Meet Ben

Ben Diamond serves in the Florida House of Representatives, where he has been recognized as a leader in the Florida House Democratic Caucus. Ben was first elected to the Florida Legislature in November 2016, winning a swing seat that includes the City of St. Petersburg.

Born and raised in Pinellas County, Ben learned at an early age the importance of community and public service from his parents and grandparents. After graduating from law school, Ben sought out opportunities to serve others and to make a difference in our community and state.

As general counsel to Florida’s former Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, Ben advised Florida’s CFO in navigating the state’s response to the Great Recession, and in responding to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster.

Following his work in the CFO’s office, Ben and his wife Christina moved home to Tampa Bay to start a family. Ben built a law practice and emerged as a civic leader in St. Petersburg on a number of critical local issues – from improving our transportation, to protecting our water and natural resources.

In 2014, Ben was part of the legal team that led a successful campaign to amend Florida’s Constitution to provide dedicated funding for land and water conservation.

As a new member of the Florida House, Ben quickly built a reputation as a champion for Democratic values, while also always seeking ways to work across the aisle to try to find bipartisan solutions on the issues important to Florida’s future.

Ben has championed the need for environmental stewardship of Florida’s land and water resources. He has been an outspoken advocate for statewide resiliency efforts to prepare Florida for the impacts of climate change.

On the House Judiciary Committee, Ben has been a leader in advocating for criminal justice reform. Ben strongly believes our justice system must be equitable and just for all Americans.

As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, Ben has advocated for building a budget that will help working Floridians, and has fought to expand access to health care for working families.

Ben has advocated to fund projects important to our community – from increasing services for Tampa Bay’s veterans, to supporting the arts and cultural institutions that have been so important to St. Petersburg’s vibrant economy.

Ben graduated from Yale University and earned his law degree from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Florida Law Review.

He and his wife Christina live in St. Petersburg with their three children, Frank (8), Adele (3), and Vera (3).