Florida sending Crist, 9 other new faces to U.S. House
November 9, 2016
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida is sending a lot of new faces to the U.S. House. Ten, to be exact, in one of the state's most extensive turnovers in its Washington representation.
Four members of Congress decided they'd had enough, three decided to pursue other political opportunities, one was defeated in her primary and two lost in Tuesday's general election.
That means more than a third of Florida's 27-member congressional delegation will be freshmen.
The most notable new addition is former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, who has revived his career as a Democrat. The most notable subtraction is 12-term Republican Rep. John Mica, who was defeated by political newcomer Stephanie Murphy.
One reason for the changes: The Florida Supreme Court ordered lawmakers to redraw congressional maps to comply with the state constitution.