David Richardson

Miami Beach Commissioner, Group 6

David will be a critical LGBTQ voice on the Miami Beach City Commission

Biography

Former Representative David Richardson made history in Florida the night of August 14, 2012, when he became the first openly gay person to win a seat in the Florida Legislature. This was his first campaign for public office.

In only his second term of office, he became the House Minority Floor Leader and sat on the Caucus Leadership Team in addition to being the Ranking Democratic member of the Rules, Calendar, and Ethics Committee. He represented House District 113 including all of the City of North Bay Village, City of Miami Beach, downtown Miami and Little Havana.

Richardson was born in Houston, Texas, and moved to Florida in 1968, a hometown boy growing up in Longwood where he attended Lyman High School. He later studied at the University of Central Florida, graduating with degrees in Biology and Accountancy. Upon graduating from the University of Central Florida, he attended the University of Tampa earning his Masters of Business Administration. He began his career as an auditor working for the US Department of Defense, after which he joined Ernst and Young, an international accounting and consulting firm. In 1993 he started his own advisory services firm focused on forensic accounting of government contracts. He has been a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Florida for 33 years.

While serving in the state legislature, Richardson was a voice for the LGBT community, working tirelessly to end discrimination and promoting LGBT rights and equality. In the 2015 legislative session, Representative Richardson fought to kill the bigoted ‘Bathroom Bill’ that would have allowed harassment of transgendered people as well as fighting to kill the ‘Religious Conscious’ Bill that would otherwise allow discrimination on the basis of one’s religious belief. His legislative accomplishments for the LGBT community include enacting rule changes within both the Department of Children and Families and the Guardian Ad Litem programs to provide protections to LGBT children in Foster Care and under the care of the state of Florida.

Richardson secured budget funding to start a pilot project combatting LGBT youth homelessness in South Florida. He spearheaded the successful effort that finally removed the outdated and unenforced language in Florida Statutes banning gay people from adopting children. Representative Richardson led the effort to make conversion therapy on minor children illegal in the state of Florida, and when he could not get it passed statewide in Tallahassee he initiated the efforts to pass local bans starting in his hometown of Miami Beach.

Former Representative Richardson resides in the City of Miami Beach, a part of Miami-Dade County.

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