Committee Assignments: Foreign Affairs and Transportation & Infrastructure
Contacts: Chief of Staff: Jason Moon Legislative Director: Abigail Dosoretz Twitter: @TreyRadel
Experience: Before coming to Congress, Rep. Radel hosted a conservative TV and radio show on a local Fox affiliate in FL. He is tri-lingual and ran a media relations company focused on advancing conservative causes. He and his wife launched US Forces Fund, a nonprofit focused on helping injured soldiers returning home from abroad. He also bought, reformatted, and expanded the Naples Journal, a community newspaper in Collier County. When he was younger, he worked in his family’s funeral parlor driving the hearse and hosting visitation services, an experience that instilled a sense of empathy and compassion.
Importance: Rep. Radel won a 5 way primary with just 30 percent of the vote topping Rep. Porter Goss’s son for the nomination. He went on to win the solidly-Republican SW FL district by 26 points in the general election. He is a solidly conservative Member and is expected to be a reliable vote for Republican leadership. He has stated that he is in favor of removing tax preferences to simplify the code, even specifically mentioning such popular deductions as the mortgage interest deduction as a potential target for reform. With a safe district and a knack for media relations, Rep. Radel is well positioned to cut staunchly conservative path during his first term. With seats on Foreign Relations and T&I, it will be interesting to see his balance addressing the infrastructure needs of his district with the campaign rhetoric of restricting and cutting government.
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