A compilation of Thanksgiving message from Florida’s elected officials and politicians.
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, via Twitter:
“We should give thanks everyday, but the fact we as a nation dedicate a day to gratitude is a great testament to our country.”
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz:
“On behalf of our Democratic family, I wish Americans everywhere a wonderful Thanksgiving. For millions of families and friends celebrating tomorrow, it is a day of rest and celebration of family, while for countless others in our diplomatic corps and members of the military it is a day to work abroad in the defense, protection, and promotion of our nation, our values, and ideals.
“Here at the Democratic Party, we are thankful for President Obama’s strong leadership which brought us back from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, giving us much to appreciate after so many families lost jobs, homes, and a sense of confidence just a few short years ago.
“Still, this Thanksgiving, we know there is much to do, and that we need to keep America moving forward. This holiday weekend, Democrats will be thinking of the many people here at home and around the world, working hard for themselves and their families but struggling with violence, poverty or illness.
“On a day in which we celebrate a remarkable voyage by pilgrims seeking religious freedom and the helping hand they found on our shores, I can’t help but be reminded that we’re a better people and a better nation when we come together and strive to lift others up. That’s what the Democratic Party stands for – creating more opportunity for people – and we are inspired to work toward this goal each and every day, especially at the holidays.”
U.S. Rep Gwen Graham:
“I have a lot to be thankful for today.
“This year, I’ve had the incredible opportunity to go to work for North Florida’s families by serving Florida’s 2nd District in Congress.
“And at every step, I’ve had the support of thousands of generous people just like you who’ve been ready to breakthrough the business-as-usual Washington gridlock to make real change for hardworking families across the country.
“For that Peter, I’m truly thankful.
“Just as you’ve stood with me since Day One, I know that if we all come together and stand with each other, our community and our country will be stronger for it.
“And to me Peter, that’s what Thanksgiving is all about: Celebrating the strength of our communities — however big or small — when we join together to give humbled thanks for what we have.
“So as you come together today with friends and family, I want you to know how grateful I am for folks like you, and I hope you share your gratitude with those around you.
“From my family to yours, I hope you enjoy a day of reflection, good food, and hopefully some great football!”
Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater:
“Like you, I am reflecting on the many blessings 2015 has brought to my family and me. I hope your Thanksgiving holiday is full of good food, even better company, and an appreciation of the protection and freedom we’re afforded. Thanksgiving is a wonderful reminder of all we have to be grateful for — we live in a country in which we can celebrate freely, speak freely, and live freely.
“While most of us will be carving turkeys, watching football, and spending time with our families, many dedicated members of our armed forces won’t be a phone call or short drive away from their loved ones. They’ll be many time zones, many miles and many missed memories away from their families — standing in harm’s way to defend the freedoms we enjoy each day. For their service, the sacrifices they willingly make, and their selfless commitment to our country, we should be most humbly grateful. There are also many first responders who will spend Thanksgiving in their firehouses, patrol cars, or hospitals. These remarkable men and women sacrifice holidays with their families to ensure that the rest of us can enjoy a peaceful and safe one with ours. As you reflect on the things we all have to be thankful for, include them in your expressions of gratitude, thank them when you see them, and remember that even if they are at the periphery of your thoughts, you are at the center of theirs.
“There are many things to be thankful for–loved ones, Florida’s beautiful weather, a weekend full of rivalry football games to name a few–but let’s strive to keep those who keep us safe, who can’t be with their families this season, in our thoughts today. I’m thankful for them, for this great state we call home, and for the many blessings that have been bestowed upon us.”
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State Senator Thad Altman, via Twitter:
“As we celebrate # I’m grateful for our military and their families who await their safe return.”
State Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto:
“During this Thanksgiving season, I am reminded of all we have to be grateful for. First and foremost, as a mother, I am thankful to have the ability to spend this holiday with my son Austin and daughter Gabriella. Also, I am thankful that you have placed your trust in me to serve on your behalf in the Florida Senate. It is an honor to serve beautiful Southwest Florida.
“In the United States of America we have a great number of things to be thankful for, but paramount among them are the service members who sacrifice greatly to protect our freedom. Let us remember our military families, especially those who are waiting for a loved one to return home.
“We should also take time to thank the police, firefighters, and other first responders who continue to protect our community as we celebrate with family and friends. I encourage us all to take the time today to reflect on the blessings in your life, remember those less fortunate, and look to the future of our great country with hope.”
“From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving.”
State Senator Jeff Brandes:
“With Thanksgiving upon us, I hope this past year has given you many reasons to be thankful. I’m certainly thankful for the privilege of serving you and giving back to our community.
“This holiday provides us the opportunity to relax, spend time with loved ones, and enjoy the many things that make Tampa Bay such a wonderful place to live. So from my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!”
State Senator Bill Galvano:
State Senator John Legg, via Twitter:
“We should be # everyday for our bounty of blessings & opportunities. God bless our service members.”
State Senator Maria Sachs, via Twitter:
“We have so much to be thankful for. My thoughts to our men and women in the armed forces who may not be home for # this year.”
State Representative Dennis Baxley:
“There is always, always, always something to be thankful for. … Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving with many blessings!”
State Representative Jim Boyd, via Twitter:
“Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy the day with your family and friends.”
State Representative Bob Cortes:
“As we continue our great American tradition of setting aside a day to count our blessings, I have a very long list of things I am thankful for. I’m very thankful for my family, the freedom we enjoy in this great nation, and the men and women in our military and law enforcement who work so hard to keep us safe and free. I’m also grateful for friends like you. Thank you so much for your support. I hope you enjoy a wonderful day of giving thanks tomorrow. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!”
State Representative Matt Gaetz:
“Each year the Thanksgiving Holiday offers us a chance to reflect and show our gratitude for life’s many blessings.
“I hope you will join me in taking this opportunity to give thanks, spend time with loved ones, and enjoy the many things that make Northwest Florida such a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family.
“Thank you for giving me the honor of serving you, and from my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!”
State Representative Mia Jones:
“Don’t worry about anything, instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all He has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and mind as you live. Philippians 4:6-7.”
State Representative Shevrin Jones:
State Representative Ed Narain:
“Thanksgiving is a special time of year for so many. It’s a time to reflect and give thanks for the many blessings we’ve received over the last year. It’s also a time for us to remember those who struggle during the start of the holiday season. The loss of a loved one, changes in employment, and illness all come to mind as others around us celebrate.
“Let’s pray a special blessing for our armed service personnel and their families as they work to keep us safe at home and abroad.
“Finally, let us remember the less fortunate and commit ourselves to doing more for those who don’t have enough during this time of year and beyond.
“My personal prayer for you is one of peace and happiness this holiday season.”
State Representative Jeanette Nunez:
U.S. Senate candidate Todd Wilcox:
“Tomorrow, we’ll gather with family and give thanks for the blessings we’ve been given.
“Tonight, I’d like to give special thanks to the brave men and women serving here at home and around the world to keep us safe. I know what it’s like to miss special days with your family, and for that, we owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude. I ask that tonight, you join me in saying an extra prayer for them.
“Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours!”
Congressional candidate Eric Lynn:
“I don’t want to bug you while you’re busy with turkey and football, so I’m sending this a day early. … Please enjoy a safe and joyous Thanksgiving tomorrow. I’m truly thankful to be blessed with a loving family and so many friends who encourage and stand with me. Thanks for your support and Happy Thanksgiving!”
Congressional candidate Susannah Randolph:
“Happy Thanksgiving! Today I’m reflecting on all I have to be grateful for in my life. I’m incredibly lucky to be surrounded by such a supportive and loving family. I wouldn’t be here without them!”
“I’m also filled with gratitude for the support and encouragement you have all given me in this campaign. Thank you for being part of moving us all forward.”
“On this Thanksgiving I’m excited to be gathering with my family to enjoy good times and good food together. I wish the same happy and fulfilling day to all of you!”
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
State Senate candidate Dean Asher:
“On this Thanksgiving holiday, we would like to take a moment to express our gratitude. We remain grateful for the overwhelming support our campaign has received from family, friends and complete strangers. We feel blessed beyond measure and can’t thank you enough.”
State Senate candidate Gary Farmer:
“Tomorrow’s the holiday, but to be honest, there isn’t a day that goes by in which I’m not thankful.
“A lot of people don’t know this – but my family had very humble beginnings. After my dad came back from Korea, the GI Bill covered his college and ultimately law school – but in that time the entire family paid for our room and board by helping to work as janitorial staff. We scrubbed toilets and mopped floors – every one of us – just to get through.
“Naturally, his success as an attorney made my path easier – but none of us ever forgot where we came from or how easily things can change.
“I’m incredibly thankful for my parents and the middle class, hardworking values they imparted on me. We were, and are, lucky to be born in a country where work and education can change your life.
“Far too many suffer in this country, for no fault of their own. From health issues to poor education, accidents to layoffs – it’s harder for people to make things work than any time I can remember. Like many of you, I’m working to change that – but it’s going to take a societal effort.
“I love Thanksgiving for what it represents – but I hope you’ll join me in remembering that many of the things we’re thankful for are out of reach for too many.”
State House candidate Danny Baez:
“Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the many blessings in our lives, and to give thanks for our families, health, friends, and all the people that surround us. … May this holiday be full of warmth, laughter, and hugs for you and all in your world. I feel blessed that you are part of mine.”
Pinellas County Commissioner Charlie Justice:
“The Justice family wants to send you warm wishes for a joy filled Thanksgiving Day. Early Life Magazine editor Edward Sandford Martin wrote that “Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.” We have much to be thankful for today and all year long including your support and friendship.”