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Van B. Poole

Van B. Poole
Florida House of Representatives Minority Whip
In office
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 30th district
In office
Florida State Senator from Broward County
In office
Personal details
Born (1935-07-05) July 5, 1935
Jackson, Madison County
Tennessee, USA
Political party Republican
Children Cynthia Lynne, Kimberly Anne, Mark Devereaux, and Katherine Kelley
Residence Fort Lauderdale
Broward County, Florida
Religion Roman Catholic
Military service
Service/branch United States Army Reserve

Van B. Poole (born July 5, 1935) is a former Republican politician from Florida.

Born in Jackson, the seat of Madison County in western Tennessee, he graduated in 1958 from Memphis State University in Memphis, Tennessee. He relocated to Florida in 1963.[1][2]

From 1953 to 1961, Poole served in the United States Army Reserve. From 1971 to 1979, he was a member of the Florida House of Representatives from Broward County in south Florida. He was elected to the state House in the same election in which his fellow Republicans, Governor Claude R. Kirk, Jr., and U.S. Representative William C. Cramer of St. Petersburg, went down to defeat. For two years, he was the House Minority Whip. From 1979 to 1983, he was a member of the Florida Senate. In 1982, he received 38.3 percent of the general election vote in his challenge to Democratic U.S. Senator Lawton Chiles, who won his third and final term in the body. Chiles was first elected in 1970, when he defeated Cramer.

Under the Republican Governor Bob Martinez, Poole was the director of the Florida Department of Business Regulation. From 1989 to 1993, he chaired the Florida Republican Party. In 2001, then Governor Jeb Bush appointed him to the Federal Judicial Nomination Commission, headed by former Governor Martinez.

Poole spent twenty years as an insurance executive with Krieg Kostas & Poole and is currently a lobbyist with Dutko Poole McKinley.[3]

He resides in Fort Lauderdale in Broward County. County.


  1. ^ "Florida House of Representatives". Retrieved 2011-12-12. 
  2. ^ "Ronald Reagan: Nomination of Van B. Poole To Be a Member of the National Advisory Council on Educational Research and Improvement". Retrieved 2011-12-12. 
  3. ^ "Dutko World Wide :: Poole". Dutko Worldwide. Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
Party political offices
Preceded by
John Grady
Republican nominee for United States Senator
from Florida
(Class 1)

Succeeded by
Connie Mack III

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