Gus M. Bilirakis
U.S. Representative, R-Florida
Congressman Gus M. Bilirakis is a Republican from Palm Harbor, representing Florida’s 12th Congressional District, which includes all of Pasco and northern parts of Pinellas and Hillsborough counties.
Congressman Bilirakis serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee and it’s subcommittees on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, and Communications and Technology. He is also Vice-Chairman of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee. The Energy and Commerce Committee is the longest-standing committee in the U.S. House of Representatives and the one with primary jurisdiction over most advertising and communications issues.
Prior to being elected to Congress, Congressman Bilirakis served four terms in the Florida House of Representatives, where he chaired several prominent panels, including Crime Prevention, Public Safety Appropriations, and the Economic Development, Trade and Banking Committee. While in Tallahassee, he won bipartisan acclaim for his leadership on efforts to make communities safer, improve transportation, reform government, recognize the sacrifices of America’s Veterans and expand the role community health centers play in making health care more available to lower-income individuals. During this time, he also served as Senior Partner at the Bilirakis Law Group in Holiday, Florida, where he specialized in wills, trusts and estate planning.
The Congressman learned about public service from his father, former Congressman Michael Bilirakis (R). Early in his career he interned for President Ronald Reagan and the National Republican Congressional Committee, and worked for former U.S. Representative Don Sundquist (R-TN).
Speaker, Advertising Day on the Hill 2017
Last Updated: March 2017