Home Grown and Ready to Represent Florida’s Second District
With Steve Southerland, what you see is what you get. He’s not some flashy politician riding a wave of clever sound bites and carefully-worded press releases. He’s just a hard working guy who believes the people of North and Northwest Florida deserve better from our leaders in Washington.
Steve is a lifelong Panama City resident, and a member of the fourth generation of Southerlands to call Bay County home. As the owner of Southerland Family Funeral Homes, a locally-owned small business started by his grandfather, Steve understands what it means to meet a payroll, stick to a budget, and grow jobs for Florida families.
Once Steve was honored with the opportunity to serve in Congress, he sought appointments to committees that would make a difference back home. As a member of the House Committees on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Transportation, Steve has fought from the ground floor to improve conditions for job growth, promote economic development, and preserve treasured resources across Florida’s Second District.
In an era when Washington politicians are forcing the American taxpayer to prop up failing companies and subsidize Wall Street bonuses, Steve is fighting to bring some much needed fiscal common sense to Congress. Steve stood up to both political parties to rein in wasteful spending and eliminate our crushing national debt. He’s voted to reduce the burden of Washington overregulation on our job creators. Steve’s record is clear, he is committed to advancing freedom for all Americans.
Long before coming to Congress, Steve took an active role in strengthening local communities. Whether he’s promoting educational initiatives in his role as chair of the Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida, or fighting to strengthen local health care services through his work on the Covenant Hospice Foundation board, Steve is committed to building a brighter future for North and Northwest Florida and preserving all of the unique opportunities and institutions that make this area such a special place to call home.
Steve met his wife, Susan, when they were in first grade and they spent most of their formative years together. Steve and Susan have worked hard to instill in their four daughters the same values they gleaned from their own parents: hard work, personal responsibility, a strong sense of family and a belief in God.