Dan Webster makes clear he’s sticking with Congressional District 11

He welcomed Orange and Polk constituents back in the fold.

Rep. Daniel Webster made clear he will continue to run in Florida’s 11th Congressional District after lawmakers approved a new district map, now signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Webster put out a statement expressing enthusiasm over the new map. “I applaud Gov. DeSantis and the Florida Legislature’s passage of the congressional maps,” said Webster, a Clermont Republican.

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to once again represent Orange and Polk counties and serve them in Congress along with Lake and Sumter. Central Florida voters know my track record of fighting for conservative values, families and small businesses.”

The new cartography, crafted by DeSantis’ staff after the Governor vetoed maps drawn by the Legislature, makes significant changes to Webster’s seat.

The new lines split The Villages, one of the state’s largest concentrations of Republican voters, between Webster’s CD 11 and Florida’s 6th Congressional District, represented by Rep. Michael Waltz, a Deltona Republican. Webster will retain the bulk of that community in Sumter County but loses portions in Lady Lake and south Marion County. He also loses coastal constituents in Citrus, Hernando and Pasco counties, which all instead land in Florida’s 12th Congressional District, where Rep. Gus Bilirakis, a Palm Harbor Republican, is expected to run.

Meanwhile, Webster picks up south Lake County.

Of note, that includes his own home. Clermont was knocked out of Webster’s district when the Florida Supreme Court in 2015 tossed a map approved in 2012 by the Legislature. The court determined the map violated Florida’s Fair Districts amendment.

Of note, Webster represented Florida’s 10th Congressional District before the Supreme Court decision. That district became a Democratic seat now represented by Rep. Val Demings, an Orlando Democrat. In 2016, Webster elected to run in the more conservative CD 11. Now, he wants to continue doing so.

“I am committed to continuing to work hard to reduce government spending, secure our border, and protect our constitutional rights while opposing the Left’s radical agenda,” Webster said.

Under the DeSantis map, CD 11 remains a safe GOP seat. About 55% of voters in the district voted for Republican Donald Trump in the 2020 Presidential Election, compared to 44% who voted for Democrat Joe Biden.

Right now, the top fundraiser in the race remains internet provocateur Laura Loomer, who lost to Rep. Lois Frankel, a West Palm Beach Democrat, in the last election cycle. Loomer still lists a Lake Worth Beach address on campaign documents.

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].

One comment


    April 26, 2022 at 3:08 pm

    At least, most of Dr. Phillips and all of Windermere are now within new CD 11. Lake and Sumter counties will continue to be well served.

    Too bad the Disney folks within Reedy Creek, Lake Buena Vista, Bay Lake and out in Burbank now have a Republican Congressman (ok, will have come January 2023). to deal with. That has to be a bitter bottle of pills to swallow.

    I wonder how much “face time” Disney will have with Congressman Webster? I assume, not much if any in the current environment.

    I can just imagine a conversation between Disney execs and their p.r. hacks and the congressman – “Well Congressman Webster, as you are probably aware, Disney recently announced that we are committing ourselves to have at least 50 percent of all characters as LGBTIA and/or racial minorities.”

    What will the Congressman’s response be?

    On the other hand, the Congressman will be engaging with constituents who are moving Florida forward – such as The Villages (at least the slimmed down portion) Clermont, Dr. Phillips, Windermere and Winter Park

    Those who are bringing new businesses and jobs to Florida – such as The Kroger Co. with their new operation in Groveland and owners of small businesses who are creating jobs and improving their communities and economy each and everyday!

    Let’s see…today, Disney’s stock is down about $3.25 per share and a whopping $70.00 a share over the past year!

    I wonder how many at the Burbank mouse house have checked into Providence St. Joseph (across the street from the mouse house) for cardiac arrest as their 401k’s and special stock grant awards have been flushed into the Hyperion sewage plant?

    Kroger’s share price is down slightly today – about .65c a share, however, their share price has increased about $20.00 over the past year.


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