Republican Chris Burke enters race to succeed NickDiCeglie in House District 59
Image via Burke campaign.

Burke joins a crowded Republican Primary ballot.

Seminole City Council member Chris Burke has announced his campaign for Florida House District 59, joining four other Republicans in the race to succeed Rep. Nick DiCeglie in the redrawn district.

Burke is a decorated U.S. Army Veteran and law enforcement officer, serving with the Largo Police Department since 1989. Burke served in the Gulf War, where he was nominated for the Bronze Star medal. He served as a School Resource Officer in Largo for six years and in 2006 was named the School Resource Officer of the Year for the state of Florida.

“Growing up in Pinellas County since 1979, I’ve been honored to serve my community in many different ways,” Burke said in a statement. “First, on active duty in the U.S. Army and later as an Army Reserve Sergeant during Operation Desert Storm. Today I serve as a member of the Seminole City Council and a Patrol Commander at the Largo Police Department. I’ve always fought for what’s important – our freedoms, our families, and conservative values. As the next state representative for House District 59, voters can count on me to continue to defend our constitution.”

Burke also served on the Department Tactical Team and was a hostage negotiator as well as the SIRT Commander. He currently serves on the Seminole City Council and has previously served as Vice Mayor.

House District 59 is located in Pinellas County and includes Largo, Seminole, parts of Pinellas Park and some of unincorporated Pinellas County.

In the GOP primary, Burke will face frontrunners Jennifer Wilson, a business lawyer, and Berny Jacques.

Megan Angel Petty and Dipak Dinanath Nadkarni are also running for the Republican nomination, making for a crowded primary race.

Kelly Hayes

Kelly Hayes studied journalism and political science at the University of Florida. Kelly was born and raised in Tampa Bay. A recent graduate, she enjoys government and legal reporting. She has experience covering the Florida Legislature as well as local government, and is a proud Alligator alum. You can reach Kelly at [email protected].


  • Nick

    March 30, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    Another boring old white dude. How exhilarating.

  • Gary

    March 30, 2022 at 10:09 pm

    Translation: Berny Jacques just won the primary

  • Kyle

    March 30, 2022 at 10:27 pm

    Yeah. Because when I think of reaching for the stars, I think of being a School Resource Officer in Florida…

  • Bruce

    March 30, 2022 at 11:25 pm

    He’s currently a Seminole Councilman? I wonder why the City of Seminole’s website says there’s “no biography available for him at this time.” I’m sure that means he is every bit as awesome as this press release his consultants wrote.

  • Carla

    March 31, 2022 at 12:35 am

    Nothing says a guy is “ready to fight” like him bragging about being a Reserve Officer during Desert Storm.

  • Roger That

    March 31, 2022 at 9:42 am

    Jennifer will eat this guy’s lunch if they ever debate each other

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