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Laurel Lee
Rep. Laurel Lee official photo, 118th Congress.jpg
Official portrait, 2022
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 15th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2023
Preceded byScott Franklin (redistricting)
30th Secretary of State of Florida
In office
January 28, 2019 – May 16, 2022
GovernorRon DeSantis
Preceded byMike Ertel
Succeeded byCord Byrd
Personal details
Laurel Frances Moore

(1974-03-26) March 26, 1974 (age 48)
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
SpouseTom Lee
EducationUniversity of Florida (BA, JD)
WebsiteHouse website

Laurel Frances Lee (née Moore; born March 26, 1974)[1][2] is an American lawyer and politician serving as the U.S. representatives for Florida's 15th congressional district since 2023. She served as Secretary of State of Florida from January 2019 to May 2022. Before serving as secretary of state, Lee was a judge on Florida's Thirteenth Judicial Circuit.[3]

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Legal career

Lee began her legal career as an attorney for the Carlton Fields law firm in 2003 before becoming an assistant public defender in 2005.[4] Lee also served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida from 2007 until her appointment by then-Governor Rick Scott to a judgeship on the Hillsborough County Circuit Court in 2013.[5][6] She was unopposed for election to a full six-year term in 2014.[7]

Florida Secretary of State

Lee was appointed Florida Secretary of State by Governor Ron DeSantis on January 28, 2019, replacing Mike Ertel, who resigned after less than a month in office when a 2005 photo of him wearing blackface as part of a Halloween costume as a Hurricane Katrina victim surfaced.[8][9]

In October 2020, weeks before the 2020 election, Lee sought to purge felons from voter rolls if they had outstanding court debts. Politico called the move "a surprise, late-hour move that comes after more than 2 million people already have voted in the presidential battleground." Lee's decision was not distributed to the wider public, only to local election officials.[10]

In December 2021, Lee made a criminal referral to Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody seeking an investigation into potentially fraudulent signatures collected by Las Vegas Sands in a petition drive to get a constitutional amendment on the ballot for the November 2022 elections that would expand casino gambling.[11]

On May 12, 2022, Lee announced she was resigning effective four days later, seven months before the 2022 election. She did not offer a reason for resigning.[12] On May 17, she announced her candidacy for the United States House of Representatives in Florida's 15th congressional district in the 2022 elections.[13] She won the general election by a wide margin.

Personal life

Lee is married to Tom Lee, a former member of the Florida Senate. They have three children. They live in Brandon, Florida.[14] Lee is Protestant.[15]


  1. ^ "Florida New Members 2023". November 17, 2022. Retrieved November 18, 2022.
  2. ^ "Laurel Moore - Attorney in Tampa, FL".
  3. ^ "Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Judge Laurel M. Lee as Florida Secretary of State". Office of the Governor of Florida. January 28, 2019. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  4. ^ "Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Judge Laurel M. Lee As Florida Secretary Of State". CBS Miami. January 28, 2019. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  5. ^ "Two UF grads appointed to Hillsborough judgeships". Tampa Bay Times. May 7, 2013. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  6. ^ "Saint Peter Blog". Archived. Archived from the original on August 12, 2014. Retrieved March 7, 2023 – via Original.
  7. ^ "Gov. Ron DeSantis names Tampa judge Laurel M. Lee Florida Secretary of State". Tallahassee Democrat. Tallahassee Democrat. January 28, 2019. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  8. ^ "Tampa Judge Replaces Official Who Resigned Over Blackface Photos". Seminole Heights, FL Patch. January 28, 2019.
  9. ^ "Laurel Moore Lee".
  10. ^ Fineout, Gary. "Florida acts to remove felons from voter rolls as election looms". Politico PRO. Retrieved October 19, 2020.
  11. ^ LAWRENCE MOWER; MARY ELLEN KLAS (January 20, 2022). "FL elections officials suspect fraud in signature gathering | Miami Herald". Retrieved January 22, 2022.
  12. ^ "Florida's secretary of state to resign ahead of upcoming elections". WKMG-TV. May 12, 2022.
  13. ^ "Former Fla. Secretary of State Lee joins crowded GOP field in U.S. House-15 race".
  14. ^ "Rep. Laurel Lee - R Florida, 15th, In Office - Biography | LegiStorm". Retrieved January 4, 2023.
  15. ^ "Faith on the Hill: The religious composition of the 118th Congress". Pew Research Center. Retrieved March 6, 2023.

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Political offices
Preceded by Secretary of State of Florida
Succeeded by
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 15th congressional district

U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by United States representatives by seniority
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