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Lois Frankel

Lois Frankel
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 22nd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded by Allen West
Mayor of West Palm Beach, Florida
In office
March 27, 2003 – March 31, 2011
Preceded by Joel Daves
Succeeded by Jeri Muoio
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 85th district
In office
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 2003
Preceded by Mimi McAndrews
Succeeded by Shelley Vana
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 83rd district
In office
January 3, 1987 – January 3, 1993
Preceded by Eleanor Weinstock
Succeeded by Sharon Merchant
Personal details
Born (1948-05-17) May 17, 1948
New York City, New York, United States[1]
Political party Democratic
Residence West Palm Beach, Florida
Alma mater Boston University
Georgetown University Law Center
Profession lawyer, politician
Religion Jewish
Website Representative Lois Frankel

Lois Jane Frankel (born May 17, 1948) is an American politician and lawyer who has been the United States Representative for Florida's 22nd congressional district since 2013. She is a member of the Democratic Party.

Frankel was member of the Florida House of Representatives for fourteen years, becoming the first woman to serve as Minority Leader of the State House in Florida's history.[2] She was elected Mayor of West Palm Beach, Florida, in 2003,[2] serving two terms in office until leaving office in 2011 due to term limits. On November 6, 2012, Frankel was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida's 22nd congressional district; she was sworn in on January 3, 2013.


  • Early life and education 1
  • Florida House of Representatives (1987-2003) 2
    • Elections 2.1
    • Tenure 2.2
    • Committee assignments 2.3
  • 1992 congressional election 3
  • 2002 gubernatorial election 4
  • Mayor of West Palm Beach (2003-2011) 5
  • U.S. House of Representatives 6
    • 2012 congressional election 6.1
    • Committee assignments 6.2
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Early life and education

Frankel was born in 1948[3] in

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Allen West
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 22nd congressional district

January 3, 2013 – present
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Elizabeth Esty
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Tulsi Gabbard

External links

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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Frankel beats Daves for West Palm Mayor".  
  3. ^ "Lois Frankel". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 2011-03-23. 
  4. ^ a b "Lois J. Frankel, Mayor of the City of West Palm Beach". City of  
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  8. ^ Ashley Fantz (November 15, 2001). "Florida House minority leader Lois Frankel is waging an impossible campaign for governor". Broward/Long Beach New Times. 
  9. ^ Steve Nichol, Robin Fields, Jane Musgrave, and Glenn Singer (September 9, 1994). "Frankel Scores Victory In Bitter House Race". Sun Sentinel. 
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  20. ^ Streeter, Angel (2003-03-08). "Jeri Muoio elected mayor of West Palm Beach".  
  21. ^ Trygstad, Kyle (2003-03-21). "Lois Frankel Launches Bid Against Allen West".  
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  24. ^ "Frankel beats out Hasner in race for U.S. Congress". Retrieved 8 November 2012. 


Committee assignments

Frankel went on to win the general election on November 6, 2012, defeating Hasner 54.7% to 45.3%.[24]

Frankel was criticized for acceptance of $20,000.00 from Digital Domain Media Group for her election campaign five months after that company was awarded a downtown project which included incentives fron the city of West Palm Beach, and in response vowed to give the contribution to charity.[23]

On March 21, 2011, Frankel announced that she would run in the newly redrawn Florida's 22nd congressional district in the upcoming 2012 House election.[21] On August 14 she defeated Democrat primary rival Kristin Jacobs, and moved forward to the November election against Republican Adam Hasner.[22]

2012 congressional election

U.S. House of Representatives

On March 31, 2011, due to term limits, Frankel left office as Mayor of West Palm Beach after two-terms. In the race to succeed her, West Palm Beach city commissioner Jeri Muoio, was elected that month, with 51% of the vote, on a platform of business development and pension reform.[20]

In 2007, Frankel won re-election to a second term, defeating Al Zucaro 58%-42%.[19]

On March 11, 2003, Frankel defeated incumbent Democratic West Palm Beach Mayor Joel Daves in the mayoral election.[2] Frankel was endorsed in the race by former West Palm Beach Mayor Nancy Graham.[2] Frankel won with 56% of the vote to 38% for Daves.[2][18] She was sworn into office on March 27, 2003, as the city's third strong mayor.

Mayor of West Palm Beach (2003-2011)

In 2002, Frankel entered and then dropped out of the 2002 election for Governor of Florida, in which Governor Jeb Bush won re-election.[2]

2002 gubernatorial election

In 1992, she decided to retire from the State House to run for the newly created Florida's 23rd district. In the Democratic primary, Frankel ranked first with 35% of the vote, but failed to reach the 50% threshold necessary to win outright and avoid a run-off election.[16] In the run-off election, former U.S. District Court Judge Alcee Hastings defeated Frankel 57%-43%.[2][17]

1992 congressional election

  • Fiscal Responsibility Council
  • AIDS Task Force (committee chair)
  • Select Committee of the Whole
  • Select Committee on Child Abuse & Neglect (committee chair)[15]

Committee assignments

During her first period as a state legislator, Frankel was State House Majority Whip.[14] While in office from 1995 to 2003, Frankel became the first female House Minority Leader in Florida's history and co-authored a change to Florida's already existing AIDS omnibus law originally passed in 1988.[2] She left office due to term limits in 2002 after serving fourteen years in the State House.[2][4]


In 1994 Frankel challenged, and after a bitter campaign, defeated McAndrews in the Democratic primary for her old State House seat.[9] Frankel won the November 1994 general election with 55% of the vote.[10] In 1996, she won re-election to a fifth term with 68% of the vote.[11] In 1998, she won re-election to a sixth term with 64% of the vote.[12] In 2000, she won re-election to a seventh term with 63% of the vote.[13]

In November 1991, Frankel resigned as state representative, to run for Congress in 1992.[8] Mimi McAndrews, a former aide of Frankel's, was elected to replace her. Frankel lost to fellow Democratic representative Alcee Hastings in the 1992 congressional primary.

In 1986, incumbent Democratic state representative Eleanor Weinstock of the 83rd district decided to run for a seat in the Florida Senate. Frankel ran for Weinstock's open seat in the Florida House, and defeated Republican nominee Gerald Adams 69%-31% in November 1986.[5] In 1988, she won re-election to a second term unopposed;[6] in 1990, she again was unopposed.[7]


Florida House of Representatives (1987-2003)

[2], in 1974.West Palm Beach, Florida Frankel moved to [4]

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