MEET LARRY

MEET LARRY 2018-05-10T19:10:43+00:00

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.

Larry stays active in the community through his church and local non-profit organizations and was 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 daughters, Lauren, Lindsay (Andrew) and Sarah (Chase), and a granddaughter, 2-year-old Stella. He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, reading, and playing golf and racquetball.

After selling his business, Larry increased his volunteer hours at his church and in his community, 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. He was appointed to serve on the Pinellas County Charter Review Commission from 2015-2016.

Larry’s 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. As a Conservative, he brought his common-sense, business approach to serving constituents and finding solutions. During his time in the Legislature, Larry sponsored bills that lower taxes, reduce regulations, provide more school choice, support first responders and veterans, and protect seniors and unborn children.

When the Federal government’s failure to act on Flood Insurance created a crisis for local homeowners, Larry passed legislation creating a private, Florida-based marketplace that offered lower rates. He was a leader in protecting women and unborn children with the passage of the Unborn Victims of Violence Act. Responding to the identity theft crisis in Florida, Larry passed a bill that gives law enforcement more tools to get criminals off the streets. Citing the need to better protect our seniors in Assisted Living Facilities without overburdening the businesses that provide these communities, Larry passed a bill that worked for all stakeholders.

Larry has received the Americans for Prosperity Florida’s Champions of Economic Freedom designation, 2013-2017; The American Conservative Union Foundation’s Conservative Excellence Award, 2018; an A rating from the Florida Chamber of Commerce, 2018; Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., Friend of Free Enterprise Award; Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida, President’s Honor Roll, 2017; Boys & Girls Club of the Suncoast, Legislative Champion Award, 2016; Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops, Defensor Vitae Award, 2016; Florida Health Care Association, Champion for the Elderly Award, 2014; City of Seminole, Certificate of Recognition: Fabulous Floridian, 2014; Florida Assisted Living Federation of America, Legislator of the Year Award, 2014; Florida Health Care Association, Champion for the Elderly Award, 2014; Suncoast League of Cities, Legislative Appreciation Award, 2014; Florida Swimming Pool Association, Legislator of the Year Award, 2013; Personal Enrichment through Mental Health Services (PEMHS), Recognition Award for Support, 2013; Pinellas County Farm Bureau, Recognition Award for Support, 2013; Pinellas County Osteopathic Medical Society, Legislator of the Year Award, 2013.

GOP Principles

I Believe…The proper function of government is to do for the people those things that have to be done but cannot be done, or cannot be done as well, by individuals, and that the most effective government is government closest to the people.

I Believe…Good government is based upon the individual and that each person’s ability, dignity, freedom and responsibility must be honored and recognized.

I Believe…Free enterprise and the encouragement of individual initiative and incentive have given this nation an economic system second to none.

I Believe…Sound money management should be our goal.

I Believe…That Americans value and should preserve their feeling of national strength and pride, and at the same time share with people everywhere a desire for peace and freedom and the extension of human rights throughout the world.

I Believe…The Republican Party is the best vehicle for translating these ideals into positive and successful principles of government.