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#18 on list of Tampa Bay’s Most Powerful Politicians — Dennis Ross

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Dennis Ross, initially elected in 2010 to Florida’s 15th Congressional District that had been held by Adam Putnam, thumped Jim Lange, his Democratic rival last fall, 58 to 42 percent. As the senior GOP deputy House majority whip, Ross has mostly been a steadfast backer of President Donald Trump and spoke out enthusiastically upon the successful passage of the American Health Care Act in early May. “After seven long years, Americans across Florida and the entire nation can breathe a…

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Dennis Ross announces host of A-list congressional committee appointments

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Dennis Ross gets a greater say in the nation’s financial policy, now that the Lakeland Republican is on several high-profile congressional subcommittees, including some that address issues in banking and consumer credit. Ross, who serves Central Florida’s 15th Congressional District, announced Friday he has been tapped for subcommittees of both the House Committees of Financial Services and Oversight and Government Reform – both known as “A” list committees. In a statement, the Senior Deputy Whip said he will also serve…

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It’s not the party, it’s the after party: Where to find Tampa Bay candidates on election night

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Election night parties will be raging across the state Tuesday. For some, it’s a chance to pop some bottles and celebrate. For others, it will be a somber event, marking the last hurrah of a long, hard-fought campaign. Want to party like a politician? Here’s a rundown of where candidates will be as the polls close. U.S. Senate It was one of the most-watched U.S. Senate races this election cycle. And on Tuesday night, both Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep.…

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Dennis Ross returns to Washington after heart surgery rehab

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U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross, who underwent heart surgery Aug. 9, is returning to Washington Monday to resume his congressional work. “We have votes at 6:30 p.m. (in full session) then it is business as usual Tuesday with a Financial Services Committee meeting,” the Lakeland Republican said. Ross, who turns 57 Oct. 18, has been recuperating from the surgery in Orlando to repair a heart defect he has had since birth. He missed the first week of Congress’ reconvening after its…

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Florida congressional races start fall with lopsided campaign cash

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In 20 of Florida’s 26 contested congressional races this fall, one major party nominee escaped from last Tuesday’s primaries with more than five times as much cash-on-hand as the other major party’s candidate. And in many cases, the cash gap heading into the fall is so overwhelming that one party’s congressional nominee’s bank account would barely be a rounding error for the other party’s nominee. In 15 of the districts, one nominee has at least 30 times as much money as…

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Dennis Ross to undergo routine heart surgery, promises a ‘positive campaign’

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U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross will undergo surgery Tuesday in Orlando to repair a heart defect he has had since birth. As reported by the Ledger of Lakeland, Ross was born with a bicuspid aortic valve, which if left untreated could develop into an aneurysm and become life threatening. “Upon informing some of my family and friends of my scheduled surgery, many were surprised that as a lawyer and politician I even had a heart,” Ross joked in a statement Monday.…

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Dennis Ross makes official announcement; running for fourth term

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A fourth two-year term in Congress is what U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross, a Lakeland Republican, is wishing for. On Thursday, Ross, 56, made his official announcement for the post in the three counties of his 15th Congressional District after redistricting orders from the Florida Supreme Court, warning of terrorism and the national debt. “Our work is not done. I firmly believe that these next two years are the most important two years in our lifetime. Our safety and security are at…

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