Thank you for the opportunity to serve in the Florida House of Representatives. Having raised a family and run a business in this community, I am honored by the privilege to represent you and to advocate for our views and values in Tallahassee.
It is the people who create our jobs, teach our children and protect our communities and nation. That’s why my focus in the Legislature is to keep government limited and the tax burden low. You deserve a government that is accountable and spends your tax dollars in the most effective and efficient way possible.
Your thoughts and opinions are very important to me. Please feel free to reach me through the Contact page. From this site you also can subscribe to our electronic updates. I look forward to hearing from you.
Larry Ahern grew up in a large family in a small town outside of Detroit, Mich. With seven brothers and one sister, he learned early on the value of responsibility, discipline and hard work.
Government does not create jobs – but it can create a stable economic climate. Florida must encourage its business owners and entrepreneurs by keeping taxes low, maintaining fiscal discipline and providing a diversified workforce – not relying on socalled stimulus funds.
The Larry Ahern Campaign has announced the endorsement of Associated Builders and Contractors, the leading trade association in both Florida and the United States for commercial builders and contractors.
ABC is dedicated to free market principles and the merit shop contracting philosophy of open and honest competition, said Steve Cona, president and CEO of the...
October 24, 2016
Florida Medical Association Backs Ahern
The Larry Ahern Campaign has announced the endorsement of the Florida Medical Association, the state's leading voice for physicians and their patients.
"We are very honored to have those in the healthcare community provide their support of our efforts," Ahern said. "I will continue to advocate for physicians so they can provide the best care...
October 12, 2016
Ahern Endorsed by Florida Business Group
The Larry Ahern Campaign has announced the endorsement of the Associated Industries of Florida, one of the state's leading business advocacy organizations.
"Coming from a business background myself, I am very honored to have AIF behind our campaign," Ahern said. "I appreciate the organization's support and look forward to working with AIF to keep Florida's...
October 11, 2016
Florida Farm Bureau-Pinellas Endorses Larry Ahern
The following article has been taken from SaintPetersBlog.com:
The Florida Farm Bureau-Pinellas has endorsed four Republicans running for re-election to the state House of Representatives.
Reps. Chris Latvala, House District 67, and Larry Ahern, HD 66, received contribution checks from Farm Bureau-Pinellas board members Leslie Waters and Fred Petty during the group’s annual dinner earlier this...
September 30, 2016
CLEARPAC Endorses Larry Ahern
The following press release was distributed by the Clearwater Regional Chamber:
CLEARPAC, the political committee affiliated with the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Chamber’s Board of Directors recognizes the importance of Election Day to the continuing success of local business. Focusing on business issues such as transportation funding, education, business regulation and worker’s...
September 26, 2016
The Florida Chamber of Commerce Endorses Larry Ahern
The following article is from the Florida Chamber of Commerce's website:
The Florida Chamber of Commerce announces its endorsement of Representative Larry Ahern for Florida House of Representative House District 66.
“Representative Larry Ahern has remained a staunch advocate of the Florida Chamber’s free enterprise principles and continues to put our state’s future needs first,” said...
September 26, 2016
Florida Chamber of Commerce Endorses Larry Ahern
I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Florida Chamber of Commerce for Florida House Representative, District 66. Since I was first elected in 2010, I have fought tirelessly on behalf of businesses throughout Florida. I will continue to fight to encourage job growth and eliminate burdensome regulations.
"Representative Larry Ahern has remained a...
July 21, 2016
National Federation of Independent Business Endorses Larry Ahern
The National Association of Independent Business has announced its endorsements in Central Florida's Florida House and Senate races and has endorsed Larry Ahern for State House District 66. NFIB is Florida's largest small-business association.
"Owning a small business myself for many years, I am honored to receive the endorsement and support of the National Federation...
July 19, 2016
Larry Ahern July 4th Independence Day Message
Maureen and I wish you and your family a blessed Independence Day. As we celebrate America's 240th birthday today, we are reflecting on the state of our Nation. Are we strong? (Reduction in military forces and cuts in the budget). Are we prosperous? (20 trillion in debt and Social Security near bankrupt). Are we...
July 4, 2016
Larry Ahern Attends & Supports A Great Kid Appreciation Day Community Event in Seminole
Thank you to everyone who brought their children out to the Kid Appreciation Day in Seminole! This was a great community event for families in our community. Special thanks to the City of Seminole Fire Rescue Department for participating!
Political advertisement paid for and approved by Larry Ahern, Republican, for Florida House of Representatives...
June 25, 2016
Larry Ahern Attends A Home Dedication & Speaks In Support Of Habitat For Humanity
I was honored to participate in the dedication and blessing of a family's new home June 17 with all the Volunteers from Habitat for Humanity!
CONGRATULATIONS to the Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County for dedicating an energy efficient and hurricane proofed house in Seminole! Habitat for Humanity is a great organization that helps...
June 17, 2016
The Florida Spearfishing Championship Was A Success In Clearwater Florida
The Florida Spearfishing Championship weigh in and awards ceremony was held this morning at the Clearwater Yacht Club in Clearwater Beach. Sports fishing is just one of the many amenities we enjoy in our paradise. Special thanks to the Florida Skin Divers Association for their strong support of our recreational fishing sports and our...
June 5, 2016
Larry Ahern Speaks At The Wounded Warrior Summit In Support Of Our Veterans
Larry Ahern was a featured speaker today in Tampa at The Department of the Navy’s Annual Wounded Warrior Hiring and Support Summit
-“Hiring Our Nation’s Heroes – Meet the Challenge, Hire a veteran!" Larry Ahern served in the United States Air Force for 4 years and is a strong supporter of our veterans and initiatives...
June 2, 2016
Larry Ahern Visits Pinellas Academy Of Math & Science
Larry Ahern completed a site visit to Pinellas Academy of Math & Science (PAMS) elementary and middle school, located in Clearwater, Florida. Larry had the opportunity to interact with the school Principal and teachers, the student government council, and visited with students in several classrooms. The students asked Larry great questions regarding several issues...
June 2, 2016
Larry Ahern Pays Tribute To Our Fallen Heroes At The Indian Rocks Memorial Day Service
On Saturday May 28, I was honored to participate as a guest speaker at the Indian Rocks Veterans Memorial Service. U.S. Congressman David Jolly and Largo City Manager Henry Schubert also served as guest speakers. This was an amazing heart warming event that paid tribute to our fallen heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice...
May 28, 2016
Larry Ahern Qualifies By Petition To Be On The Ballot In November 2016
I am very happy to report that I qualified by petition to be on the ballot in November 2016. A special thank you to all my supporters who rushed to help me last week to collect the last few needed to make it happen. You made my day! God bless you each and everyone!
May 25, 2016
Legislator of the Year Award
FLORIDA ALFA Honors Representative Ahern withLegislator of the Year AwardTallahassee, FL - The Florida Chapter of the Assisted Living Federation of America (FL ALFA) today presented Representative Larry Ahern (R-Seminole) with a Legislator of the Year award during a ceremony at Freedom Square, a Brookdale senior living community in Seminole, FL.
"Receiving the Legislator of...
October 17, 2014
You're Invited to a Meet & Greet
October 13, 2014
Team Ahern Working Hard
Team Ahern is bringing friends and families together! We're walking neighborhoods and talking about Larry Ahern with his legislation to lower flood insurance, his protection of seniors and the most vulnerable, funding education at the highest level in state history, over $40 million for beach re-nourishment, and making Florida the most veteran friendly state...
October 11, 2014
Ahern Commercial 2014
October 10, 2014
Tampa / St. Petersburg Tribune Endorses Larry Ahern
"...Ahern has proven to be a dependable conservative who has served his constituents well and is deserving of another term. For state House District 66, the Tribune recommends Larry Ahern."
FULL ARTICLE HERE
October 1, 2014
Standing Up to Duke; Standing Up for Consumers
Lately, several of my constituents have been sharing their frustration with me regarding Duke Energy and some of its business practices. This week, I joined Senator Jack Latvala and Representative...
September 30, 2014
Supporting our troops with www.CellPhonesForSoldiers.com
I met with residents of Freedom Square in Seminole, FL today. Their location is a drop-off station for recycling cell phones in support of www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com. Congressman David Jolly was there to thank the residents and promote the cause. We were joined by Seminole Vice Mayor Thom Barnhorn, Seminole City Council...
September 23, 2014
Campaign Office Grand Opening
September 17, 2014
Campaign Kick Off - Thursday, Nov. 21st
You are cordially invited by Honorary Hosts Speaker Will Weatherford, Speaker-Designate Steve Crisafulli, Chairman Richard Corcoran and Chairman Jose Oliva and the Host Committee to the Campaign Kick Off for Larry Ahern For State House District 66.
Jim & Janet Ahern
Hon. Thom Barnhorn
Hon. JJ Beyrouti
Hon. Nancy & Craig Bostock Hon. Jeff Brandes
Hon. Ken &...
November 15, 2013
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October 25, 2013
Adult Civil Citation Bill passes
Governor will get bill that Smart Justice proposed
Three years ago, Smart Justice filed a bill in the legislature that would codify Adult Civil Citations (ACC), a concept based on the very successful Juvenile Civil Citation concept created a quarter of a century ago ago by Tom Olk, the former CEO of DISC Village in Tallahassee.
Tom who is widely recognized by his peers as an outside-of-the-box thinker had an idea that adults who make a one-time mistake in the form of a nonviolent misdemeanor should have the chance to get behavioral health care treatment, if needed, and if they successfully complete the program will have the opportunity to keep that one encounter with law enforcement off their arrest record, thereby giving that individual a chance to succeed.
Original sponsors were
Sen. Greg Evers & Rep. Scott Plakon
The bill was filed in the 2016 session by then-Sen. Greg Evers (R-Pensacola)(deceased) and Rep. Scott Plakon (R-Longwood), and it passed every Senate committee unanimously, but was stalled in the House.
Since Sen. Evers was term-limited, Smart Justice asked Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-Tampa) to sponsor the bill again with Rep. Plakon in the House, and again it passed every Senate committee but again ran out of gas in the lower chamber.
Sen. Jeff Brandes & Rep. Larry Ahern
got the bill passed
This session, Sen. Brandes (left) again filed the bill, - SB 1392 with substantial changes to it, and Rep. Larry Ahern (R-Seminole) (right) picked-up the bill - HB 1197 (as he had done in the '17 session) and the two legislators ran with the bill and interestingly, it was the very last bill to pass on Friday, March 9th, the end of the regular 60-day session.
This year the ACC concept, a/k/a Prearrest Diversion, brought the concept under the control of State Attorney's in each of the 20 judicial circuits around the state.
State Attorneys will oversee Adult Civil Citations
Still today, there are only two circuits that have a program: the original model in Tallahassee and the one in Pinellas County initiated by former Smart Justice board member Sheriff Bob Gualtieri of Pinellas County.
2nd Circuit State Attorney Jack Campbell of Tallahassee and 8th Circuit State Attorney Bill Cervone of Gainesville were the impetus among the State Attorneys to push for acceptance of this novel approach to help adults not get an arrest record for a one-time, nonviolent mistake.
It will now be sent to the Governor for his review, and we hope that he will sign the bill into law.
Thank you's are in order to Sen. Brandes, Reps. Plakon and Ahern, Mr. Olk and SA's Campbell and Cervone for their steadfast efforts to encourage other parts of Florida to enact this revolutionary concept - the first in the nation.
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March 13, 2018 11:25 am
Adult Civil Citation Bill passes
Governor will get bill that Smart Justice proposed
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March 13, 2018 11:25 am
RT @FSUGOP: #FSUGOP was happy to join Sen. Baxley and Rep. Rommel, Clemons, and Ahern along with our friends from @AFPFlorida to celebrate…
March 9, 2018 5:34 pm
RT @richardcorcoran: We are rolling out a first-in-the-nation plan to arm teachers, so those who want to defend themselves, can. But first,…
February 26, 2018 10:51 pm
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February 26, 2018 8:49 pm
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February 24, 2018 10:41 am
We are working on Preventing another tragedy like the shooting that took 17 lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas... https://t.co/QepaFIlu2m
February 22, 2018 11:51 am
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February 10, 2018 11:49 am
RT @richardcorcoran: It's time for the Senate to pass our ban on sanctuary cities. Next week I am debating one of Florida's leading advocat…
February 10, 2018 11:48 am
As we enter week five of our 60 day session the pace is picking up. Budget bills will be heading to the floor on... https://t.co/Yz56R8zA45
February 5, 2018 3:37 pm
Chalk artists battled it out at the Capitol this year. Glad I didn’t have to decide who won!
February 4, 2018 8:13 pm