Congressman Gus M. Bilirakis is a Republican from Palm Harbor,
representing Florida’s 12th Congressional District, which includes
all of Pasco and northern parts of Pinellas and Hillsborough
counties. He was first elected to Congress on November 7, 2006, and
is currently serving his fourth term in the United States House of
Gus serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee and
is Vice-Chairman of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee. He is a member
of the Republican Party's Whip Team, Chair of the Veterans’ Affairs
Task Force for the Republican Policy Committee, Co-Chairman of the
Military Veterans Caucus and Co-Chairman of the Congressional
Hellenic-Israel Alliance. 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, protecting veterans’ benefits, and
ensuring the long-term viability of Social Security and
The Energy and Commerce Committee is the
longest-standing committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. As
the only Florida Republican on the Committee, Gus continues to be a
strong voice for Florida, and his roles on the Health, Commerce,
Manufacturing and Trade, and Energy and Environment Subcommittees
are highly beneficial for our state.
Gus is also known for his work on behalf of veterans.
In his role as Vice-Chairman of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee and
a member of the Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs (DAMA)
Subcommittee, Gus continues to ensure our nation’s heroes remain a
Prior to being elected to Congress, Gus served four
terms in the Florida House of Representatives (1998-2006), where he
chaired several prominent panels, including Crime Prevention,
Public Safety Appropriations, and the Economic Development, Trade
and Banking Committee.
Gus earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the
University of Florida in 1986 and a J.D. from Stetson University in
1989. He interned for President Ronald Reagan and the National
Republican Congressional Committee, and worked for former U.S.
Representative Don Sundquist (R-TN). He also currently teaches
government classes at St. Petersburg College.
Gus and his wife, Eva, have four sons – Michael,
Teddy, Manuel, and Nicholas.