2407 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
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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