|Chair of the House Transportation Committee|
January 3, 2011 - January 3, 2013
|Ranking Member of the House Transportation Committee|
January 3, 2007 - January 3, 2011
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Florida's 7th district
January 3, 1993 - January 3, 2017
|Member of the Florida House of Representatives|
from the 39th district
John Luigi Mica
January 27, 1943
Binghamton, New York, U.S.
|Relatives||Dan Mica (brother)|
|Alma mater||Miami Dade College|
University of Florida (BA)
John Luigi Mica (born January 27, 1943) is an American businessman, consultant and Republican politician who represented Florida's 7th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993 to 2017. He was defeated by Democrat Stephanie Murphy in the November 8, 2016, general election while serving his 12th term in office.
Mica was born in Binghamton, New York and grew up in Florida. He was educated at Miami Edison High School, Miami-Dade Community College and the University of Florida, where he received a degree in education and was a member of Delta Chi fraternity and Florida Blue Key. He has been a businessman serving in the real estate, telecommunications, government affairs and consulting fields.
Mica was a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 1976-80 and served on several committees, including the Appropriations Committee. He was a staff member for Senator Paula F. Hawkins from 1981-85 and became her chief of staff.
In 1992, Mica ran for Congress in the 7th District, previously the 4th District represented by two-term Republican Craig T. James.
Mica won the Republican primary with 53% of the vote, defeating State Representative Richard Graham (34%) and Vaughn Forrest (13%). In the general election, he defeated Democrat Dan Webster 56%-44%.
During this time period, he won re-election every two years with at least 60% of the vote.
Mica defeated Jack Chagnon 63%-37%.
Mica defeated Heather Beaven 69%-31%.
After the 2010 Census, the bulk of Mica's territory became the 6th District. However, most of the Orange County portion, including Mica's home in Winter Park, was drawn into the new 7th District. That district had previously been the 24th District, represented by freshman Republican Sandy Adams. Although the new 7th was over 58 percent new to Mica, he defeated Adams in the Republican primary with 61 percent of the vote. In the general election, Mica defeated Jason Kendall 59%-41%.
Mica defeated Wes Neuman 64%-32%.
A court-ordered redistricting made the 7th slightly friendlier to Democrats. The new map cut out the district's share of Volusia County, while pushing it farther into Orlando.
The 7th had already been a marginal district, even though Mica had been elected twice from this district without serious difficulty. Mitt Romney narrowly won it over Barack Obama in 2012, with 51 percent of the vote. In contrast, had the redrawn 7th existed in 2012, Obama would have won it with 49.4 percent.
As chairman of the House Oversight Committee's subcommittee on government operations, Mica convened a hearing on marijuana legalization in 1999. It was the first such hearing since 1988. Mica opposes the legalization of recreational marijuana. Another such hearing was held by Mica in 2014 on the same subject, with multiple drug experts providing input.
|Republican||John Mica (inc.)||149,656||63.08|
|Democratic||John F. Chagnon||87,584||36.92|
|Republican||John Mica (incumbent)||238,721||62.0|
|Republican||John Mica (Incumbent)||184,868||69|
|Republican||John Mica (incumbent)||32,119||61.2|
|Republican||Sandra Adams (incumbent)||20,404||38.8|
|Republican||John Mica (incumbent)||185,518||58.7|
|Democratic||Jason H. Kenall||130,479||41.3|
|Independent||Fred Marra (write-in)||13||0.0|
|Republican||John Mica (incumbent)||32,084||72.2|
|Republican||John Mica (incumbent)||144,474||63.6|
|Republican||John Mica (incumbent)||38,528||77.2|
|Republican||John Mica (incumbent)||171,583||48.5|
|Independent||Mike Plaskon (write-in)||33||0.0|
|Democratic gain from Republican|
Mica was chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee from January 3, 2011 to December 2012.
Mica is married to Patricia, a schoolteacher, and has two grown children. He lives in Winter Park, Florida. He is the brother of former Representative Daniel A. Mica, while his other brother, David, is a former ranking staffer of Senator Lawton Chiles. He is a member of the Kennedy Center Board of Trustees and the Coast Guard Academy Board of Visitors.
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