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Frank Attkisson

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Preceded by  Irlo Bronson
Name  Frank Attkisson
Succeeded by  Mike Horner
Children  3
Party  Republican Party
Political party  Republican
Preceded by  John Pollet
Role  Politician

Frank Attkisson Frank Attkisson killed in bicyclecar crash Florida Politics
Constituency  Osceola, Orange, Okeechobee and Polk counties
Born  November 2, 1956 (age 59) St. Petersburg, Florida (1956-11-02)
Alma mater  Florida Southern College

Education  Florida Southern College

Frank C. Attkisson (November 2, 1955 – April 6, 2017) was a Florida politician. He served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2000 to 2008 and as the mayor of Kissimmee, Florida from 1996 to 2000. Attkisson was a former County Commissioner for Osceola County, Florida, having been defeated in 2014.

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Early life and education

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Attkisson was born in St. Petersburg, Florida. Before graduating from Winter Haven High School in 1973, Attkisson served as the Florida state president of National FFA Organization. Attkisson earned an associate's degree from Polk Community College in 1976 and a B.S. in Business Management from Florida Southern College in 1977. Attkisson began his career working for then-Governor Bob Graham in Tallahassee, Florida.

Career

After serving on the Kissimmee Planning Advisory Board, Attkisson was appointed to the Kissimmee City Commission to fill the vacancy left by mayor Bruce Van Meter resigning from the city commission in order to run for state representative. He resigned in 1992 to run for the Florida House of Representative seat held by Irlo Bronson, but Bronson won 55 percent of the vote. Attkisson returned to various positions serving the city of Kissimmee until 1996, when he was elected mayor.

Attkisson ran for the Florida House of Representatives seat held by Irlo Bronson once more in 2000, but this time Bronson was not incumbent due to term limits. Attkisson narrowly won over Democrat Donna Hart. He was reelected in 2002, 2004,and 2006. During his tenure in the Florida House, he was noted for his involvement in "Terri's Law" on the Terri Schiavo case and standardizing the minimum amount of acreage required for property owners to have the opportunity to attain the yearly agricultural tax break offered by the state. He was a member of the Education K-20, Education Appropriations, Local Government & Veterans Affairs, Business Regulation, Telecommunications, and the Finance and Tax Committees, and chaired the Education Innovation subcommittee and the Government Efficiency & Accountability Council (2006–2008).

In 2010 Attkisson was elected to the Osceola County Commission and in 2012 was elected as the Chairman of the board. Attkisson ran for reelection in 2014.

Personal life

Attkisson married in September 1979. He and his wife Juda had three children: Laura, Ben, and Chris.

While riding his bicycle, Attkisson was struck from behind by a motorist on the evening of April 6, 2017 in St. Cloud, Florida at Kissimmee Park Road (Route 525) near Lake Tohopekaliga Road. He was 61 years old.

References

Frank Attkisson Wikipedia


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