David Jolly

David Jolly


Guest commentary: Gulf red snapper data act could tame snapper rhetoric


While not quite a “silver bullet,” I would call it pretty darn close in describing U.S. Rep. David Jolly’s, R-Indian Shores, proposed H.R. 3521, the Gulf Red Snapper Data Improvement Act. Jolly’s resolution contains important measures that could not only enhance the entire Gulf of Mexico reef fishery management system, but also bridge a growing […] Read More

Congressman Jolly says U.S. needs strategy to destroy ISIS


Seminole, FL – Congressman David Jolly (FL-13) sent a letter to President Barack Obama today urging him to reconsider his current national security strategy to confront the threat of ISIS and other terror organizations. “Together with our allies and willing world partners, we must dramatically enhance our engagement with the enemy to accomplish one clear […] Read More

Congressman Jolly announces community project to promote literacy


Seminole, FL – Congressman David Jolly (FL-13) announced today that nine Little Free Libraries will be going up around Pinellas County.  Jolly made the announcement, while unveiling one of the libraries, outside the Greater Ridgecrest YMCA in Largo. “I am very grateful for our community partners for bringing free books into neighborhoods to help kids […] Read More

Congressman Jolly Calls Paris Attacks Barbaric


Seminole, FL – Below is a statement by Congressman David Jolly (FL-13) regarding the attacks in Paris. “It is with a heavy heart that we stand with the people of France and share our deepest condolences to the victims and their loved ones over these barbaric attacks.   We as a free world must unite against […] Read More

VA wrongly declares veterans dead, cuts off their benefits


Michael Rieker typically received his disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs at the first of every month. When the money didn’t show up in his bank account one morning earlier this year, the Vietnam veteran called the VA to ask why and got some unexpected news: he was dead. “I know that the […] Read More

Bill seeks better data, better fishery


Over the years, I, like many of you, have become frustrated with the state of fisheries management in our region. What’s especially frustrating is the lack of investment in more timely and accurate ways to collect the information we need to ensure that we keep fish populations and coastal businesses thriving. Millions of people in […] Read More

VA declares another veteran dead who is very much alive


Seminole, FL – Congressman David Jolly (FL-13) has sent a letter (attached) to Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald asking for an explanation as to why the agency declared yet another veteran dead, when the person was still very much alive.  It is at least the sixth such case in the Tampa Bay region […] Read More

Congressman Jolly Votes to Support U.S. Businesses


Seminole, FL – Congressman David Jolly (FL-13) on Tuesday voted to reauthorize the U.S. Export-Import Bank. “In a perfect free market I would prefer that the Export-Import Bank not be necessary. But the reality is 60 other nations provide loan guarantees that allow private sector companies to compete for international contracts,” Jolly said. The bank […] Read More

HUD should remove over-income tenants


Congressman David Jolly is right to demand that the Department of Housing and Urban Development stop letting people whose income exceeds allowable thresholds live in public housing. The Indian Shores Republican has called for a congressional investigation into the issue and, this week, threatened to pull $104 million from HUD’s budget if the agency fails […] Read More

Veterans must be free to choose medical care


The date is April 4, 1970. Sgt. 1st Class Gary Littrell is leading a battalion of 473 S. Vietnamese rangers through the Kontum province near the Laos border. Their mission is to seek out enemy combatants targeting U.S. special-forces camps in the region. Then all hell breaks loose. Read more.  Read More

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Committee Assignments


Congressman David W. Jolly represents Florida’s 13th Congressional District which covers most of Pinellas County. He was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in March of 2014.

Representative Jolly believes the first responsibility of Congress is to work, to govern, and to do so in a manner that represents the entire Pinellas County community.  Jolly believes Members of Congress should be thoughtful and deliberative in approaching the issues that are most critical to our community and to the nation, and should always seek to work together on critical issues like veterans’ healthcare, job growth, and reducing taxes and eliminating the national debt.  Most importantly, Jolly believes each of these issues must be approached in the context of Constitutional authority, recognizing the 10th Amendment authority of the states, the co-equal responsibility and authority of the Congress and the President, and the fundamental individual liberty provided to all Americans.

To improve the effectiveness of the Congress, Jolly has formally called on Congress to be in session more days and to require that a work week in Washington is actually a full week.  Jolly wants Congress to be in session from Monday morning through Friday evenings, the same work week of virtually every other American.

On veterans’ healthcare, Jolly has been a leader in the ongoing fight to protect and provide for our nation’s veterans.  As a member of the House Veterans Affairs’ Committee, Jolly cosponsored and fought for passage of the recently enacted emergency veterans’ healthcare reform legislation.  This measure improves healthcare for veterans by creating more private sector options for care, authorizing additional medical staff, and increasing the number of healthcare facilities.  But Jolly wants to do more.  Jolly wants to give every veteran a true choice card to provide each veteran complete control of their healthcare – veterans should be able to choose if they want to receive care within the Veterans Health Administration, the Department of Defense facilities, or private sector providers, and they should be able to choose the types of treatments that are most effective for them.  Jolly has likewise made it a commitment and priority of his office to assist the many veterans of Pinellas County with benefit claims and other casework matters that can be critical to the quality of life for those who have served our nation in uniform.

Fighting for our local economy, Jolly has moved swiftly to address rising flood insurance rates by introducing legislation to broaden recent relief measures, but wants to see additional relief for businesses and homeowners by insisting on a reinsurance plan that diversifies both risks and costs across all regions of the country and across all natural disaster hazards.  Jolly has championed beach renourishment projects that can reduce the costs of storm damage, provide vital pre-storm mitigation and habitat protection, and provide for our local economy that depends very much on hospitality and tourism.   And Jolly has been a steadfast advocate on behalf of our recreational and commercial fishing industry, fighting for additional research to assess and ultimately improve fish stocks, addressing the lionfish epidemic, and fighting for increased funding to benefit water quality, oil spill recovery efforts, and the health of our Tampa Bay estuary.

In fighting to lower taxes, Jolly has introduced common sense legislation to make sure no one individual must ever give more to government than they keep for themselves.  Jolly believes the individual should be empowered before government, and therefore we must look at the total level of taxation of an individual from all forms of government and taxing authorities – including federal, state and municipal taxes, property and utility taxes, fuel and energy taxes, and dozens of other taxing authorities.  Jolly believes that only by aggregating the true level of taxation on any one individual can the nation begin to seriously address tax reform that empowers individuals and families.

Calling the national debt the biggest threat to America’s security, Jolly believes we must finally reach consensus on broad budget reforms that finally implement the necessary changes to the federal government while protecting benefits that have been promised to individuals, promises that rightfully should be relied on.  Jolly believes that individuals should not have to unduly bear the burden of the past failed leadership of Washington.  Jolly also believes there are simple measures we can enact today, and accordingly joined colleagues in introducing bipartisan legislation to cut approximately $102 billion of government spending over 10 years by rooting out waste, improving government efficiency, and eliminating pensions for government employees convicted of certain crimes.

Determined to protect healthcare choices for seniors, Jolly has cosponsored bipartisan legislation that would address the growing cost of prescription drugs and allow Medicare recipients to appeal coverage decisions for medicines.  Jolly also supports reforming limitations on the coverage of durable medical equipment upon which so many seniors depend.  Jolly is a member of several caucuses, including those addressing research and treatment for pediatric cancer, lupus, and Tourette syndrome, and has likewise championed issues of the Spinal Muscular Atrophy community.

A supporter of an individual’s Constitutional right to lawfully and responsibly possess a firearm, Jolly has cosponsored several measures that protect the rights of responsible individuals to lawfully own firearms, while also insisting on stricter penalties and effective measures to prevent firearm ownership by those who intend to break the law and cause harm.

An attorney by profession, Jolly’s prior career included the practice of law, creating and operating several small businesses, and working in a professional staff role with the United States Congress.

The youngest of three siblings, Jolly was born in Dunedin, FL and is the son of a minister.  Jolly received his Bachelor of Arts in History from Emory University and later received his law degree from George Mason University.  Jolly lives in Indian Shores, FL.

Serving With

Jeff Miller


Ted Yoho


Ander Crenshaw


Ron DeSantis


John Mica


Bill Posey


Daniel Webster


Rich Nugent


Gus Bilirakis


Dennis Ross


Vern Buchanan


Tom Rooney


Curt Clawson


Mario Diaz-Balart


Carlos Curbelo


Ileana Ros-Lehtinen