Florida House District 65 GOP hopeful Chris Sprowls received an endorsement on Friday from the Florida Medical Association PAC, the state’s foremost advocate for pro-medicine candidates.
Sprowls is running to unseat incumbent Democrat Rep. Carl “Z” Zimmermann in the district covering the cities of Tarpon Springs, Dunedin, Palm Harbor and East Lake.
“The Florida Medical Association is proud to endorse Chris Sprowls in his bid for Florida House of Representatives, District 65,” said FMA PAC President Dr. Ralph Nobo. “As a cancer survivor, Chris understands the importance of accessible and affordable healthcare for Floridians. We look forward to working with him in Tallahassee,”
“I’m proud to announce the endorsement of the Florida Medical Association and their thousands of members throughout the State of Florida who work day in and day out to provide innovative solutions to our healthcare challenges,” Sprowls said in a statement. “Making healthcare coverage more affordable and accessible is a goal we both share and I look forward to the opportunity to work with doctors and healthcare professionals from throughout Florida to make sure we have the most efficient and effective healthcare system in the world.”
Established in 1974, the FMA PAC supports state office candidates seeking to make Florida the best state to practice medicine. Through voluntary contributions from healthcare professionals, FMA researches and selects candidates who will advocate the medical profession. As Florida’s foremost medical PAC, FMA had raised over $1 million through the end of 2013.
As a high school senior, Chris Sprowls was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease, a form of cancer that primarily affects young people. After undergoing chemotherapy, he used the experience to help others suffering from various forms of cancer. After winning his fight against cancer, Sprowls attended the University of South Florida in Tampa, continuing to Stetson University School of Law in the fall of 2006.
Sprowls is currently an Assistant State Attorney for Florida’s Sixth Judicial Circuit, as well as serving as a special prosecutor in the Gang Unit of the district attorney’s office. He is former Chair of the American Bar Association’s Law Student Division, where he was a spokesperson for the group’s 60,000 members. Sprowls was also instrumental in creating the Stetson Law Veterans Advocacy Clinic, located in St. Petersburg.