Serving as the congressman from Florida’s 9th district, Gus Bilirakis took federal office in 2007 following a close-fought race with his Democratic opponent. A lifelong Republican, Bilirakis first served in the Florida House of Representatives before becoming a US Congressional Representative. He is a member of his party’s Whip team, helping to get the necessary votes for the right wing. Currently he serves on committees for Homeland Security, Veterans’ Affairs and Foreign Affairs, having a profound influence over each decision regarding these issues. A staunch opponent to the creation of the TARP fund, he has a strong connection with the Tea Party movement.

Representative Bilirakis’s platform for reelection focuses on a number of security measures and an important focus on seniors. He is a staunch proponent of additional screening measures at ports, airports and for immigrants. The congressman also supports the creation of the Silver Alert system, a nationwide program which will notify law enforcement and news agencies when a senior or person with a disability goes missing, particularly those with Alzheimer’s Disease.

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