Ric Keller

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Ric Keller is a former member of Congress

Richard Keller, a Republican, represented the 8th District of Florida in the U.S. House of Representatives between 2001-2009. He was defeated by Alan Grayson (D) in the November 2008 general election.


Record and controversies

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American Conservative Union 84 - 21/25 not avail.
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Americans for Democratic Action 20 - 4/20 15 - 3/20
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League of Conservation Voters not avail. not avail.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People not avail. not avail.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce 90 - 18/20 not avail.

Iraq War

Keller voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Term-limit pledge

Keller pledged to serve no more than three terms in Congress during his initial campaign in 2000. He broke the pledge, however, when he opted to seek a fourth term in 2006. [1]

(See Congresspedia page on term limits in Congress)


Keller was born in Johnson City, Tennessee on September 5,1964. He was educated at East Tennessee State University and Vanderbilt University, and was a lawyer before entering the House.

Keller is the author of "The Personal Responsibility in Food Consumption Act" a bill that passed the House of Representatives by an overwhelming, bi-partisan margin. The so-called "Cheeseburger Bill" prohibits lawsuits by obese customers who blame restaurants, supermarkets, and grocery manufactures for their overconsumption of food. On October 18, 2005, Keller was hospitalized in Orlando, Florida, after suffering a cardiac arrhythmia. He recovered, though he missed the vote on his Cheeseburger Bill. The bill passed the House without his vote, but floundered in the Senate.[2]

2006 elections

In 2006, the Democrats nominated Charlie Stuart to challenge Keller in his November 2006 bid for reelection. In addition, Wesley Hoaglund entered the race as an independent candidate. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [3] Keller retained his seat.

Money in politics

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Committees and Affiliations


More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Ric Keller. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC Office:
419 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-2176
Fax: 202-225-0999
Web Email

District Office- Eustis:
301 West Ward Avenue
Eustis, FL 32726
Phone: 888-642-1211
Fax: 407-872-1944

District Office- Ocala:
3330 Southeast Maricamp Road
Ocala, FL 34471
Phone: 888-642-1211
Fax: 407-872-1944

District Office- Orlando:
605 East Robinson Street, Suite 650
Orlando, FL 32801
Phone: 407-872-1962
TollFree: 888-642-1211
Fax: 407-872-1944

Articles and resources


  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.

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