SETH McKEEL

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What Lakeland Says About Seth

Click below to read what the Lakeland Ledger says about Seth’s career in Public Service.

Florida’s First G.I. Bill

Florida: The Most Veteran Friendly State

Florida is home to America’s third largest population of veteans. Our state is home to over 1.5 million veterans who contribute $73.4 billion in economic impact.

Join Seth in making Florida the most veterans friendly state in the nation. Share our G.I. Bill infographic on Facebook or Twitter and let your family and friends know about this important bill. 

Tax Cut of the Decade

Return $500 Million Back to Taxpayers

Seth believes that government should never take a penny more in taxes than what it needs to fulfill its core functions.

During the 2014 legislative session, Seth fought to return $500 million back to the taxpayer. If you want to keep taxes low, show your support by sharing this graphic on Twitter or Facebook. 

Keeping a Balanced Budget

Ensure Florida Remains Fiscally Strong

As budget chairman of the Florida House of Representatives, Seth was responsible for keeping Florida among the most fiscally sound governments in the world. 

Seth worked each day to keep an eye on every dollar the state spends to ensure you get the maximum value on your tax dollars. If you support keeping Florida’s bond rating high and taxes low, share the budget graphic on social media. 

Prioritizing Our Children

Providing New Resources to Our Schools 

Seth believes that providing a world class education for Florida’s children is a top priority. 

As Chairman of the Florida House Appropriations Committee, Seth increased funding for Florida’s schools by 12 percent or nearly $2 billion. Seth’s record of supporting education reforms that get proven results for Florida’s students ensures education dollars are effectively spent.   

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Meet Seth

A Life of Public Service

A former state representative, Seth McKeel is among the fifth generation in his family to call Lakeland home. Born to Doug and Peggy McKeel, Seth, the eldest of three, learned the family business and showed a passion for public service at an early age. At Lakeland High School, Seth lettered in swimming, graduated with high honors, and learned a lot about public service.

Seth credits the YMCA’s Youth in Government program for sparking an interest in state government, respect for civic engagement, a passion for helping people and knack for working with others. A college semester as a sophomore in London, England gave Seth a global perspective of our democracy through the eyes of others. And upon returning home to the University of Florida Seth majored in Political Science and graduated with honors from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

In 2006, Seth announced his candidacy for the Florida House of Representatives and rode a wave of community support to a large election day win. Seth showed promise early in his legislative career taking on tough issues facing Florida including natural resource development, energy independence and higher education reform. 

Seth’s commitment to fiscal responsibility earned him the trust of House Speaker Will Weatherford and in early 2012 he was named Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. As Chairman, Seth oversees the House’s efforts to balance Florida’s approximately $75 billion budget, keeping taxes low and holding government agencies fiscally accountable. 

The Florida Legislature is a “citizen” legislature where members serve part-time while maintaining jobs at home. As Seth continued to guide his family business, he grew more aware of the contrast between how governments and businesses spend money. In Tallahassee, Seth focused more on the state budget and became one of the House’s most knowledgeable members on state spending.   

A proud University of Florida Gator, Seth recently was awarded the Presidential Medallion, one of the university’s highest awards, for his contributions and service to UF and higher education in our state. Seth will leave the Florida House of Representatives in November of this year concluding a distinguished fourteen year career of dedicated service to the citizens of Lakeland, Polk County and the State of Florida.

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