St. Petersburg, FL – U.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer is backing State Representative Ben Diamond in the Democratic primary for Florida’s 13th Congressional District.
“Ben Diamond was inspired to run for office by his grandfather and my dear friend, Congressman Dante Fascell. Dante was an excellent representative for Florida, and I know he served as a wonderful role model to Ben, in whom I see the same values of integrity and honesty that his grandfather brought to his work every day in Congress,” said Leader Hoyer. “As an attorney and state lawmaker, Ben has built a track record of delivering results on behalf of his community. In Congress, I know he will continue to advocate for Florida’s working families, seniors, and natural resources, just as he has throughout his career. From defending the promise of our democracy to creating and protecting American jobs, Ben is the best choice to represent the people of Florida’s 13th Congressional District in Congress.”
As House Majority Leader, Congressman Hoyer is the second-ranking member of the House Democratic Leadership. He is charged with scheduling legislation for consideration on the House Floor, shaping House Democrats’ legislative priorities, and delivering the Democratic message. Congressman Hoyer previously served as House Majority Leader from 2007 to 2011 and as House Democratic Whip from 2003 to 2007 and 2011-2019.
“I am honored to have the support of House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. A consensus-builder and devoted public servant, Leader Hoyer has never stopped fighting to deliver for our communities and our nation,” said Rep. Diamond. “There’s so much at stake in this election, from lowering costs for working families to defending the freedoms fundamental to our democracy. I am humbled that he has put his faith in me to win one of the country’s most competitive House races, and I look forward to having the distinct privilege of serving with him in Congress.”
The race to succeed Congressman Charlie Crist in FL-13 is expected to be one of the most competitive in Florida. District 13 includes St. Petersburg, Clearwater, and much of Pinellas County.
Hoyer’s endorsement continues Diamond’s strong momentum in the race for FL-13. Hoyer joins former Mayor of Tampa Bob Buckhorn, former Congressman Jim Davis, former Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, former Democratic Attorney General nominee Sean Shaw, and more than 20 Pinellas County leaders in endorsing Diamond.
A Pinellas County native, Diamond pledges to seek common sense solutions in Congress to the challenges he has focused on in the Florida Legislature. Those include climate change and the environment, criminal justice reforms to ensure everyone is treated equally regardless of race or ethnicity, and health care that is accessible and affordable. Diamond, 42, is a lawyer who served as general counsel to former Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink. He was first elected to the Florida House in 2016 and has been re-elected twice. He and his wife, Christina, live in St. Petersburg with their three children.