The Tommy Gregory Campaign today released the following statement regarding questions about Melissa Howard’s education credentials: [Read more…] about Gregory Statement on Questions Concerning Melissa Howard’s Résumé
Tommy Gregory Campaign
The spot touts Gregory’s high-profile endorsements from law enforcement
and the NRA as well as his experience as a veteran and prosecutor.
The Tommy Gregory Campaign today released its newest television spot, “Patriot.” It highlights Gregory’s 20-year career in the United States Air Force and his impressive endorsements from law enforcement and the National Rifle Association. Gregory is running for the District 73 seat in the Florida House of Representatives, currently held by Joe Gruters, who is running for the Florida Senate. [Read more…] about Gregory Releases Newest TV Ad
Tommy Gregory’s momentum continues with the endorsement
of Florida’s 12th Judicial Circuit Public Defender Larry Eger.
The Tommy Gregory Campaign today announced the endorsement of Larry Eger, Public Defender in Florida’s 12th Judicial Circuit. Gregory is running for the District 73 seat in the Florida House of Representatives, currently held by Joe Gruters, who is running for the Florida Senate. [Read more…] about Public Defender Larry Eger Endorses Gregory
The spot features Tommy Gregory’s wife, Erica, outlining his conservative
credentials and why she is confidently behind his candidacy for House District 73.
The Tommy Gregory Campaign today released its first television spot, “Tommy.” It features Gregory’s wife, Erica, outlining his conservative credentials and experience as a military veteran, prosecutor, and family man and why she is confidently behind his candidacy. Gregory is running for the District 73 seat in the Florida House of Representatives, currently held by Joe Gruters, who is running for the Florida Senate. [Read more…] about Gregory Releases First TV Ad
Both the National Rifle Association and Unified Sportsmen of Florida give Tommy
Gregory high marks for his commitment to protecting the Second Amendment.
The Tommy Gregory Campaign today announced the endorsements of the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) and Unified Sportsmen of Florida. Gregory is running for the District 73 seat in the Florida House of Representatives, currently held by Joe Gruters, who is running for the Florida Senate. [Read more…] about Gregory Wins NRA Endorsement
Furst becomes the latest in a string of current and former elected officials
to throw their support behind Tommy Gregory’s bid for House District 73.
The Tommy Gregory Campaign today announced the endorsement of Bill Furst, Sarasota County Property Appraiser. Gregory is running for the District 73 seat in the Florida House of Representatives, currently held by Joe Gruters, who is running for the Florida Senate. [Read more…] about Sarasota County Property Appraiser Bill Furst Endorses Gregory
Republican Tommy Gregory has banked nearly $180,000 and an impressive list of endorsements in the race for House District 73.
The Tommy Gregory Campaign today announced that it raised $25,650 during May. That brings the total amount raised for his campaign account to more than $81,500, well over twice that of his primary opponent. In addition, Friends of Tommy Gregory raised $12,700 in the month of May which brings his total amount raised to over $179,000. [Read more…] about Gregory Continues Strong Fundraising
In case you missed it, the East County Observer ran an article this week that highlights Tommy Gregory’s leadership experience and conservative campaign platform. You may read the article by clicking here or on the photo below. The text of the article is below as well.
By: Jay Heater, Managing Editor
East County Observer
Knocking on more than 1,000 doors in the Lakewood Ranch area, Tommy Gregory said he was met with one overwhelming concern from residents.
“People feel the Constitution is under attack,” said Gregory, a retired Air Force veteran who now is a Sarasota attorney.
Gregory, a Republican, announced in March he was running for the state House District 73 seat held by Joe Gruters, who is running for the state Senate. In a short period, he has tried to meet as many voters as possible.
“They are upset,” said Gregory, who works with the Williams Parker Harrison Dietz and Getzen law firm of Sarasota. “They have Republican values, and they are being shouted down by the left. They feel there is no civil discourse.
“I have spent my entire life defending the Constitution.”
His said his military background — he graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy and retired on 2014 after 20 years as a lieutenant colonel — will be a key in his race against Republican Melissa Howard and Democrat Liv Coleman.
Although none of the three candidates has experience as an elected official, Gregory said voters would be sending a seasoned veteran to the Legislature when it comes to leadership if he is their pick.
He said that is key because it won’t be easy for the District 73 representative to compete for leadership positions to enact change.
“I’m already a leader,” he said. “I’ve trained my whole life to be one.”
His military background includes 14 years as a judge advocate general prosecutor and time as a contracts manager. He holds an undergraduate degree in economics.
“My military background has prepared me to handle things at the highest level,” he said from his home, just north of Fruitville Road and east of Lorraine Road in eastern Sarasota County. “I have worked interagency issues. I have worked with other branches of the government. I have worked with other governments.”
He said his experience includes working with legislators from around the state, a fact he said will give him credibility if he is elected.
“I have the experience to debate public policy issues,” he said. “In the military, I was tasked with giving people news they didn’t want to hear. My skin already is thick. Professionalism already is ingrained in me. I can take the attacks, and the way I am going to respond is professionally. Do we want to send somebody who isn’t ready to have public scrutiny of their behavior? We can’t send someone in unprepared.”
Gregory, 46, has been married for 22 years to Erica, who also retired from the Air Force as a lieutenant colonel. They have three boys, 16-year-old Grant, 15-year-old Eric and 13-year-old Noah.
He was asked why he is still “Tommy” and not “Tom.”
“Tommy is my legal name on my birth certificate,” he said with a laugh. “My dad, Thomas Gregory, and my mom, Linda, didn’t want to call me ‘Junior.’ And in the military, my first name wasn’t used for 20 years.”
He categorizes himself as an outdoorsman who grew up hunting deer and wild pigs with his dad. He said he is a fierce competitor who lived the code “Respect everyone, fear no one” in the military. He says he is a serious man who almost always is smiling. He also describes himself as a “servant-leader.”
He said three major reasons signal the time is right for him to go to the Legislature.
The first is to protect individual rights. The second is to further strengthen the economy (he supports President Donald Trump’s economic policies). The third is to increase respect for law enforcement.
“We need to return society to one that respects the law,” he said.
Overall, he said he can “step into the job and do it from Day 1.”
And why do it at all? Doesn’t the public tend to be negative when it comes to politicians?
“Nothing is as rewarding as helping people,” he said.
Paid by Tommy Gregory, Republican, for State Representative
The District 38 state representative says Gregory’s leadership skills and
passion for supporting military veterans make him the right choice
The Tommy Gregory Campaign today announced the endorsement of State Representative Danny Burgess. Gregory is running for the District 73 seat in the Florida House of Representatives, currently held by Joe Gruters, who is running for the Florida Senate.
“Tommy Gregory’s strong conservative leadership will be a welcome addition to the Florida House,” said Burgess. “He is a dedicated patriot, committed to ensuring that Florida’s economy remains strong and Florida is a state where folks from all walks of life, including our veterans, can flourish. I’m proud to support a fellow veteran and JAG, and I look forward to working with him. Plus, we need more Zephyrhills Bulldogs in office!”
Burgess was elected to represent District 38 in the Florida House of Representatives in 2014, and he currently serves as Chair of the Insurance and Banking Subcommittee. At 18, he was the youngest person ever elected to the Zephyrhills City Council, and at 26, he was elected Zephyrhills’s youngest mayor.
Like Gregory, Burgess is from Pasco County, where both men graduated from Zephyrhills High School. They also share the distinction of both having served in the JAG Corps. Burgess is currently a JAG in the Army Reserves, and Gregory served as a JAG for most of his 20 years on active duty in the United States Air Force.
“I’m proud to have the support of a leader like Danny Burgess,” said Gregory. “He shares my passion for serving our country, strengthening our communities, and making sure our veterans are fully supported. He is a dedicated public servant, and I’m excited about working with him to keep Florida on the right track.”
Paid by Tommy Gregory, Republican, for State Representative
The former Manatee County sheriff says Gregory has demonstrated
the leadership and service needed to be an effective legislator
The Tommy Gregory Campaign today announced the endorsement of former Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube. Gregory is running for the District 73 seat in the Florida House of Representatives, currently held by Joe Gruters, who is running for the Florida Senate. Steube’s endorsement follows the announcement earlier this week that Sarasota Sheriff Tom Knight is also supporting Gregory.
“Tommy Gregory’s character and values will make him a very effective legislator,” said Steube. “His military career demonstrates his commitment to public service, and I believe he will bring the same determination and skill to the Florida House. I am pleased to endorse him and urge all District 73 voters to support him.”
In 1978, Steube joined the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, where he held various leadership positions throughout his career, including Commander of the Narcotics and Vice Unit as well as the Special Weapons and Tactics Team. Former Governor Charlie Crist appointed him Sheriff in 2007, and he won re-election in 2008 and 2012. Steube is a graduate of Leadership Manatee and the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy. In 2015, he announced that he planned to retire and would not seek re-election in 2016.
“Sheriff Steube really modeled community leadership during his time in office,” said Gregory. “I appreciate the example he set, and I’m honored to have his support. I look forward to working with him and other local leaders to find policy solutions that will help us overcome our area’s challenges and make the most of our opportunities.”