Gus (Gus) M. Bilirakis (R-USH12)
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Capitol: 202.225.5755
FAX: 202.225.4085
District: 813.501.4942
District FAX: 813.501.4944
Representative
Room 2227 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-0911

Residence: Palm Harbor, FL
Elected: 2006    Next Election: 2020
Spouse: Eva Lialios   DOB: 2/8/1963
Committee Assignments
Co-ChairMilitary Veterans Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Armenian Issues
Co-ChairCongressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues
FC MemberCongressional Friends of Canada
FC MemberCongressional Pakistan Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Travel and Tourism Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Serbian American Caucus
Vice ChairHouse Caucus on International Religious Freedom
FC MemberCongressional Victims' Rights Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Gulf Coast Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Reclaim American Jobs Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Technology Transfer Caucus
ChairmanCongressional Congenital Heart Defect Caucus
Co-ChairCommunity College Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Hellenic-Israel Alliance
FC MemberCongressional Children's Health Care Caucus
Co-ChairVeterans Congressional Fellowship Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Caucus to Cure Blood Cancers and Other Blood Disorders
FC MemberCongressional Ukraine Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Humane Bond Caucus
FC MemberHouse Public Works and Infrastructure Caucus
FC MemberHouse Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus
FC MemberAir Force Caucus (House)
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Dyslexia Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Rare and Neglected Diseases Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse
FC MemberArthritis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Community Health Center Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Hearing Health Caucus
FC MemberRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
FC MemberHouse Special Operations Forces (SOF) Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Immigration Reform Caucus
FC MemberVictory in Iraq Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Modeling and Simulation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Vision Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Israel Allies Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Taiwan Caucus
FC MemberU.S.-Philippines Friendship Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Kidney Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
FC MemberCoalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE)
FC MemberCongressional Multiple Sclerosis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Recycling Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Horse Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Military Families Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Romania Caucus
FC MemberTea (Taxed Enough Already) Party Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Services Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Childhood Cancer Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Mobility Air Forces Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus for Competitiveness in Entertainment Technology (E-Tech Caucus)
FC MemberFriends of Finland Congressional Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Recreational Vehicle (RV) Caucus
FC MemberTom Lantos Human Rights Commission
FC MemberHouse Republican Israel Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Coast Guard Caucus
FC MemberHouse General Aviation Caucus
FC MemberHouse Manufacturing Caucus
FC MemberCongressional United Kingdom (UK) Caucus
FC MemberNational Guard and Reserve Components Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Bike Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Steel Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Hazards Caucus
FC MemberHouse Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cystic Fibrosis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Philanthropy Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Prayer Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus
Co-ChairBicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease
FC MemberNextGen 9-1-1 Caucus
FC MemberUSO Congressional Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Boating Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Coalition on Adoption
FC MemberRepublican Study Committee (RSC)
FC MemberCongressional Sportsmen's Caucus
Counties Representing
Hillsborough / Pasco / Pinellas

Bio

Congressman Gus M. Bilirakis is a Republican from Palm Harbor, representing Florida's 12th Congressional District, which includes all of Pasco and northern parts of Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. He was first elected to Congress on November 7, 2006, and is currently serving his sixth term in the United States House of Representatives.

As a young boy, Gus learned the importance of public service from his father, Michael Bilirakis, who represented Florida's Ninth Congressional District from 1983 to 2006. The elder Bilirakis also instilled in his son a pride in the family's Greek heritage, which Gus proudly carries into his career today.

Gus serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee and is Vice-Chairman of the Veterans' Affairs Committee. He is Co-Chairman of the Military Veterans Caucus, Co-Chairman of the Congressional Hellenic Caucus and the Congressional Hellenic-Israel Alliance. Working in a bipartisan manner, his main priorities include controlling government spending, creating jobs for middle class Americans, finding ways for government to operate smaller and smarter, and lowering taxes. He is also committed to strengthening homeland security, improving education, increasing access to quality health care, protecting veterans' benefits, and ensuring the long-term viability of Social Security and Medicare.

The Energy and Commerce Committee is the longest-standing committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. As the only Florida Republican on the Committee, Gus continues to be a strong voice for Florida, and his roles on the Health, Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection, and Communications and Technology Subcommittees are highly beneficial for our state. With the fourth largest GDP, Florida is an important and robust economic engine that should carry great consideration when Congress examines ways we can drive this economy forward. Our state also has the greatest proportion of residents 65 years and older, making it even more important for Congress to ensure a quality and affordable healthcare system for current and future generations. Finally, with the highest per capita residential electricity demand, Florida has a vested interest in ensuring our country becomes more energy independent and has reliable access to a broad array of energy sources.

Gus is also known for his work on behalf of Veterans. In his role as Vice-Chairman of the Veterans' Affairs Committee and member of the Health Subcommittee, Gus continues to ensure our nation's heroes remain a top priority. In addition, Congressman Bilirakis is fighting to bring additional health care resources to Florida and the Twelfth Congressional District. Since coming to Congress, he has worked with local and national VA officials to expand the Pasco County VA Outpatient Clinic, bringing additional health care services, such as dental care and mental health services, to area veterans. He also has visited the James Haley VA Medical Center (VAMC), meeting with the medical center staff and Veterans to discuss the care and services provided at the VAMC.

Prior to being elected to Congress, Gus served four terms in the Florida House of Representatives (1998-2006), where he chaired several prominent panels, including Crime Prevention, Public Safety Appropriations, and the Economic Development, Trade and Banking Committee. While in Tallahassee, he won bipartisan acclaim for his leadership on efforts to make communities safer, improve transportation, reform government, recognize the sacrifices of America's Veterans and expand the role community health centers play in making health care more available to lower-income individuals. During this time, he also served as Senior Partner at the Bilirakis Law Group in Holiday, Florida, where he specialized in wills, trusts and estate planning.

Gus earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida in 1986 and a J.D. from Stetson University in 1989. He interned for President Ronald Reagan and the National Republican Congressional Committee, and worked for former U.S. Representative Don Sundquist (R-TN). He also currently teaches government classes at St. Petersburg College.

Gus and his wife, Eva, have four sons - Michael, Teddy, Manuel and Nicholas.








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