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. Larry’s first taste of business was shoveling snow for neighbors and delivering newspapers to nearby homes.

After serving in the United States Air Force for four years, Larry settled in St. Petersburg in 1978. At the age of 26, he started his own company, a swimming pool service and retail business, which grew to 20 employees and 600 clients over 25 years.

As a small business owner, Larry learned the importance of living within a budget and working hard. During his career, Larry represented the pool and spa industry on local and state boards and was recognized for his leadership skills by a statewide swimming pool association.

After selling his pool business, Larry increased his volunteer hours at his church and in his community. His service in the community includes volunteering for advisory boards, including the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Advisory Board and the Nuisance Abatement Board for the city of St. Petersburg, and on the Pastoral Council of St. Jude the Apostle Cathedral.

His desire to serve the community compelled him to enter politics for the first time in 2010 and run for a seat in the Florida House of Representatives. He was elected on Nov. 2, 2010, and re-elected in 2012, 2014 and 2016. For the 2017-2018 legislative terms, Larry is serving as Chairman of the Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee, Vice Chairman of the Post-Secondary Education Subcommittee, a member of the Careers & Competition Subcommittee and the Appropriations, Education and Public Integrity & Ethics committees.

Larry continues to stay active in the community through his church, local non-profit organizations and as a big brother through Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. He is married to Maureen Byrne Ahern, a former local journalist and longtime member of the community. They have three grown daughters, Lauren, Lindsay (Andrew) and Sarah (Chase), and a grandchild, 1-year-old Stella. Larry enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, reading, and playing golf and racquetball.