Background

At the start of his career, Mr. Ross practiced law in central Florida. He opened his own law firm, where he practiced for more than 20 years before making the decision to move his career to public service. He was elected to the 63rd district of the Florida House of Representatives in 2000, where he served an eight year term. In 2011, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and represented Florida’s 12th Congressional District for three years before running for the 15th Congressional District in 2012, where he resided until 2018. During his eight-year tenure in the House, he climbed the ranks to earn the position of senior deputy majority whip and served as a member of the House Committees on Financial Services and Oversight Government Reform.

Education

Mr. Ross first attended the University of Florida and then went on to receive his bachelor’s degree from the Auburn University in 1981 and his Juris Doctor from Samford University, Cumberland School of Law in 1987.

Admissions and Associations

Mr. Ross is a member of the Florida Bar and the Polk County Republican Executive Committee.  He served as Chairman from 1983 – 1995.

Personal

Mr. Ross has two sons and resides in Lakeland with his wife.