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Cory Mills
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 7th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2023
Preceded byStephanie Murphy
Personal details
Born (1980-07-13) July 13, 1980 (age 43)
Winter Haven, Florida, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationFlorida State College at Jacksonville (AA)
American Military University (BS, MA)
WebsiteHouse website
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service1999–2004
Unit82nd Airborne Division
Battles/warsIraq War

Cory Mills (born July 13, 1980)[1] is an American businessman, defense contractor, and politician who is a member of the United States House of Representatives for Florida's 7th congressional district since 2023. A member of the Republican Party, he worked in various organizations as a security specialist and a business executive before being elected to Congress in 2022.

Early life and education

Mills was born in Winter Haven, Florida. He earned an associate of arts degree in liberal arts and sciences from Florida State College at Jacksonville, followed by a Bachelor of Science degree in health sciences and a Master of Arts in international relations and conflict resolution from American Military University.[2]

Career

From 1999 to 2004, Mills served in the United States Army, where he was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division.[3] From 2005 to 2009, he was a security specialist for DynCorp. In 2010, he worked as a maritime security specialist and anti-piracy adviser for Special Tactical Services. Mills worked as a security manager for Chemonics from 2010 to 2011 and as a senior risk manager at Management Systems International in 2011. Cory Mills was employed overseas as a civilian defense contractor.

He joined Pax Mondial LLC in 2011 and later worked as the organization's director of the information operations division and senior vice president.[4]

In 2020 and 2021, Mills served as a member of the Defense Business Board. He is the co-founder of ALS Less-Lethal Systems, a company that manufactures equipment for military and law enforcement clients.[5] He also co-founded and is executive director of PACEM Defense, a private security company.[6]

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2022

Mills announced his candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives in Florida's 7th district in April 2021, challenging incumbent Democratic representative Stephanie Murphy.[7] Murphy's seat was a target for the National Republican Congressional Committee in the 2022 elections, but she announced her retirement in December 2021.[8] Mills faced a crowded primary, with his strongest opponent being State Representative Anthony Sabatini. Mills won the primary election in August 2022, earning over a third of the vote and beating Sabatini by over 10,000 votes.[9] Mills defeated Democratic nominee Karen Green in the November general election with 58.5% of the vote.[10]

Evacuation of an American Family in Afghanistan

Mills, as a congressional candidate, in September 2021, evacuated a woman and her three children from Afghanistan during the 2021 American withdrawal. Initially, he was going to attempt to perform an airlift, but U.S. Central Command and the State Department denied the request. Instead, he had to evacuate the family by land.[11]

Tenure

Mills handed out commemorative 40 mm grenades stamped with the Republican Party logo to fellow House members as a welcoming gift.[12]

In October 2023, Mills traveled to Israel to help evacuate Americans in the wake of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict.[13]

Mills also helped airlift 10 Americans who were volunteering at an orphanage in Haiti, amidst Haiti's state of crisis. He also criticized Biden's handling of the crisis and similar crises.[14] Later, he helped rescue an additional 13 people.[15]

Syria

In 2023, Mills was among 47 Republicans to vote in favor of H.Con.Res. 21, which directed President Joe Biden to remove U.S. troops from Syria within 180 days.[16][17]

In May 2023, Mills co-sponsored a resolution by Marjorie Taylor Greene to impeach President Joe Biden over his handling of security at the United States-Mexico border.[18] On May 23, 2023, he also co-sponsored Greene's resolutions to impeach Attorney General Merrick Garland,[19] FBI Director Christopher Wray,[20] Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas,[21] and U.S. Attorney for D.C. Matthew M. Graves.[22]

2024 presidential election

Mills became the fourth representative from Florida to endorse Donald Trump for president in the 2024 presidential election, citing the need for Republican unity following Trump's indictment.[23]

Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023

Mills was among the 71 Republicans who voted against final passage of the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023 in the House.[24]

Committee assignments

For the 118th Congress:[25]

Electoral history

2022 Florida's 7th congressional district Republican primary[26]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Cory Mills 27,452 38.06
Republican Anthony Sabatini 17,059 23.65
Republican Brady Duke 11,010 15.26
Republican Ted Edwards 4,197 5.82
Republican Russell Roberts 3,970 5.50
Republican Erika Benfield 3,912 5.42
Republican Scott Sturgill 3,055 4.24
Republican Al Santos 1,480 2.05
Total votes 72,135 100.00
2022 Florida's 7th congressional district election[27]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Cory Mills 177,966 58.53
Democratic Karen Green 126,079 41.47
Write-in Cardon Pompey 10 0.00
Total votes 304,045 100.00
Republican gain from Democratic

References

  1. ^ "Florida New Members 2023". November 17, 2022. Retrieved November 18, 2022.
  2. ^ Powers, Scott (April 12, 2021). "Veteran, defense consultant Cory Mills files to run in CD 7". Florida Politics. Retrieved August 23, 2022.
  3. ^ "Meet Mills | Cory Mills for Florida's 7th Congressional District". CORY MILLS for U.S. Congress | Florida's 7th Congressional District. Retrieved August 23, 2022.
  4. ^ "PACEM Solutions International Announces Cory Mills As Executive Chairman And Rana Al Saadi As Executive Vice Chairman". www.prnewswire.com (Press release). Retrieved August 23, 2022.
  5. ^ "GOP hopeful sold tear gas used on Black Lives Matter protesters". POLITICO. April 14, 2022. Retrieved August 24, 2022.
  6. ^ Harper, Mark. "8 Republicans clamor for 7th Congressional District voters' attention in primary election". Daytona Beach News-Journal Online. Retrieved August 23, 2022.
  7. ^ Mutnick, Ally (April 9, 2021). "Republicans draft veteran candidates to reclaim House majority". Politico. Retrieved April 9, 2021.
  8. ^ Ferris, Sarah (December 20, 2021). "Murphy, a leader of House Dem centrists, won't seek reelection". Politico.
  9. ^ "Alert: Cory Mills wins Republican nomination for U.S. House in Florida's 7th Congressional District". SFGATE. August 24, 2022. Retrieved August 24, 2022.
  10. ^ Zizo, Christie (November 8, 2022). "Cory Mills defeats Karen Green for U.S. House District 7 seat". WKMG-TV. Orlando, Florida.
  11. ^ Ogles, Jacob (September 7, 2021). "Cory Mills evacuates Americans from Afghanistan, says Joe Biden admin wrongly wants credit". Florida Politics. Retrieved March 12, 2024.
  12. ^ "A Florida GOP congressman sent his colleagues inert grenades as a welcome gift to the House". Business Insider. January 26, 2023.
  13. ^ Sforza, Lauren; Brooks, Emily (October 11, 2023). "GOP lawmaker helps evacuate Americans in Israel". The Hill. Retrieved October 11, 2023.
  14. ^ Aitken, Peter (March 12, 2024). "Congressman evacuates 10 Americans from crime-ravaged Haiti, slams Biden for 'pattern of abandonment'". Fox News. Retrieved March 12, 2024.
  15. ^ Desk, JAMEL VALENCIA | The National (March 18, 2024). "Florida congressman rescues Americans from Haiti amid growing violence". WTVC. Retrieved March 18, 2024.
  16. ^ "H.Con.Res. 21: Directing the President, pursuant to section 5(c) of … -- House Vote #136 -- Mar 8, 2023".
  17. ^ "House Votes Down Bill Directing Removal of Troops From Syria". US News & World Report. March 8, 2023. Retrieved April 4, 2023.
  18. ^ "H.Res.420 - Impeaching Joseph Robinette Biden, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors". May 25, 2023. Retrieved May 25, 2023.
  19. ^ "H.Res.410 - Impeaching Merrick Brian Garland, Attorney General of the United States, for facilitating the weaponization and politicization of the United States justice system against the American people". Congress.gov. United States Congress. Retrieved May 25, 2023.
  20. ^ "H.Res.406 - Impeaching Christopher Asher Wray, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, for facilitating the development of a Federal police force to intimidate, harass, and entrap American citizens that are deemed enemies of the Biden regime". Congress.gov. United States Congress. Retrieved May 25, 2023.
  21. ^ "H.Res.411 - Impeaching Alejandro Nicholas Mayorkas, Secretary of Homeland Security, for high crimes and misdemeanors". Congress.gov. United States Congress. Retrieved May 25, 2023.
  22. ^ "H.Res.405 - Impeaching Matthew M. Graves, United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, for endangering, compromising, and undermining the justice system of the United States by facilitating the explosion of violent crime in the Nation's capital". Congress.gov. United States Congress.
  23. ^ "Exclusive: Florida GOP Congressman Backs Trump for President". April 10, 2023.
  24. ^ Gans, Jared (May 31, 2023). "Republicans and Democrats who bucked party leaders by voting no". The Hill. Retrieved June 6, 2023.
  25. ^ "Cory Mills". Clerk of the United States House of Representatives. Retrieved May 3, 2023.
  26. ^ "Florida's 7th Congressional district election". Ballotpedia. Ballotpedia. Retrieved November 27, 2022.
  27. ^ "Florida 2022 live election results". Reuters. Retrieved December 11, 2022.

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