Gus Michael Bilirakis
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Gus Michael Bilirakis ()
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Bilirakis was born on February 8, 1963 in Gainesville, Florida.  He is the second-generation son of Greek immigrants. He attended Tampa Bay area public schools and continued to work in his grandfather's bakery while growing up.
Bilirakis graduated from Tarpon Springs High School and St. Petersburg Junior College. He then attended the University of Florida, where he graduated in 1986 with a bachelor's degree in political science. He received his law degree from the Stetson University College of Law in 1989.
Bilirakis has a Tampa Bay area law practice, the Bilirakis Law Group, specializing in probate and estate planning, which he took over from his father. He has helped run his father's campaigns for the past 23 years.
Bilirakis was first elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1998 when he won the District 48 seat held for 10 years by Representative Sandy Safley, R-Clearwater, who decided not to run again. This district covers most of north Pinellas County and part of Pasco County.
2006 congressional elections
In 2006, Bilirakis sought the congressional seat left vacant by his father, Rep. Mike Bilirakis (R-Fla.). He won the Republican primary on September 5, 2006, with 82% of the vote. In the general election, he faced Democrat Phyllis Busansky.
Bilirakis' declined to debate Busansky in a televised dabate sponsored by the Hillsborough County League of Women Voters in early October. 
Bilirakis defeated Busanky 56% to 44%. .
Money in politics
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|Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle|
|Donor||Amount (US Dollars)|
|Blue Cross/Blue Shield||$ 12,000|
|Society of Interventional Radiology||$ 12,000|
|Honeywell International||$ 10,500|
|American Kidney Stone Management||$ 10,000|
|American Medical Assn||$ 10,000|
|American Society of Anesthesiologists||$ 10,000|
|American Speech-Language-Hearing Assn||$ 10,000|
|Credit Union National Assn||$ 10,000|
|Exxon Mobil||$ 10,000|
|Marathon Petroleum||$ 10,000|
|Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' www.OpenSecrets.org site.|
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
|Links to more campaign contribution information for Gus Michael Bilirakis
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
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- Revolving door profile for Gus Michael Bilirakis from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
- 2006 privately funded travel profile for Gus Michael Bilirakis from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
- Personal finance profile for Gus Michael Bilirakis from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
Committees and Affiliations
- House Committee on Homeland Security
- Subcommittee on Border, Maritime, and Global Counterterrorism
- Subcommittee on Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection
- House Committee on Veterans' Affairs
- Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs
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Articles and resources
- Robin Stein, "Bilirakis hides from spotlight," St. Petersburg Times, October 13, 2006.
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|First Elected to Current Office:
November 7, 2006
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Date of Birth: February 8, 1963
November 7, 2006