Representative David Richardson was first elected to the Florida House of Representatives for the term that began in November 2012. He won an open primary in August of 2014, and with that election became the first openly gay elected state legislator in the history of the state of Florida. This was the first public office that he campaigned for and the first public office he has held. He represents House District 113, including all of the City of Miami Beach, North Bay Village, downtown Miami and Little Havana.
During his short tenure in the House, Representative Richardson has filed legislation calling for stricter oversight at the Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, including the establishment of an Office of Inspector General. This bill was heard and unanimously passed by the House of Representatives. The language was included in an omnibus bill that was passed by both chambers and sent to the Governor for his signature.
Representative Richardson was born in Houston, Texas, on April 25, 1957. He moved to Florida in 1968, attending Lyman High School in Longwood before going on to attend the University of Central Florida (Orlando) where he earned undergraduate degrees in Accountancy and Biology. After graduating from the University of Central Florida, he began his career in as an auditor working for the US Department of Defense. During this time he attended the University of Tampa earning his Masters of Business Administration degree. Later he joined Ernst and Young, an international accounting and consulting firm. In 1993 he started his own small advisory services firm focusing on forensic accounting and finance matters related to federal contracts. He has held a Florida Certified Public Accountant license since 1985.
Since 2001 he has lived in the City of Miami Beach, a part of Miami Dade County.