Baxter Troutman arrested for domestic battery, wife details years of abuse
Becky and Baxter Troutman.

Becky and Baxter Troutman

Former Agriculture Commissioner candidate Baxter Troutman faces new accusations by wife Rebecca of aggravated assault and domestic battery.

Baxter Troutman, Polk County Jail 1-4-19

Arrest records with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office detail a tumultuous and sometimes violent home life for the Troutmans over ten years of marriage, despite the couple during the course of his campaign insisting their home life remained idyllic.

Rebecca told law enforcement an argument initially broke out with Baxter on Wednesday night over the fact she’s purchased a Lakeland home in her own name. At 4:30 a.m. on Thursday morning, he barged into her bedroom, tore the comforter off and yelled: “Get up, it’s a new day, it’s time to get a job the fuckin’ gravy train is over.”

The Polk County jail booked Baxter Trouman on Friday. The Ledger first reported the arrest.

She also told investigators she and her husband had slept in separate bedrooms for years.

After that episode, Baxter Troutman started blaring television sets and played heavy metal music at high volume, according to Rebecca.

The matter turned violent when Rebecca bundled herself in her comforter and Baxter pulled it off the bed hard enough it threw her to the floor, she said. She then demanded he leave the room.

But Baxter returned, she said, and while she hid under the bed, grabbed her chin and jaw, then pulled her head up and screamed, “Bitch get up.” After he left again, Rebecca said she made an audio recording on her cell phone to show how he’d filled the house with loud music.

She then hid in her room with a chair propped against the door.

But Rebecca also detailed past incidents of violence against her by Baxter that she never reported.

She said he gave her a bloody nose in September by striking her after she refused to unlock her cell phone so he could inspect the contents.

More significantly, she said Baxter broke the pinky finger on her right hand while he twisted her arm behind her back during an argument. A neighbor took her to Winter Haven Hospital for treatment, and she produced time-stamped images of the injury for investigators.

The Troutmans live together and have one child together.

Baxter Troutman now faces one charge of aggravated battery and two counts of domestic battery related to Rebecca’s accusations.

It’s not Baxter Troutman’s first run-in with the law. He also spent a night in jail over a 2012 battery charge when he allegedly threw a blanket at his wife during an argument. The altercation happened on Baxter Troutman’s 46th birthday. The charge was later dismissed.

Despite the apparent tumult in the relationship, the Troutmans released family photos during Baxter Troutman’s run for Agriculture Commissioner earlier this year and Rebecca Troutman spoke out regularly on behalf of her husband’s campaign. That included representing the campaign at the Sunshine Summit.

Moreover, when political opponents for Baxter sent out electronic communications a week before the Republican primary publicizing his 2012 arrest, the couple pushed back at a narrative he might be abusive.

“It’s embarrassing, what happened that night,” Rebecca told Sunshine State News in August. “If my husband hadn’t been serving in the state House as he was at the time, or if he wasn’t from such a prominent family, the story wouldn’t have made the news and I wouldn’t feel the need to talk about it now.”

She maintained the incident had been isolated and the couple’s communication had improved since the night she impulsively called police over an argument.

“Baxter Troutman is a good man,” she told the website. “If he were anything less than an admirable man, it wouldn’t have worked out as it did and I wouldn’t be able to sit here and tell you, he’ll make a fantastic commissioner of agriculture.”

But he did not. Baxter Troutman came in third in the Republican primary, losing the nomination to Matt Caldwell. Caldwell went on to lose to Democrat Nikki Fried by a razor-thin margin in a tight general election.

Baxter Troutman, a Winter Haven citrus grower and grandson of Florida agriculture icon Ben Hill Griffin, Jr., previously served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2002 through 2010.

He proposed to Rebecca on the House floor in 2008.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected]


15 comments

  • Helen

    January 5, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    Lady, your husband is not a good man. Wake up.

  • Gary C Lopez

    January 5, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    You ever notice how the media hides anything negative about a Democrat public servant? Of course, you do! This is all hearsay. Loud music to wake a person is very common. Dragging the blankets off them, also very common. Did she get dragged to the floor? Maybe, but would that not be her fault also? At this point, this is a nothing burger no matter what party the guy was!

    • Austin Cassidy

      January 6, 2019 at 2:02 am

      He broke her pinky finger and punched her in the face. Are you nuts, Gary?

      • Gary

        January 7, 2019 at 1:19 am

        Guilty till proven innocent? You do know this is America…..right?

    • Jingle

      January 6, 2019 at 8:30 am

      If you’re not a troll, maybe you have done these things as well and should be locked up?

      • gary

        January 7, 2019 at 1:20 am

        oh please… this sounds like a typical domestic he said, she said nonsense.

  • annette

    January 6, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    Troutman is a Rethuglican

    • gary

      January 7, 2019 at 1:23 am

      I was surprised also. Usually, criminals, spouse abusers, and mass shooters are Democrats. Perhaps he switched parties, that would explain it.

  • Val Collin

    January 6, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    Wasn’t the former “illustrious “secretary of state Katherine Harris a relative of the wealthy Griffiths also?

  • My-opinion

    January 7, 2019 at 8:28 am

    Why was she promoting him in the election. Makes me lose respect for her for lying to the public that he was such a good man and deserved to hold the office. Sorry she was abused, no woman deserves that, but I am sick of all the cover-ups in politics.

    • gary

      January 7, 2019 at 1:23 pm

      Why indeed! Adults know why… she is fabricating this nonsense!

  • JIm

    January 7, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    Too many incidents for this to be fabricated. What an unlikely couple. She’s drop dead gorgeous and he’s this balding dude way in over his romance level.

    • gary

      January 8, 2019 at 1:44 pm

      And what does that tell you? GOLD DIGGER! The gravy train is over, so she needs an exit game.

  • Billy Bob

    January 8, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    From their “couples” photo it looks like Baxter “Out kicked his coverage”. Atta Boy Baxter!

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