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Daniel Webster
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida’s 11th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Preceded by Rich Nugent
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida’s 10th district
In office
January 3, 2013 â€“ January 3, 2017
Preceded by Bill Young
Succeeded by Val Demings
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida’s 8th district
In office
January 3, 2011 â€“ January 3, 2013
Preceded by Alan Grayson
Succeeded by Bill Posey
Member of the Florida Senate
from the 9th district
In office
2002–2008
Preceded by Lee Constantine
Succeeded by Andy Gardiner
Member of the Florida Senate
from the 12th district
In office
1998–2002
Preceded by John Ostalkiewicz
Succeeded by Victor Crist
Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives
In office
November 19, 1996 â€“ November 17, 1998
Preceded by Peter Wallace
Succeeded by John Thrasher
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 41st district
In office
1982–1998
Preceded by Fran Carlton
Succeeded by Randy Johnson
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 39th district
In office
1980–1982
Preceded by John Mica
Succeeded by Fran Carlton
Personal details
Born Daniel Alan Webster
(1949-04-27) April 27, 1949 (age 67)
Charleston, West Virginia, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Sandy Jordan
Children 6
Alma mater Georgia Institute of Technology
Website House website campaign website

You can think of all the things a Congress or a legislature does, and then you kind of overshadow that with the fact that a few people are going to make those decisions.
Dan Webster
For most of my time in Tallahassee, I did a lot of transportation.
When you wait to the last minute, you rush to get things done, and the closer you get to the deadline, the less options you have.
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My expectations are not in any future event. I would rather just be prepared for whatever might take place.
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I was Speaker of the House in Florida, first Republican speaker in 120 years. And I totally dismantled the way this House worked and turned it around to what I believe is right.
Dan Webster
The process for producing public policy in Congress is flawed. The process itself kills policy ideas through the bypassing of the rules and procedural decisions that limit discussion.
Dan Webster
I never talk about my opponent because I don't think it's my right to judge.
Dan Webster
If you push down that pyramid of power and spread out the base, every member gets a chance to file their bill and have it heard and file their amendment and have it heard, as opposed to the system that we have now, which closes out, closes down bills, limits debate, and so forth.
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We're not even supposed to have a break in August if we have not passed the appropriations bills. It's in the House rules.
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Do I like foreign aid? Sometimes, but not every time. Don't like giving money to our enemies, but I love giving money to Israel.
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What really promotes business in this country is liberty, not demand for information.
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I always think I have a chance, and I always give it all I've got.
Principle says it's not who put forth an idea. It's not the position of the person who put forth an idea; it's not the longevity of the person or the party of the person. That's not what it is at all. In a power system, that's the way it works. But in a principle system, it's what it says.
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You lay out a plan and – say a three-year plan or a two-year plan – and say, 'This is what we can do. We can do the transportation packages, like the highway bill and the water bill, and we can do some of these other areas – a farm bill – whatever it is, we lay out a schedule, and we put that committee to work to do that.'
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My job was to get a fair and open hearing to all ideas.
I have saved $1,638,580 over my four years. That may not seem like a lot, faced with our deficit, but multiply it by 435 members of the House – and then the senators get three times as much – and you are adding up several millions in savings.
Dan Webster
I have a problem with the way the House is run. I believe that a few people at the top of a pyramid of power have controlled this place for a long time.
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I have one desire: That is to have a principle-based, member-driven Congress. Period. That's what I want.
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Power focuses on self-preservation; principle focuses on making ideas successful.
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If principles don't determine what you are going to pass or do, then power will.
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Parents like options when it comes to their children's education. And they respond to quality.
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We passed a bill in 1997, signed by Democratic Gov. Lawton Chiles, which created a pilot program for a novel experiment called Florida Virtual School. The notion of children using a computer for a classroom and reporting to virtual teachers wasn't exactly mainstream thinking in those days.
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Every member of Congress deserves a seat at the table to be involved in the process. I will continue fighting for this to become a reality in Washington, and will be running for speaker of the House.
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Nothing happens in any legislative body that's not purposeful.
As a former minority leader who became the first Republican Speaker of the House in Florida since Reconstruction, I know that leadership is not an easy task.
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The true value of having Florida Virtual School in this mix is that it creates a gold standard for all providers to meet if they hope to compete for Florida students. This program raises the bar for everybody, even the traditional public schools. And that benefits all our children.
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Let's take up the most important issues first. Let's take up the reauthorizations first; let's take up the appropriations bill first, not wait until four days beforehand – no one has mentioned anything, and, all of a sudden, somebody looks at their watch and says, 'Hey, in four days, the government is going to run out of money.'
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I'm the only person that has ever run a principle-based legislative body.
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Power tends to protect itself merely to maintain its own status and control. Principle gives up power for the sake of creating the best public policy.
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Power says if you are a committee chairman, your idea is good only because you have got power.
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Every member in Congress has a seat, and they deserve a seat at the table.
There are amendments never offered, there are bills never heard, that are basically killed because of the process.
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I will say this: I've had more pro-life bills, I believe, I ruled unconstitutional – but I tried – than the entire total membership of Congress together.
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All I want to do is get back to a principle-based Congress.
I've never hidden my faith, but there are only a couple of issues I would die for. There are a few others I would dig my heels in on, and I've told my caucus that what they see is what they get.
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I've been a speaker. I've been a majority leader. I've been a minority leader. Those are the sort of things I don't need any more.
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I was told freshman Republicans don't get their bills heard.
I would like to give evidence we can lead. And I think the only way we can do that is to unify the diversity of the party.
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If you need a door kicked in, just call, and we'll kick it. Now, it may not always be the answer you want, but you will get an answer.
Dan Webster
I found a mistake in a rule. They addressed the wrong rule number… I pointed it out, did an amendment, and everybody was happy after that.
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Are we going to just change the personalities in the speakership? Or are we going to fundamentally transform the way we do business here in Washington, D.C.?
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I'm not an angry kind of person. What I am is a principled person.
John Boehner is a friend.
The voters in District 8 shared our vision that Washington is broken, and we're going to go up there and fix it.
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During its first year of operation, Florida Virtual School had 77 students. The next year, it had 476 students; then 2,489 students the year after that.
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My whole deal is I want to have a principle-based, member-driven caucus.
We've got to prove that we can lead, and I'm going to be all-in to help prove that.
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We're a nation of immigrants – there's no question about that. But we're also a nation of laws. I think we have to honor both of those.
Dan Webster
Once we relieve them from sanctions, their economy opens up, and they can sell oil and pistachios and whatever else they sell around the world. That was why Iran needed a deal. Everyone knows they fund terrorism around the world. Having that extra money will add a lot of problems and create a lot more hot spots.
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I believe that Obamacare is bad for America.
The key is - I'll say the key - number one, I pray every day.
I'm going to be as sincere as I can in delivering the message I think is right. If people agree, great, and if they don't, I did my best.
Dan Webster
I'm a homing pigeon. When I'm in Tallahassee, I give everything I have to being, hopefully, the best legislator I can be. When I'm home, I'm home. I try to not do legislative stuff. That brings a balance to life.
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I've never, in my whole 30 years in office, run a negative ad.
We have a lot of talented people in this Congress, and we can avoid a lot of unintended consequences if we just included them.
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It's different from Washington in that in the legislature, you have to go home and have a job and actually make a living on your own. That gives you a different perspective.
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You take away the money from Israel? No. That's something we can't do.
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You have got to clean your own house first before you tell other people that they aren't doing it right.
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The principle is that every member needs to represent their district.
I don't do anything political on Sundays.
Some people have been talking about – every place I go, they bring up the issue of foreign aid. I go, 'You can't get rid of all foreign aid.'
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The only way to improve the GOP brand and make good public policy is to fix the process. This requires transforming the way Congress does business.
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I'm a plodder, not a planner.
There's a picture there that people realize that, we stop helping Israel, we lose God's hand, and we're in big time trouble.
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I changed that system in Florida when I was the Speaker of the House – I was the Minority Leader; I saw for 16 years the way a power system works.
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The policy is one thing, but it's dictated by what the process is.
We have a spending problem, not a taxing problem. The less we spend, the more jobs we have the potential to create.
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If we do our job right, then we have everything to stand on. If we don't do our job, we have everything to lose on.
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