"I have personally experienced all that Florida has to offer, and I want to ensure that our State remains the best destination for Americans seeking an outstanding quality of life. Conservative leadership will preserve the Florida we love, and promote the economic and educational innovations essential to Florida's Future."
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Byron Donalds is the product of a single parent household. Throughout his life, his mother made every sacrifice possible in order to give him the best opportunity at the American Dream. That philosophy his mother taught him, striving to leave future generations better than the current, is what leads him in his work, his home life and as a State Legislator.
Byron attended Florida State University and graduated in 2002 with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Finance and Marketing. Byron’s career path has included working in the finance, insurance and banking industries in Southwest Florida.
Elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2016, Byron currently sits on six committees and honorably serves as the Vice Chair of the PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee. He was named a Champion of Economic Freedom for his A+ rating for the 2017 Legislative Session by Americans for Prosperity. For the 2018 Legislative Session, he was the recipient of the Conservative Excellence award by the American Conservative Union Foundation. In 2019, Byron received the legislative champion award from the Florida Juvenile Justice Association for his work raising Florida’s felony theft threshold for the first time since 1986 and sponsoring the Florida First Step Act. During his time in the Florida House, Byron has primarily focused on criminal justice reform, elder affairs, and striving to make sure each child in Florida has access to a world-class education.
He has been a featured speaker and panelist discussing policy and politics on national and statewide stages. Byron has been a guest host and commentator on Daybreak with Drew Steele on 92.5 Fox News FM, Pundits on the Porch a podcast by the James Madison Institute, and as a featured speaker at the Republican Party of Florida’s 2018 Sunshine Summit.
Having served the community in a multitude of ways since he moved to Collier County in 2003, Byron was previously appointed by Governor Rick Scott to the Board of Trustee’s for Florida Southwestern State College. From 2004 to 2018, Byron served as a youth leader at Living Word Family Church, where mentors middle school and high school students. In spare time, he enjoys volunteering as a coach in youth basketball leagues.
Byron Donalds lives in Naples, Florida with his wife Erika and their three sons, Damon, Darin and Mason. Having spent a majority of his adult life to service and leadership in his community, he aims to continue a prosperous and conservative Southwest Florida and fight for those same values in Tallahassee.