David Jolly

David Jolly

FLORIDA's 13th DISTRICT

Stop Act gains more Cosponsors with Grayson and Boyle

2016/04/28

Seminole, FL – U.S. Representative David Jolly’s (FL-13) landmark legislation banning Members of Congress from personally asking for money gained two more cosponsors today.  U.S. Representatives Brendan Boyle (PA-13) and Alan Grayson (FL-9) have joined a bipartisan coalition pushing for the passage of the Stop Act (H.R. 4443). “Republicans, Democrats and Independents can all agree […] Read More

On 60 Minutes Rep. Jolly calls dialing for dollars “shameful”

2016/04/28

Seminole, FL – In case you missed it, Congressman David Jolly (FL-13) appeared on CBS’ 60 Minutes tonight and called the practice of U.S. Representatives dialing for dollars “shameful.” The 60 Minutes story highlighted the amount of time members spend on the phone instead of doing the job they were elected to do. You can […] Read More

Are Members of Congress becoming telemarketers?

2016/04/27

The American public has a low opinion of Congress. Only 14 percent think it’s doing a good job. But Congress has excelled in one way. Raising money. Members of Congress raised more than a billion dollars for their 2014 election. And they never stop. Nearly every day, they spend hours on the phone asking supporters […] Read More

Rep. David Jolly condemns Congress’ “telemarketing” culture

2016/04/27

In the “60 Minutes” report on fundraising practices of sitting members of Congress, Rep. David Jolly, R-Fla., revealed some of his colleagues even sacrificed family vacation to dial for campaign dollars. “You can see them come and go from the call suites at both the Democratic headquarters and the Republican headquarters and you can tell […] Read More

Nurses thrust into guard duty at federal prisons

2016/04/27

Nurses, physical therapists and other senior medical staffers in the Federal Bureau of Prisons have been routinely assigned guard duties and other security-related shifts to fill chronic personnel gaps, despite critical health care shortages throughout the vast prison system. The reassigned medical staffers are being drawn from the ranks of the uniformed U.S. Public Health Service (PHS), […] Read More

U.S. Reps. Jolly and Graham send bipartisan letter to President requesting additional funding for Israeli defense

2016/04/20

(Seminole, FL) – U.S. Representatives David Jolly (FL-13) and Gwen Graham (FL-2) authored a bipartisan letter to President Barack Obama today calling on him to support a substantial increase in military assistance to Israel during the current bilateral negotiations on a Memorandum of Understanding between the two nations. Reps. Jolly and Graham were joined by […] Read More

Georgia delegation should look at flood plan

2016/03/31

Georgia’s delegation to Washington is hopefully paying attention to what members of Congress from Florida are trying to achieve in the lawmaking body. Reps. David Jolly and Gus Bilirakis, both Republicans from the Sunshine State, have introduced the Flood Insurance Rate Increase Suspension Act. In essence, the legislation simply says the Federal Emergency Management Agency […] Read More

U.S. Rep. David Jolly meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

2016/03/29

(March 29, 2016, Jerusalem) – U.S. Rep. David Jolly today met privately with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss national security issues in the Middle East, the continuing role of Iran in backing acts of terror against Israel, Iran as a potential security threat, and the need for a continued security partnership with the […] Read More

Congressmen Jolly and Bilirakis Move to Protect Florida Homeowners from Flood Insurance Rate Increase

2016/03/29

Seminole, FL – Congressman David Jolly (FL-13) and Congressman Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) have introduced legislation to protect Florida homeowners from impending increases in flood insurance rates.  The Flood Insurance Rate Increase Suspension Act (H.R. 4866), which was filed on March 24 by the bay area Republicans, would delay any increase in flood insurance premium rates […] Read More

VA Encouraged to Expand Canine Therapy Thanks to Congressman Jolly

2016/03/24

Seminole, FL – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is being encouraged to expand its research on canine therapy to validate its therapeutic effectiveness in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injuries (TBI).   Congressman David Jolly (FL-13) was able to include the directive in the Fiscal Year 2017 House appropriations measure funding […] Read More

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Contact Information

2407 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-5961
Fax 202-225-9764
jolly.house.gov

Committee Assignments

Appropriations

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.


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Ted Yoho

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Ron DeSantis

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John Mica

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Bill Posey

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Daniel Webster

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Rich Nugent

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Gus Bilirakis

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Dennis Ross

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Vern Buchanan

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Tom Rooney

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Curt Clawson

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Carlos Curbelo

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