District 71 currently covers the area around the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in Manatee County to Siesta Drive in Sarasota County, and includes most areas west of Tamiami Trail.
Speaking about why he chose to seek a seat in the Florida House, he said, “As a student of the law and an advocate for the people, I’m concerned that public policy is out of balance in Tallahassee.” Tebrugge continued, “I felt compelled to run to give a voice to the people of Manatee and Sarasota counties.”
Tebrugge is more than familiar with the area. He served as an assistant public defender for 23 years in Manatee, Sarasota and DeSoto counties, before running unsuccessfully for the top spot in 2008. The next year, he opened a private law office in Bradenton.
A Sarasota resident, Tebrugge also served as president of the Sarasota County Civic League, vice-chairman of the Sarasota Police Advisory Panel and most recently, as chairman of the Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness in Manatee and Sarasota counties.