|Name||George H. Sheldon|
Tampa, Florida , United States
|| 00, 1947
Aug 30, 2014 10:52am
|Info||Ex-State Rep., Deputy Attorney General & '00 Education Comnr Nominee |
Born in 1947 in Wildwood, New Jersey, George Sheldon received both his B.A. and J.D. from Florida State University. He has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1979 and holds the second highest rating as an attorney from Martindale-Hubbell.
George Sheldon has over 25 years of comprehensive experience working with national, state, and local governments. George began his career in 1967 with the Florida Department of State and then became the aide of Senator Reubin O.D. Askew. When Senator Askew was elected Governor, George helped to organize the new administration by running the transition office. He served as assistant to the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services while attending law school. In the early 1970s, he established in Tampa what has become one of the model drug abuse prevention and treatment programs in the state, and as Executive Director in 1971, George increased by over 400% the services provided by the Hillsborough Association for Retarded Citizens, managing a staff of close to one hundred.
In 1975, George was elected to the Florida House of Representatives and built an eight-year record focusing on the environment and children. In 1982, George became the Democratic nominee in the 9th Congressional District of Florida, winning a four-way primary without a run-off. He lost the general election by two points - 49% to 51% in a district with Democratic performance of only 42%.
In 1983, he joined the law firm of Levine, Freedman, Hirsch and Levinson in Tampa and established a consulting firm in 1987 of Sheldon, Cusick and Associates. He effectively lobbied for initial funding for computers in the classroom and for increased funding in following years.
In 2000 after making a late entry into the race, George won the Democratic nomination for Commissioner of Education before losing in the general election.