Dennis (Dennis) A. Ross (R-USH15)
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Capitol: 202.225.1252
FAX: 202.226.0585
District: 813.752.4790
District FAX: 863.648.0749
Representative
Room 436 CHOB- Cannon House Office Building 25 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20515-0915

Residence: Lakeland, FL
Elected: 2010    Next Election: 2018
Spouse: Cindy Hartley   DOB: 10/18/1959
Committee Assignments
Co-ChairCongressional Recreational Vehicle (RV) Caucus
Co-ChairHungarian American Caucus
Vice ChairHouse Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance
FC MemberCongressional Postal Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on the Interior, Energy and Environment
FC MemberCongressional Adult Literacy Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Youth Drug Prevention Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Nordic Countries
FC MemberCongressional Everglades Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit
FC MemberCongressional Inventions Caucus
FC MemberFriends of Finland Congressional Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Government Operations
FC MemberCongressional Caucus for Effective Foreign Assistance
FC MemberCongressional Contaminated Drywall Caucus (CCDC)
FC MemberSudan and South Sudan Caucus
FC MemberCongressional International Creativity and Theft-Prevention Caucus
FC MemberHouse Rural Education Caucus
FC MemberCrohn's and Colitis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Coastal Communities Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Financial Services
MemberHouse Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
FC MemberCongressional Responsible Hospitality Caucus
FC MemberArthritis Caucus
FC MemberMilitary Veterans Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Reclaim American Jobs Caucus
FC MemberTea (Taxed Enough Already) Party Caucus
FC MemberJoint Strike Fighter Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Pro-Life Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Israel Allies Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Constitution Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Multiple Sclerosis Caucus
FC MemberGerman-American Caucus
FC MemberInternational Conservation Caucus (ICC)
FC MemberCongressional Immigration Reform Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Dyslexia Caucus
FC MemberAir Force Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Boating Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cystic Fibrosis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on U.S.-Turkish Relations and Turkish Americans
FC MemberCongressional Prayer Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Taiwan Caucus
FC MemberNational Guard and Reserve Components Caucus
FC MemberHouse Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus
FC MemberHouse General Aviation Caucus
FC MemberRepublican Study Committee (RSC)
FC MemberCongressional Sportsmen's Caucus
Counties Representing
Hillsborough / Polk

Bio

Dennis Ross was born October 18, 1959 in Lakeland, Florida. He was the youngest of five children born to Bill and Loyola Ross who moved to their Polk County home in 1955. Being raised on modest means, Dennis attended Catholic school for nine years before going to high school at Lakeland Senior High School, where he graduated in 1977. Throughout his high school career, Dennis was active in Student Government where he met his wife, Cindy. In 1977, The Ledger's prestigious Silver Garlands Award gave their first Award of Citizenship to Dennis for his efforts in outstanding citizenship in Polk County as a high school senior.

Dennis attended the University of Florida for one year before transferring to Auburn University where he graduated in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management from the School of Business. Dennis went on to work for a year as a legislative aide in St. Petersburg to State Rep. Dennis Jones in 1982.

Dennis went to work in the newly developed micro-computer industry working for several companies. With one company he was installing computer systems throughout the Eastern United States in small-town pharmacies, and with another company he was selling computer systems throughout the Eastern United States to collection recovery organizations.

In 1983, Dennis and his wife, Cindy, were married in Lakeland. Within one year of their marriage Dennis went off to law school at the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. Upon completion of law school, Dennis returned to Lakeland to begin his work as an Associate Attorney for the firm of Holland & Knight. After two years at Holland & Knight, Dennis then became in-house counsel for Walt Disney World handling the workers' compensation defense matters for the company.

Having always wanted to have his own law practice and exercise his entrepreneurial skills, Dennis borrowed $10,000.00 from a neighbor and started his own law practice in October of 1989. He worked to pay off that debt in less than a year. That firm grew to seven lawyers and 27 employees before Dennis had to divest himself when he became a member of Congress. Not only did Dennis get involved in the practice of law having served as past president of the Lakeland Bar Association, but he also served as a Board Member of the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce and on various charity and community boards as well.

In 1990, Dennis was the President of the Greater Lakeland Young Republicans and in 1992 was elected as Chairman of the Polk County Republican Executive Committee. He served in that position until 1995. During his term as Chairman of the Polk County Republican Executive Committee, the party elected many local Republican officials and developed a successful organization that helped spread strong principles of individual freedoms, personal responsibility, less government, and lower taxes.

In 1996, Dennis ran unsuccessfully for the State Senate, losing to a very well-liked incumbent, Senator Rick Dantzler. However, the race taught him many things about the political process and about being true to one's self and community. In 2000, Dennis had an opportunity to run for the State House of Representatives and was elected by an overwhelming majority. Dennis continued to serve in the Florida House of Representatives until he was term limited in 2008. Throughout his term as a member of the Florida House of Representatives, Dennis distinguished himself as a strong proponent of conservative principles and was well respected by members of both parties. In 2007, Dennis, along with Rep. Don Brown, were the only two legislators to vote against the property insurance bill that made Citizens the largest property insurer in Florida. For voting against his party and with his free market principles, Dennis was stripped of his Chairmanship and many said his career was over. But Dennis is a conservative leader, not only of independent thought but of independent action as well. In 2010, Dennis was elected to the United States House of Representatives running on those same principles. He was then selected as Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform (OGR) Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service, and Labor Policy, making him one of the few first-term lawmakers to serve as a chairman of a subcommittee. He is currently a member of the OGR Subcommittees on the Interior, Energy, and Environment and Government Operations. At the beginning of the 113th Congress, Dennis was selected to serve on the prestigious Financial Services Committee (FSC), another selection that does not happen often to newer members. Within the FSC, Dennis serves as Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, and as a member on the Subcommittees on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit and Oversight and Investigations. Finally, during the summer of 2014, Dennis was selected as a Senior Deputy Majority Whip under Majority Whip Steve Scalise, a leadership position that allows him to better serve his Florida constituents as a conservative voice at the leadership table. Dennis and Cindy have two children, Shane and Travis. The family enjoys traveling throughout the United States. They have been to each of the 48 continental states, predominantly by motor home and with their several family dogs. The family shares a passion for American history, national parks, and the great outdoors. Dennis is an avid hunter and so are his sons who enjoy not only hunting, but also fishing and camping. They are members of the First Presbyterian Church in Lakeland. Cindy serves the Lakeland community in multiple ways, including on the Habitat for Humanity Community Advisory Board, and has been Volunteer-of-the-Year at Rochelle School of the Arts and George Jenkins High School. Together the family believes that community service, regardless of how it is performed, is one of the most responsible acts a person can give to his or her fellow man.








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