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Congresswoman Sandy Adams has a reputation: She’s one tough grandmother.
After a distinguished law enforcement career, she became a victim’s rights advocate, and used that experience to get elected to the Florida House of Representatives. Eight years later, she went on to win the biggest victory of the 2010 election, defeating incumbent Congresswoman Suzanne Kosmas by 20 percentage points – the second largest margin against an incumbent in the nation.
In Congress, Sandy represented the Space Coast and established herself as a no-nonsense conservative voice on national security, government spending, and pro-family issues. The challenges Sandy faced in her own life made her a dogged fighter for the issues she cares about. In her first term, the New York Times called her “the toughest” member of that historic freshman class.
Sandy grew up in a military family, and with members having served in every branch, she followed suit and joined the United States Air Force. Sandy met and married another service member and ended her military career to start a family. But her experiences inspired her lifelong commitment to helping the members of our Armed Forces, who risk their lives to protect our freedoms.
Unfortunately, Sandy’s young family faced difficult challenges. Trapped in an abusive marriage, she faced an uncertain future as a single parent, but the future of her young daughter was too important, so she left. Sandy struggled to make ends meet and refusing welfare worked two and three jobs, while going to school to get her GED.
After getting her diploma, she continued to work while attending the police academy at night and became a deputy sheriff, serving seventeen distinguished years. While serving, she met and married Deputy Sheriff Frank Seton. Frank and Sandy lived happily until his tragic death in a duty-related accident, which led Sandy to become a victims’ rights advocate, frequently take her to Tallahassee to fight for the rights of families impacted by crime.
Frustrated by decisions coming from Tallahassee, Sandy decided to run for the State House of Representatives and won a crowded election against candidates with more money – but not with more grit. Sandy outworked her opposition and went on to serve eight years in Tallahassee.
After President Obama’s election in 2008, Sandy watched as the federal government got more intrusive, and the liberal policies of the President and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi were destroying our healthcare, our economy, and our national security. She decided to run for Congress and went on to win in spite of being outspent 2-1.
In 2012 the Florida Legislature redrew the congressional district lines and Sandy was drawn into a district with a 20 year incumbent. Sandy took a principled stand in running, and while outspent 3-1, finished better than most had predicted while unsuccessful in her bid for re-election. Sandy has stayed involved and continues to this day fighting for victims and citizens rights.
Now a resident of New Smyrna, Sandy is back and ready to fight for us again.