Florida (District: 16)
Vernon G. “Vern” Buchanan (born May 8, 1951) is the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_House_of_Representatives">Congressman for http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florida%27s_16th_congressional_district">Florida’s 16th congressional district, serving in Congress since 2007. He is a member of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republican_Party_(United_States)">Republican Party. U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan is the only Florida Member of Congress to serve on the House http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_House_Committee_on_Ways_and_Means">Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over tax policy, international trade, health care, and Social Security. Buchanan also serves as a Co-Chair of the Florida Congressional Delegation.
Prior to serving in Congress, he was in business for over 30 years and was the chairman of both the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florida_Chamber_of_Commerce">Florida State Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he served as member of the board and the executive committee of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Chamber_of_Commerce">United States Chamber of Commerce.
U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan is the only Florida member of Congress to serve on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over tax policy, international trade, health care and Social Security.
A self-made businessman, Buchanan understands that America’s economic strength flows from its entrepreneurial spirit and pro-growth, free-market policies. Buchanan has worked tirelessly to enact tax incentives to help small businesses, end burdensome regulations, and limit frivolous lawsuits.
In his fourth term, Buchanan is an outspoken advocate of reforming the U.S. tax code to make it simpler and fairer. He serves on the Trade and Health subcommittees on Ways and Means.
As a member of the Trade Subcommittee, Buchanan recognizes that international competitiveness is key to revitalizing the economy. He will seek to move three free trade agreements through the Congress and conduct oversight on U.S. trade relations with the European Union, China, India, among others.
Buchanan is also a member of the Health Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over Medicare and employer-provided health insurance benefits. With 190,000 Medicare beneficiaries in Florida’s 16th District, Buchanan is committed to preserving Medicare’s long-term solvency for senior citizens, as well as bringing down the cost of health care for all Americans.
And as the Chairman of the Friends of Panama Caucus, Buchanan will continue his efforts to help Port Manatee grow and capitalize on the upcoming expansion of the Panama Canal.
A strong fiscal conservative, the Congressman’s signature bill is the Buchanan Balanced Budget Amendment Act. He also introduced legislation to stop automatic pay raises for Members of Congress until the budget is balanced.
Congressman Buchanan’s previous committee assignments include the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the House Veterans Affairs Committee, and the House Small Business Committee, where he also served as the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Finance and Tax.
Vern Buchanan grew up with five siblings in a blue collar household in a small town near Detroit, Michigan. He served six years in the Air National Guard and worked his way through college.
The self-made businessman is a respected leader in Florida’s business community. He chaired both the Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. He was also a member of the Board of the U.S. Chamber, and in 2005 he was inducted into the Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame.
In addition, Congressman Buchanan is a dedicated philanthropist, committing himself to diverse community causes, including the Boys and Girls Club, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, the Walk to Cure Juvenile Diabetes, the American Heart Walk, the Mote Marine Laboratory, and the Ringling Museum of Art.
A husband and father, Congressman Buchanan lives in Longboat Key, Florida with his wife of more than 30 years. Mr. and Mrs. Buchanan have two grown sons, James and Matt.