A second generation Greek-American, Gus Bilirakis was born on February 8, 1963 in Gainesville, Florida. Elected to Congress in 2007, it has been one of the great honors of Gus’s life to serve Florida’s Twelfth Congressional District.
Gus earned his B.A. degree from the University of Florida and then achieved his law degree from Stetson University College of Law. Upon graduation, Gus went straight to work at his family’s law firm, while also serving eight years in the Florida House of Representatives.
Since Gus arrived in Washington, he has made an effort to work across the aisle to get results for our community. With 27 bills he authored signed into law between 2015 and 2018, Congressman Bilirakis was recently designated as the Most Effective Lawmaker in the State of Florida by the Center for Effective Lawmaking at Vanderbilt University.
Gus serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee and the Veterans’ Affairs Committee. He is the Ranking Member of the VA Economic Opportunities Subcommittee and a Member of the VA Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs, Health Subcommittee and Communications and Technology Subcommittee.
Working in a bipartisan manner, his main priorities include controlling government spending, creating jobs for middle class Americans, finding ways for government to operate smaller and smarter, and lowering taxes. He is also committed to strengthening homeland security, improving education, increasing access to quality health care, lowering the cost of prescription drugs, protecting Veterans’ benefits, ensuring the long-term viability of Social Security and Medicare, and improving emergency preparedness and response.
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