NRA endorses Joe Negron for re-election in SD 32

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State Sen. Joe Negron picked up the endorsements Thursday from both the National Rifle Association and Unified Sportsmen of Florida for his re-election bid for Florida Senate District 32.

Both organizations gave the Treasure Coast Republican high marks, including an A+ rating from the NRA, the highest possible.

“Joe Negron is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, self-defense and anti-crime issues as a member of the Florida Senate,” said past NRA president Marion Hammer, who is also executive director of Unified Sportsmen of Florida.

“His active support of issues that are important to firearms owners, as well as his pro-sportsmen, pro-Second Amendment, pro-freedom record has earned him not only our endorsement, but our gratitude as well,” she added.

Prior to his election to the Senate in August 2009 Negron was a member of the Florida House from 2000 to 2006, serving as chair of the House Appropriations Committee from 2005 to 2006 and co-chair of the House Taxpayer Protection Caucus from 2003 to 2006.

Negron was also co-chair of the Attorney General Bill McCollum Transition Team in 2007.

 “The foundation of our country was built upon certain fundamental rights, including the right to bear arms, which is something I take very seriously,” Negron responded in a statement. “If re-elected to serve Senate District 32, I pledge to uphold the Second Amendment and protect this constitutional right for all Floridians.”

Negron, who serves as chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, represents parts of Indian River, Martin, Palm Beach and St. Lucie Counties. He also is a member of the Senate Select Committee on Indian River Lagoon and Lake Okeechobee Basin, alternating chair of the Joint Legislative Budget Commission, and sits on both the Senate Committee on Banking and Insurance and Rules Committee.

A native Floridian, Negron was born in West Palm Beach and currently resides in the Treasure Coast with his wife, Rebecca, and their three children.

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