank all my supporters for their hard work and the hours they spent volunteering, but more importantly for their unflinching commitment to restoring America." Nugent went onto say “I am honored and humbled that the voters of the 5th Congressional District have chosen me to be their voice in Washington and I look forward to the weeks and months ahead.”[21]

Tenure

Richard B. Nugent was sworn into Congress on January 3, 2011 to represent the 5th Congressional District of Florida. He succeeded Congresswoman Ginny Brown-Waite, who chose not to run because of health concerns.

Congressman Nugent, in just two months as a member of Congress has co-sponsored 29 pieces of legislation, including H.R. 2 - Repeal of the Health Care Law Act, H.R.25 - The Fair Tax Act of 2011, H.R. 49 - American Energy Independence and Price Reduction Act, H.R. 121 - Congressional Budget Accountability Act, H.R. 127 - to deauthorize appropriation of funds to carry out the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, H.R. 144 - Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act of 2011, H.R. 154 - Defund the Individual Mandate Act, Hr. 177 - Death Tax Repeal Act, H.R. 178 - Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act, H.R. 333 - Disabled Veterans Tax Termination Act and H.R. 42` - To eliminate automatic pay adjustments for Members of Congress. Nugent has also co-sponsored several important House Resolutions, including H.J. Res.1 - Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States.[22]

Spending cuts

Congressman Nugent claims to be committed to fighting against what he terms out of control spending presently happening in Washington. He opposed the $700 billion bailout by President Bush, a temporaty fix for de-regulation of the banking and finance industries, two unfunded Bush era wars, and a decades-long wage decrease. He also opposed the Obama Administration's $862 billion stimulus package, which was an attempt by President Obama to bolster a damaged economy.

Nugent has pledged to fight to reduce spending in Washington because he views it as wasteful and because there is a lack of transparency, however, he is a member of the Tea Party Caucus with a list of right wing PACs 11 pages long, and continues to accept large donations from PACs, that fail to claim who the donors are. He also believes that parts of government spending (including the Health Care Law) are unconstitutional. He claims that his main reason for opposing continued deficit spending is simply that American families just cannot afford it anymore, though he never objects to war spending at $2 billion every 2 weeks. Nugent claims to believe that each American family's share of the national debt already stands at $118,000 and asks the question "what happens to these families when the federal government's bill comes due? though never addresses the problem of ever-rising costs, and continues to accept huge donations from Health Insurance Companies. He has signed on as a co-sponsor to both balanced budget amendments offered by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA).[23]

Social Security

Representative Nugent pledged during his Congressional campaign to do everything within his power to protect Social Security for our seniors. The Congressman stated repeatedly during his campaign that he believes in honor and integrity, because without it we are lost as a people. He believes that its most basic level Social Security is a promise pure and simple. Nugent stated that the American people have spent their whole working lives paying into a system with the explicit guarantee that they would be made whole in the end.[24]

Tax Reform

Congressman Nugent believes that taxes need to be low, predictable, and fair if America is going to thrive. During the campaign Nugent stated that he did not believe that any country can tax itself into prosperity. For that reason Nugent signed on as a co-sponsor of H.R. 25, better known as "The Fair Tax". This legislation introduced by Rep. Rob Woodall (R-GA) would abolish the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), repeal the federal income tax, and replace it with a clear and transparent tax on consumption.[25]

Veterans

The 5th Congressional District is home to more veterans than just about any other congressional district in the country. Nugent, who has three sons currently serving in uniform, has said that the issues affecting Veterans are never far from his mind.

Nugent believes that veterans have risked everything for this country, and we owe it to the brave men and women in uniform to make sure they get the benefits they have earned. Whether it means improving wait times at V.A. facilities, or making sure the kids coming back from overseas get access to the care and education that they need, He has pledged to ensure that we make good on our promise to America’s veterans and their families.[26]

Health Care Act

Congressman Nugent vigorously opposed the passage of President Obama's health care legislation and has vowed to work diligently for its repeal. Nugent believes it will add hundreds of billions of dollars to the federal deficit and do nothing to reduce costs. He is opposed to any cuts to Medicare and has vowed to fight to ensure that Americans can keep the coverage they already have. He supports common sense solutions that actually reduce the cost of healthcare for everyone.[27]

Committee assignments

Nugent currently serves on the Committee on House Administration[28] and the House Committee on Rules.[29]

Members of the Committee on House Administration are charged with the oversight of federal elections and the day-to-day operations of the House.[30] With the 112th Congress, two subcommittees were added to the Committee's jurisdiction, the Subcommittee on Elections and the Subcommittee on Oversight.[28] The Committee on Rules was first constituted in 1789. It is commonly known as "The Speaker's Committee" because it is the mechanism that the Speaker uses to maintain control of the House Floor.[31]

Congressman Nugent belongs to several House caucus groups, including the Congressional Sportsman's Caucus,[32] The Constitution Caucus,[33] The Military Family Caucus,[34] and the Tea Party Caucus.

Personal life

In 1975, Rich married the love of his life, Wendy. Together they have three boys. Their oldest son, Ryan, graduated from United_States_Military_Academy in 2004. Since his graduation he has served one year in South Korea, a 15 month combat tour in Afghanistan and is currently Captain and Company Commander of the US Army’s 82nd Airborne division. Rich and Wendy’s second son, Kyle, is an Army ROTC member at the University of Tampa. Upon his graduation in August 2010, he will be commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army Reserve. On May 22, 2010, Rich and Wendy returned to West Point to attend the commencement and commissioning of their youngest son, Casey. He is now a 2nd Lieutenant and will serve in the US Army’s 1st Infantry Division. The Nugent family have been members of the First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill since 1985.[9]

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Ginny Brown-Waite
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 5th congressional district

January 3, 2011 – present
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R-South Dakota
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