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United States representative , politician , Member of the Florida House of Representatives

Suzanne M. Kosmas, former United States Representative from Florida, former real estate company executive. Recipient Volunteer of Year, Center Community Involvement, 1996.

Background

Kosmas, Suzanne M. was born on February 25, 1944 in Washington, District of Columbia, United States.

Education

Kosmas attended The Pennsylvania State University and George Mason University, later graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Stetson University in 1998.

Career

She previously served in the Kosmas has lived in New Smyrna Beach since 1973. She has owned Prestige Properties of New Smyrna Beach, a real estate company, since 1979. Kosmas represented the 28th District in the for four consecutive terms, 1996 through 2004, before being term-limited.

She was succeeded by Republican Dorothy Hukill. Committee AssignmentsCommittee on Financial ServicesSubcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance, and Government-Sponsored EnterprisesSubcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy and TechnologySubcommittee on Oversight and InvestigationsCommittee on Science and TechnologySubcommittee on Space and AeronauticsVotesIn 2009, Kosmas joined with the Democratic majority to vote for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, the American Clean Energy and Security Act, and the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act. She originally voted along with 38 other Democrats against the Affordable Health Care for America Act.

However, she switched to a "Yes" vote for the Senate version of the bill. 2008Kosmas was one of the top recruits for the Democrats in the 2008 cycle. Despite the wide perception that Feeney had drawn the 24th for himself while still serving as state house speaker (the district included most of his state house district), the district is actually a fairly marginal district on paper, with a Cook Partisan Voting Index of R+4.

It includes most of Democratic-leaning Volusia County, where Kosmas lives. Feeney was attacked in independent expenditure ads for his ties to Jack Abramoff, the negative perception of which was exacerbated by Feeney's own. 2010Kosmas defeated former Winter Springs Mayor Paul Partyka in the Democratic primary.

Kosmas was defeated for re-election by former State Representative Sandy Adams on Nov. 2, 2010 by a 60% to 40% margin. Ironically, two years after handing Feeney the largest margin of defeat for a Republican incumbent in the 2008 cycle, Kosmas herself lost by the second-largest margin of any Democratic incumbent in the 2010 cycle.

Achievements

  • In the November election, Kosmas won, taking 57% of the vote to Feeney's 41% — the largest margin of defeat for a Republican incumbent in the 2008 cycle.

Religion

People need not just to accept but also to grow in relationship with God. God's grace and love constantly prompts and seeks to transform us, and so we should continually seek and pray to grow in holiness and love.

Politics

A member of a Christian Church should support all social initiatives having a purpose to maintain and strengthen well-being and progress of the whole community and its members.

Views

Responsibility for parenting is to encourage social, economic, and religious efforts to maintain and strengthen relationships within families in order that every member may be assisted toward complete personhood.

Membership

Member Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program, Volusia County Planning and Zoning Board, East Control Florida Regional Planning Council. Chair Southeast Volusia Zoning Board. Chair Volusia County Environmental and Natural Resource Advisory Council.

Chair business intern committee Futures, Inc. Chair board United Way Volusia County. Member Executive Board Volusia Vision.

Advisory board Habitat for Humanity, Volusia County Cultural Arts. Trustee Atlantic Center for the Arts. Member National Association Realtors, Florida Association Realtors, Volusia County Association Responsible Developers, Volusia County Business Development Corporation.

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Avocations: tennis, jogging, reading, school, grandchildren. E-mail:kosmas.suzanne@leg.state.fl.us.

Connections

Children: Paul Junior, Michael, David, Kristen.

Child:
Paul Junior Kosmas

Child:
Michael Kosmas

Child:
David Kosmas

Child:
Kristen Kosmas