Republican Rep. Mike Hill, the Tea Party activist from Pensacola Beach, announced a huge fundraising haul of more than $48,000 in his first full quarter of fundraising to keep his House District 2 seat.
According to Hill’s campaign — currently he is running unopposed — the freshman lawmaker took in $48,401 through September 30. House District 2 covers sections of Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties and the cities of Pensacola, Pensacola Beach and Gulf Breeze.
Hill, who won the June special election to succeed the late Rep. Clay Ford, is the founder of the Northwest Florida Tea Party. In a special election earlier this year, he defeated Democrat Jeremy Lau with a substantial 57.88 percent of the vote.
After winning the HD 2 seat, Hill sponsored his first bill in September to reduce driver license and vehicle registration fees, raised in 2009 to close a budget shortfall. Similar fee reductions were mentioned as part of Gov. Rick Scott’s recent four-city tour promoting nearly $500 million in tax cuts next year.