Rep. Bill Posey retains U.S. House seat representing Florida's Space Coast

Posey defeated local Democratic leader Sanjay Patel

Rep. Bill Posey
Rep. Bill Posey

Republican Bill Posey will remain Florida’s representative for District 8 after a majority of Florida voters on the Space Coast cast their ballots in his favor.

Posey, who lives in Rockledge, has served in the U.S. Congress since 2013 for Florida’s 8th District which includes parts of Brevard, Orange and Indian River counties.

Posey defeated his Democratic challenger, Sanjay Patel, 41, of Satellite Beach.

According to News 6 partner Florida Today’s editorial board, the two candidates found little to agree on during a recent political forum. Both had very different ideas for Florida’s health care, taxes, economy and national immigration policies.

Posey has lived in Florida for most of his life. He worked at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center until the end of the Apollo program.

During his time in the U.S. House, he has served on committees for science, space and technology and financial services.

During the last year, Posey voted yes on legislation that would criminalize abortions after 20 weeks, increase criminal penalties for people illegally in the U.S. who commit crimes and would withhold federal funds from local governments not following federal immigration laws.

Posey voted no on a farm bill that would provide funding for agricultural subsidies, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

To read more on Posey’s voting record, click here.


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