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The Ready Room – Representative Scott Franklin

Hello Friend,

Welcome to my e-newsletter, the Ready Room. As a retired Naval Aviator, the Ready Room is special to me because it’s where fellow aviators meet to brief and debrief missions. This is my weekly briefing to you on my mission in Congress. Please follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube for regular updates on how my team and I are working to serve you in Congress.

TAPPED BY SPEAKER JOHNSON FOR AI TASK FORCE

In the AI arena, the world requires Congress to step up and lead. We have the largest economy in the world and the preponderance of AI thought leadership and R&D is happening in the U.S. By its very nature, private enterprise will try to press the boundaries in the name of competition. 

Our adversaries have openly stated their desire to dominate the AI field. America must keep up with the pace of AI’s advancement. I thank Speaker Johnson for the opportunity to work with members of this task force to educate our colleagues on the urgent need to construct guardrails against emerging threats while also allowing technological innovation to flourish.

EXPANDING ACCESS TO VETERANS’ EDUCATION BENEFITS 

The transition to civilian life looks different for every veteran. No matter a veteran’s career, education or personal priorities after serving their country, their transition should be as seamless as possible.

Unfortunately, most veterans education benefits expire after 10 or 15 years, and for dependents, there is either a year or age limit. That’s why I cosponsored H.R. 6300, the Veterans Education is Timeless Act, which enables veterans and their dependents to use these educational benefits regardless of age or timing.

CONSTITUENT CORNER

Thank you to everyone who attended Academy Day at Polk State College last weekend! It was a pleasure to speak with the next generation of military leaders. Students in 8th – 11th grade learned about the mission of different service academies and the congressional nomination process. Students still interested in a U.S. Service Academy nomination, click here to apply.  

Test Your Knowledge #CivicsWithScott!

What was the result of the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education?

A. The federal government ordered states must desegregate classes.
B. Individuals of different races voluntarily stopped all forms of school segregation.
C. States could continue segregation as long as facilities were separate but equal.
D. Desegregation was ordered for only high schools.

Last Week’s Question

A more informed society comes from which constitutional protection?

A. Trial by jury
B. Due process
C. Right to bear arms
D. Free speech – Correct answer

It is an honor and privilege to represent you in Congress. Please take a moment to fill out my latest constituent survey here. Your feedback helps me better represent you. For more information on constituent services, current legislation, and to sign up for my e-newsletter, please visit my website at franklin.house.gov

Best regards,

C. Scott Franklin
Member of Congress

 
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Attorney General Moody Unveils Protection for Victims of Human Trafficking in Court

CFO Jimmy Patronis Welcomes New Residents from Blue States

Senator Marco Rubio Calls on Biden to Cancel Cuban Visit

Senator Rick Scott Introduces ‘Protect Our Seniors’ Act


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The Ready Room – Representative Scott Franklin

Hello Friend,

Welcome to my e-newsletter, the Ready Room. As a retired Naval Aviator, the Ready Room is special to me because it’s where fellow aviators meet to brief and debrief missions. This is my weekly briefing to you on my mission in Congress. Please follow me on Facebook Twitter Instagram  and YouTube for regular updates on how my team and I are working to serve you in Congress.


Supporting Florida Agricultural Producers

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Between an extreme hurricane season and ongoing issues such as citrus greening, Florida’s citrus growers continue to navigate significant challenges. Last week, I introduced the Block Grant Assistance Act which will ensure the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) can provide needed relief to agriculture producers devastated by Hurricanes Ian and Nicole. This bill would provide the Agriculture Secretary needed authority to provide block grants to Florida to assist producers affected by recent hurricanes. Our Florida citrus industry is synonymous with the Sunshine State and the backbone of many of our rural communities. It’s critical that we support our growers in their time of need. Click here to learn more.


Acting to End COVID Lockdown Policies

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As President Biden said, “the pandemic is over.” While we are still managing COVID, we must get America back to normal, like we’ve done in Florida. This week, I supported three bills to terminate federal emergency COVID lockdown measures. These bills include:

  • The Pandemic is Over Act, which ends the Public Health Emergency declaration first issued by the Secretary of Health & Human services in January 2020.
  • The Stopping Home Office Work’s Unproductive Problems (SHOW UP) Act, which requires federal agencies to reinstate pre-COVID telework policies so federal workers can fully serve the American people.
  • The Freedom for Health Care Workers Act, which nullifies the COVID-19 vaccine requirement for healthcare workers.
  • A resolution terminating the pandemic national emergency declaration.

Click here to learn more about these pieces of legislation.


Congressional Art Competition is Now Open!

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Calling all high school artists! I’m pleased to announce we are now accepting submissions for the 2023 Congressional Art Competition. The contest is open to all high school students in FL-18. The winner’s work will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year. This year’s theme is “Florida’s Heartland,” which celebrates the unique history, culture, geography, and people of our beloved district. Click here to learn more.


Test Your Knowledge #CivicsWithScott!

The U.S. Constitution was signed in what year?

A. 1776
B. 1783
C. 1787
D. 1791

Last Week’s Question

Tallahassee was established as the Florida capital in what year?

A. 1861
B. 1824 – CORRECT ANSWER 
C. 1845
D. 1776


I’m honored to represent you in Congress. For more information on constituent services, current legislation, and to sign up for my e-newsletter, please visit my website at franklin.house.gov 

Best regards,

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C. Scott Franklin
Member of Congress

 

Franklin In the N ews

Polk County’s U.S. representatives given committee assignments

Full List: How House Members Voted on Bill to End COVID-19 Emergency

Key Twitter & Facebook Posts

@RepFranklin  Big thanks to #USNA Superintendent Vice Admiral Sean Buck for dropping by our office. He joined me in calling a candidate from my district to let him know he has been appointed to the Naval Academy. As a USNA ‘86 grad, it was an honor passing the torch to the next generation!

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@RepFranklin It was an honor to meet with former Prime Minister Boris Johnson during yesterday’s Republican Study Committee lunch! We discussed the US-UK special relationship and support for Ukraine. 

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@RepFranklin  It was a privilege and blessing to attend the National Prayer Breakfast yesterday morning with my congressional colleagues to join in prayer for the reconciliation of our great nation. And ALL God’s people said, “Amen!”

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@RepFranklin  Socialism will never take root in America so long as House Republicans has a say. I’m proud to stand tall with my colleagues in unequivocally condemning it in all its forms. We are committed to building a future that promotes freedom and protects the American Dream!

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Dr. Ed Shoemaker, PhD Republican Party of Florida State Committeemen and State Committeewomen Caucus Chair

Support. Elect.

Dr. Ed Shoemaker, PhD

Republican Party

of

Florida

State Committeemen

and

State Committeewomen

Caucus Chair

“As Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) State Committeeman, I have supported conservative candidates, trained volunteers, chartered clubs, formed partnerships; and promoted the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) through social media and radio. I strongly support the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) platform to promote the principles upon which our nation and our state were founded: freedom, liberty, personal responsibility, and accountability; I take the RPOF loyalty oath seriously.”

“My qualifications extend well beyond my political experience through extensive accomplishments in my professional and community involvement. The Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) will greatly benefit from my wisdom, guidance and leadership as Chairman of the RPOF State Committeeman/State Committeewomen Caucus.”

“I encourage you to diligently review my executive profile and make an informed decision, you will not regret. I appreciate your consideration!

Executive Profile

During the past 30 years, beginning in 1992 as a family teacher (house parent) with Father Flanagan’s Boys Town, I have dedicated my life providing positive change, inspiring the lives of others as a foster parent, adoptive parent, educator, counselor and child welfare executive and administrator. I have a hands-on, can do attitude with a strong work ethic that believes in going above and beyond. I believe that Meaningful Relationships are the key factor in building and maintaining attachment and bonding between children and their parents, preventing the disruption of families as well as Educational Success.

Professional Experience

Dr. Ed Shoemaker, PhD (Psychology), LMHC, QS, TF-CBT is a National Certified Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, Adoption Competency Trained Licensed Mental Health Counselor with 30 years of professional experience working with “at-risk” children and families.

Dr. Shoemaker is Founder, President and CEO OF Mr. Ed’s Circle of

Inc. established in 2006 for the purpose of adoption advocacy, awareness, and therapeutic support services: creating family-based, strengths-based treatment programs and therapeutic support services to adoptive parents as an alternative to group home or institutional care for children and youth, promoting healthy relationships working in collaboration with adoption

agencies, church leaders, ministry partners and the community.

In addition, Mr. Ed’s Circle of Trust Inc. provides therapeutic support services to students and adults with disabilities and for the purpose of family preservation and reunification.

Over the past 30 years, many “at-risk” children and families have improved their lives through the therapeutic support and services provided by Dr. Ed Shoemaker; “Improving the Lives of Others through Meaningful Relationships.”

Community Focused

Dr. Shoemaker is also active in the community; presently serving as Chair of the Medulla Elementary School Advisory Committee (Lakeland, Florida), Chair of the Polk County Housing Authority, President of the Rotary Club of Lakeland Sunrise, and member of the Personnel Committee of Medulla Baptist Church.

Accomplishments

Political

  • 2022 Defend Freedom Event, Polk County
  • 2022 Lead, Polk County School Board elections, Polk REC
  • 2020 Co-Ordinator, God and Country Rally, Faith Based Republican Club of
  • West Polk
  • 2020 Elected Delegate (CD15) to RNC Convention
  • 2018 US House Congressional District 15 Candidate
  • 2016 Polk County School Board Candidate
  • 2017-2020 Alternate Chair, RPOF Congressional District 15 Caucus,

Community

  • 2012-present, member Medulla Elementary School Advisory Committee
  • 2020 Consultant, Children’s book titled “Freddy the Foster Frog Finds a Friendly Family”
  • 2019-2021 Advisory Board, Community Partnership Schools, UCF
  • 2017-2021 Advisory Board, Children’s Homes Society of Greater Lakeland
  • 2017-2018 Board of Directors, Learning Resource Center of Polk
  • 2017-2018 Co-Chair, Community Partnership School Model Initiative, Polk

Vision

  • 2016-2018 Lead Advocate, Community Partnership School Model, Polk County
  • 2014-2016, Chair, Polk County District Advisory Council Executive Board
  • 2011 Nominee, Irene Sullivan Adoption Advocacy Award (Pinellas County)

Education

  • 2021 Inducted, National Society of Leadership and Success, Northcentral

University

  • 2018 Nominated, Alumni of the Year, Northcentral University
  • 2016 Doctorate degree (Psychology), Northcentral University
  • 2001 Master of Art’s degree (Biblical Counseling), Trinity Bible College & Seminary
  • 1994 Bachelor of Art’s degree (Psychology), The Union Institute

(863) 899-2162 [email protected]

The Ready Room – Representative Scott Franklin

January 31, 2023

Hello Friend,
Welcome to my e-newsletter, the Ready Room. As a retired Naval Aviator, the Ready Room is special to me because it’s where fellow aviators meet to brief and debrief missions. This is my weekly briefing to you on my mission in Congress. Please follow me on Facebook Twitter Instagram  and YouTube for regular updates on how my team and I are working to serve you in Congress.


Securing Our National Oil Reserves

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For two years, the Biden administration has tapped the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) in an attempt to lower gas prices. These high prices were largely the result of policies restricting domestic energy supply implemented just days after Biden took office. The SPR, created for national energy emergencies, is down 36 percent—its lowest level since 1984. Last Friday, I voted for the Strategic Production Response Act, which would prevent the president from tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve for political purposes and require the Biden administration to create a plan to refill it. it. Click here to learn more.


New Committee Assignments

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I’m pleased to report that last week I was selected to serve on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. Additionally, I was assigned to the following Appropriations Subcommittees:

– Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration

– Legislative Branch

– Military Construction and Veterans Affairs

Serving on these committees allows me to support Florida agriculture, my fellow veterans and make government work more efficiently for the people of FL-18. I appreciate my colleagues for trusting me with this opportunity and look forward to getting to work!


Congressional Art Competition is Now Open!

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Calling all high school artists! I’m pleased to announce we are now accepting submissions for the 2023 Congressional Art Competition. The contest is open to all high school students in FL-18. The winner’s work will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year. This year’s theme is “Florida’s Heartland,” which celebrates the unique history, culture, geography, and people of our beloved district. Click here to learn more.


Test Your Knowledge #CivicsWithScott!

Tallahassee was established as the Florida capital in what year?

A. 1861

B. 1824

C. 1845

D. 1776

Last Week’s Question

Who is responsible for approving or rejecting the President’s nominations for certain positions?

A. House of Representatives

B. Senate – CORRECT ANSWER

C. House & Senate

D. Supreme Court


I’m honored to represent you in Congress. For more information on constituent services, current legislation, and to sign up for my e-newsletter, please visit my website at franklin.house.gov 

Best regards,

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C. Scott Franklin
Member of Congress

 

Franklin In the N ews

Six Veterans Join HVAC – American Legion

Scott Franklin Brings Back Bill to Ensure Companies Can’t Profit Off Selling Fetal Remains – Florida Daily

Key Twitter & Facebook Posts

@RepFranklin Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Let us pause to remember the 6 million Jews who were murdered during the Holocaust and honor the strength of the survivors who endured unspeakable atrocities. Antisemitism & hatred have no place in humanity.

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@RepFranklin I’m proud to serve on the Republican Policy Committee and look forward to helping develop thoughtful solutions to address the serious issues facing our nation.

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@RepFranklin Our team joined Polk County School Board Member Justin Sharpless this morning for the purebred beef show at the Polk County Youth Fair in Bartow. In its 76th year, this annual event proudly celebrates Florida’s agriculture and consumer sciences and provides Polk County students an opportunity to showcase their hard work. Keep it up!

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@RepFranklin An extraordinary story of bravery and heroism. From one Naval Aviator to another, thank you for your heroic service, Capt. Royce Williams!

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The Ready Room – Representative Scott Franklin

Hello Friend,

Welcome to my e-newsletter, the Ready Room. As a retired Naval Aviator, the Ready Room is special to me because it’s where fellow aviators meet to brief and debrief missions. This is my weekly briefing to you on my mission in Congress. Please follow me on Facebook Twitter Instagram  and YouTube for regular updates on how my team and I are working to serve you in Congress.


Blocking Profits from Fetal Tissue

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One of the most concerning issues regarding the abortion industry is the for-profit sale of fetal remains to research institutions. While profiting from this practice is technically illegal, some abortion organizations use loopholes to make money indirectly. Pro-life or pro-choice, we should agree there shouldn’t be a profit motive for the sale of fetal remains. That’s why I reintroduced the Prohibiting Abortion Industry’s Lucrative Loopholes Act to close these loopholes once and for all. Click here to learn more about this legislation.


Reining in Government Bureaucracy

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Federal agencies have enormous power to create regulations in their areas of jurisdiction. Many are excessive and create a major burden on our economy. In its first year, the Biden White House added more than $200 billion in new regulatory costs. That’s why I cosponsored the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, which would require every new major rule, costing $100 million or more, to be approved by the House and Senate before going into effect. With American taxpayers paying more than $2 trillion per year in regulation compliance costs, this bill could be a major boost for our economy. Click here to learn more.


Addressing the Border Crisis

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On Biden’s first day in office, he issued an executive order to halt construction of the border wall and end all deportations for 100 days. He ended countless other Trump-era policies, including the successful “Remain in Mexico” policy.  And last month, Customs and Border Protection had 251,487 migrant encounters at the Southwest border, which included 17 people on the FBI terror watch list. It’s past time for President Biden and the Department of Homeland Security to be held accountable for this disaster. The House will begin the critical oversight needed to get answers and push for strong border security.


Test Your Knowledge #CivicsWithScott!

Who is responsible for approving or rejecting the President’s nominations for certain positions?

A. House of Representatives

B. Senate

C. House & Senate

D. Supreme Court

Last Week’s Question

Spanish explorer Ponce de León landed in Florida in what year?

A. 1513 – Correct Answer

B. 1492

C. 1617

D. 1502


I’m honored to represent you in Congress. For more information on constituent services, current legislation, and to sign up for my e-newsletter, please visit my website at franklin.house.gov 

Best regards,

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C. Scott Franklin
Member of Congress

 

Franklin In the N ews

Scott Franklin Joins the Powerful House Appropriations Committee – Florida Daily

Key Twitter & Facebook Posts

My team and I were honored to welcome students from Southeastern University’s Students for Life Chapter to our nation’s capital for a tour of the White House.
Interested in touring the U.S. Capitol or White House? Visit us at https://franklin.house.gov/services/tours-and-tickets to learn more.

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Defending those who cannot defend themselves will always be a top priority for me. I am proud to defend and celebrate life.

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Please join me in honoring the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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The Ready Room – Congressman Scott Franklin

Hello Friend,

Welcome to my e-newsletter, the Ready Room. As a retired Naval Aviator, the Ready Room is special to me because it’s where fellow aviators meet to brief and debrief missions. This is my weekly briefing to you on my mission in Congress. Please follow me on Facebook Twitter Instagram  and YouTube for regular updates on how my team and I are working to serve you in Congress.


Protecting American Taxpayers

ImageRepublicans wasted no time with our new House majority last week, passing several key pieces of legislation. Our first priority was the Family and Small Business Taxpayer Protection Act, which blocks the Biden administration from hiring 87,000 new IRS agents and weaponizing them against small and family businesses. This was the first step toward fulfilling our promise to stop the Biden administration’s attack on hardworking Americans.


Protecting Pregnancy Centers from Attacks

ImageLast year, our community was attacked by a group of unknown vandals who defaced the LifeChoice Pregnancy Center in Winter Haven. Sadly, this was just one of many similar terrorist attacks that occurred against pro-life organizations across the country after the Dobbs v. Jackson decision was irresponsibly leaked. I was proud to support H. Con. Res. 3, which condemns these attacks and the Born Alive Survivors Protection Act, which makes it a federal crime to fail to provide standard medical care to children born alive during an abortion. These important bills send a strong message that this hateful vandalism must be stopped and babies that survive an abortion attempt matter and will be cared for.


Serving on the Appropriations Committee

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Last week, I was honored to be selected as one of the newest members of the House Committee on Appropriations. This very powerful committee is responsible for drafting the twelve appropriations bills that determine how discretionary federal tax dollars are spent by the various departments of our government. These bills essentially include all federal spending EXCEPT Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and interest on the national debt. It has been many years since the House and Senate have passed all twelve appropriations bills through the process known as “regular order.” Instead, Congress has funded the government through staggeringly expensive “Omnibus” spending bills that have exploded our national debt to over $31Trillion and grown the federal government to an unnecessary and unsustainable size. Restoring regular order and fiscal responsibility to our legislative process is one of my top priorities as your representative. I take this responsibility very seriously and will work tirelessly to ensure Floridians’ hard earned tax dollars are spend efficiently and judiciously.  


Constituent Corner

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Sharon from Lakeland called our office for help after the Defense Finance Accounting Service claimed she owed more than $65,000 due to overpayment of benefits. Our office assisted her and the entire debt was canceled. If you are having problems with the VA, Social Security or other federal agency we can help!   Click here to learn more.


Hurricane Ian and Nicole Disaster Relief now Available

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Those impacted by Hurricane Ian and/or Nicole can apply for federal assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Small Business Administration (SBA). Individuals and businesses impacted by both storms MUST apply for aid separately for each storm. Click here to learn more about available resources. Visit my website  to learn how we can assist.


Test Your Knowledge #CivicsWithScott!

Spanish explorer Ponce de León landed in Florida in what year?

A. 1513

B. 1492

C. 1617

D. 1502

Last Week’s Question

Which of the following is NOT a duty of the Speaker of the House?

A. House presiding officer

B. Party leader

C. House clerk – CORRECT ANSWER

D. House administrative head


I’m honored to represent you in Congress. For more information on constituent services, current legislation, and to sign up for my e-newsletter, please visit my website at franklin.house.gov 

Best regards,

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C. Scott Franklin
Member of Congress

My purpose in running for Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) Chair of the State Committeemen/State Committeewomen (SCM/SCW) Caucus is NOT about ME!

My purpose in running for Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) Chair of the State Committeemen/State Committeewomen (SCM/SCW) Caucus is NOT about ME!

If you would have told me at 17 years old, a senior in High School that my mission in life would be “improving the lives of others through meaningful relationships”; I would have laughed!

Lakeland, 1/24/2023 – If you would have told me at 17 years old, a senior in High School, that my mission in life would be “improving the lives of others through meaningful relationships”; I would have laughed! However, God has been good and blessed my wife, Tonya, and I with the “gifts” necessary to have a positive impact on our community. Through our life’s journey together, we have also learned the importance of “Trust” through “Truth” and “Accountability.”

My purpose in running for Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) Chair of the State Committeemen/State Committeewomen (SCM/SCW) Caucus is NOT about ME! I am NOT interested in adding to my accomplishments on my resume. I am NOT interested in being the “figurehead” facilitating the SCM/SCW Caucus meeting at the RPOF quarterly or annual meetings.

My purpose for becoming your next Chair of the RPOF SCM/SCW Caucus is to be active and provide leadership according to the RPOF loyalty oath. We have a problem within the RPOF, and the problem is RPOF Charter Clubs, their elected officers and members going rogue and supporting liberal candidates; a blatant violation of the RPOF loyalty oath. This is happening in partisan and non-partisan elections through financial contributions and social media.

As Chair, my purpose and focus for the next two years will be “Trust” through “Truth” and “Accountability.” As Chair, I will lead efforts to amend the RPOF Party Rules of Procedure to hold RPOF Charter Clubs, elected officers and their members “accountable” to the RPOF Loyalty Oath. In addition, clear consequences need to be identified and implemented when the RPOF Loyalty Oath is blatantly violated.

This effort will be accomplished by organizing a strategic state-wide team to provide support and training (truth) to our RPOF Charter Clubs, their elected officers and members (trust).

I appreciate your support and vote during the upcoming RPOF annual meeting. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me!

Dr. Shoemaker announces candidacy for the RPOF State Committeemen and Committeewomen Caucus Chair

Dr. Shoemaker announces candidacy for the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) State Committeemen (SCM) and State Committeewomen (SCW) Caucus Chair

Lakeland—1/3/2023 — Dr. Ed Shoemaker announces candidacy for the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) State Committeemen (SCM) and State Committeewomen (SCW) Caucus Chair. 

Presently, Dr. Shoemaker serves as RPOF State Committeeman representing Polk County, Chair of the RPOF Congressional District 15 Caucus, President of the Faith Based Republican Club of West Polk, and member of the RPOF Faith Engagement Committee.

For the past 30 plus years, Shoemaker has experienced firsthand the devastating impact of progressive, liberal policies as an adoptive parent, community, mental health and education advocate.

 Focus

As Chairman of the RPOF State Committeemen and State Committeewomen Caucus, Shoemaker will follow through on his commitment as State Committeeman to identify and implement proven strategies to elect True Conservative Republicans to public office statewide. Shoemaker will initiate his Chairmanship by focusing on Education and Accountability by focusing on holding  RPOF Chartered Clubs and elected officers’ accountability to the “RPOF Loyalty Oath” by advocating for an amendment to the RPOF Party Rules of Procedure (Republican State Executive Committee) under Rule 1-Chartering Process for Republican Clubs to add the requirement of RPOF Charter Club members and their elected officers to sign and abide by the RPOF Loyalty Oath, define blatant violations and process for removal or revocation of a RPOF Charter Club member elected officer or an RPOF’s charter status. Another strategy we need to focus on is effective communication without compromising our values and Republican platform within our Party and with collaborative stakeholders.

Shoemaker emphasizes that “All Republicans need to be on the same page to reverse the devastating impact of the progressive, liberal policies by uniting and standing firm to protect the U.S. Constitution and our God-given inalienable rights.”

Professional Experience

Dr. Ed Shoemaker, PhD (Psychology), LMHC, QS, TF-CBT is a National Certified Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, Adoption Competency Trained Licensed Mental Health Counselor with 30 years of professional experience working with “at-risk”

children and families. Dr. Shoemaker is Founder, President and CEO OF Mr. Ed’s Circle of Inc. established in 2006 for the purpose of adoption advocacy, awareness, and therapeutic support services: creating family-based, strengths-based treatment programs and therapeutic support services to adoptive parents as an alternative to group home or institutional care for children and youth, promoting healthy relationships working in collaboration with adoption agencies, church leaders, ministry partners and the community. In addition, Mr. Ed’s Circle of Trust Inc. provides therapeutic support services to students and adults with disabilities and for the purpose of family preservation and reunification. Over the past 30 years, many “at-risk” children and families have improved their lives through the therapeutic support and services provided by Dr. Ed hoemaker; “Improving the Lives of Others through Meaningful Relationships.”

 Community Focused

Dr. Shoemaker is also active in the community; presently serving as Chair of the Medulla Elementary School Advisory Committee Lakeland, Florida), Chair of the Polk County Housing Authority, President of the Rotary Club of Lakeland Sunrise, and member of the Personnel Committee of Medulla Baptist Church.  

 

Accomplishments

Political

·        2022 Defend Freedom Event, Polk County

·        2022 Lead, Polk County School Board elections, Polk REC

·        2020 Co-Ordinator, God and Country Rally, Faith Based Republican Club of West Polk

·        2020 Elected Delegate (CD15) to RNC Convention

·        2018 US House Congressional District 15 Candidate

·        2016 Polk County School Board Candidate

·        2017-2020 Alternate Chair, RPOF Congressional District 15 Caucus,

Community

·        2012-present, member Medulla Elementary School Advisory Committee

·        2020 Consultant, Children’s book titled “Freddy the Foster Frog Finds a Friendly Family”

·        2019-2021 Advisory Board, Community Partnership Schools, UCF

·        2017-2021 Advisory Board, Children’s Homes Society of Greater Lakeland

·        2017-2018 Board of Directors, Learning Resource Center of Polk

·        2017-2018 Co-Chair, Community Partnership School Model Initiative, Polk Vision

·        2016-2018 Lead Advocate, Community Partnership School Model, Polk County

·        2014-2016, Chair, Polk County District Advisory Council Executive Board

·        2011 Nominee, Irene Sullivan Adoption Advocacy Award (Pinellas County)

Education

·        2021 Inducted, National Society of Leadership and Success, Northcentral University

·        2018 Nominated, Alumni of the Year, Northcentral University

·        2016 Doctorate degree (Psychology), Northcentral University2001

·        Master of Art’s degree (Biblical Counseling), Trinity Bible College & Seminary

·        1994 Bachelor of Art’s degree (Psychology), The Union Institute

Dr. Ed Shoemaker
RPOF State Committeeman, Polk County