Gus Bilirakis Biography
Gus Bilirakis is an American politician born on February 8, 1963 in Gainesville, Florida, United States. He is the U.S. Representative for Florida’s 12th congressional district, serving since January 2007. He is a member of the Republican Party.
Gus Bilirakis Age
Gus Bilirakis was born on February 8, 1963 (he is 56 years old as of 2019)
Gus Bilirakis Salary
Gus Bilirakis earns a salary of $ 174,000 annually.
Gus Bilirakis Net worth
Gus Bilirakis has an estimated net worth of $4 million.
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Gus Bilirakis Family
Gus Bilirakis was born to Micheal Bilirakis (father) and Evelyn Bilirakis (mother). His grandfather owned a local bakery where Bilirakis worked when he was at a young age. Gus
Gus Bilirakis Wife
Gus Bilirakis married Eva Bilirakis. The couples were blessed with four children.
Gus Bilirakis Children
Gus Bilirakis has four children Manuel Bilirakis (son), Micheal Bilirakis (son), Teddy Bilirakis (son) and Nicholas Bilirakis (son)
Gus Bilirakis Education
Gus Bilirakis graduated from Tarpon Springs High School and St. Petersburg Junior College. He later jioined the University of Florida, where he graduated with a degree in bachelor of political science.
Gus Bilirakis Florida
Gus Bilirakis was elected in the Florida House of Representatives in 1998 when he won the District 48 seat held for 10 years by Representative Sandy Safley, R-Clearwater, who decided not to run again. The district that he rules it covers most of north Pinellas County, and some part of Pasco County, and some part of Hillsborough County.
Gus Bilirakis Committees
During his time in Tallahassee (1998–2006), he chaired several prominent panels including Crime Prevention, Public Safety Appropriations, and the Economic Development, Trade, & Banking Committee.
- Committee on Energy and Commerce
- Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection
- Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
- Committee on Veterans’ Affairs (Vice Chair)
- Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity
- Subcommittee on Health
- Republican Study Committee
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- Congressional NextGen 9-1-1 Caucus
- Congressional Hellenic-Israeli Alliance
Gus Bilirakis House of Representatives
In 2016, Michael Bilirakis announced his retirement after 24 years in Congress, and Gus Bilirakis immediately jumped into the race to succeed his father in what was then the 9th District. He defeated Hillsborough County Commissioner Phyllis Busansky in the general election with 55 percent of the vote to become the district’s second representative. He has been reelected three more times with no substantive opposition. He is a member of the Republican Party’s Whip Team and of Chair of the Veterans’ Affairs Task Force for the Republican Policy Committee. Additionally, Bilirakis serves as a Co-Chair of the Congressional Military Veterans in the Caucus of Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues.
He led his platforms efforts to enhance the United States’ visa screening and the capabilities of playing a key role in efforts and strengthen to America’s borders; most notably passing legislation to enhance the collection of biometric information from migrants captured at sea who are seeking illegal entry to the United States. He successfully placed legislative initiatives in the 9/11 recommendations bill that was signed into law to increase America’s rail and public transportation security. He is also a leading sponsor on the legislation to create a nationwide Silver Alert program. He is a signer of the Taxpayer Protection and Pledges.
In 2010, he signed a pledge sponsored by Americans for Prosperity promising to vote against any Global Warming legislation that would raise taxes. On September 29, 2008, he was voted against the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008. During the April 10, 2014 he introduced the Travel Promotion, to an Enhancement, and Modernization Act of 2014 Act (H.R. 4450; 113th Congress), a bill that would extend the provisions of the Travel Promotion Act of 2009 (Pub.L. 111–145), which established the Corporation for Travel Promotion (also known as Brand USA), through September 30, 2020, and impose new performance and procurement requirements on the corporation.
Gus Bilirakis Controversies
On February 11, 2017, Gus Bilirakis he hosted a townhall in Pasco County, Florida where he was faced with several protesters angry over the potential repeal of the Affordable Healthcare Act, when the chairman of the GOP in the county, Bill Akins repeated the now debunked claim that the ACA contains “what is effectively known as death panels.” Biliarkis nodded in agreement and later told CNN that “The board exists, OK? And I’ve voted to repeal the board.” Congressman Biliarkis seemed to equate the death panel with the Independent Advisory Board, a 15-member committee that issues recommendations for reducing healthcare costs, subject to congressional oversight and approval.
In October 2018, he released a campaign advertisement to tout his work fighting opioids in Pasco County, Floriday. In the advertisement, Bilirakis took credit for a law he did not have a hand in crafting. The 30-second ad flashed text about a “Bilirakis INTERDICT ACT” as Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said Bilirakis is “giving us the tools to do our job and get traffickers off the street.” The INTERDICT Act provides funding and equipment to U.S. Customs and Border Protection for detecting imported fentanyl. But Bilirakis was neither a sponsor nor one of 18 co-sponsors, making it unclear how it is the “Bilirakis INTERDICT Act.
Gus Bilirakis Political positions
He supported the Health care and repealing of Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), he then voted for a favour Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.
Gus Bilirakis Gun control
From 2015-2016, he accepted a total amount $2,000 in direct campaign contributions from the NRA’s Political Victory Fund; As of 2017, Bilirakis has an “A” rating from the NRA, indicating a voting record that is generally pro-gun rights. He as the U. S. Congressman, he voted for pieces of legislation pertaining to firearms. He supported H. R. 38, which would enable concealed carry reciprocity among all States if and when it is signed into law. On March 2017, he voted to favor the Veterans and Second Amendment act Protection, which, if signed was to be a law, and would prohibit, any case arising out of the administration of laws and benefits by the Department of Veterans Affairs, any person who is mentally incapacitated, deemed mentally incompetent, or experiencing an extended loss of consciousness, of the right to receive or transport firearms, without the order or finding of a judicial authority of competent jurisdiction. Following the 2017 Las Vegas shooting, Bilirakis signed a letter written to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives urging them to reevaluate the legal status of bump stocks, though no action has been taken as of March 2018.
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WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Tarpon Springs, announced that public safety legislation directed at operators of so-called pirate radio passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday (Feb. 26). The legislation, which Bilirakis co-authored U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, D-NY, would increase penalties for anyone caught engaging in unlawful broadcasting, sometimes referred to as ‘pirate radio.’ Pirate signals can pose a significant threat to public safety, oftentimes disrupting Federal Aviation Administration operations, the Emergency Alert System and other tools relied upon by first responders engaged in protecting public safety.
“We need to make sure that these illegal operators do not interfere with public safety communications,”Bilirakis said. “These illegal actors not only hurt our economy, but they can prevent people from receiving important emergency information during a crisis. This bill will give teeth to enforcement of illegal radio operators by hitting them in their pocketbook and better stop these illegal actors for good. “As part of my work on the Energy and Commerce Committee, I look forward to passing a similar bill to increase penalties in order to combat illegal robocalls, which have skyrocketed in recent years.
These calls are not only a nuisance and a tool used to defraud vulnerable populations, they have become a legitimate threat to our public information system.” The PIRATE Act is an acronym that stands for Preventing Illegal Radio Abuse Through Enforcement Act.The bill is nearly identical to legislation of the same name that passed the House last year. It has been assigned the new designation H.R. 583 for the new legislative session.The new bill has been endorsed by the National Association for Broadcasters, New York State Broadcasters Association, and the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters. He represents Florida’s 12th Congressional District, which includes all of Pasco and northern parts of Pinellas and Hillsborough