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Byron Donalds Biography, Career, Family, Spouse, and Net Worth
Who is Byron Donalds?
Byron Lowell Donalds is a famous American politician and businessman serving as the U.S. representative for Florida’s 19th congressional district since 2021. Donalds’ district serves most of the heart of Southwest Florida, comprising of Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Estero, Bonita Springs, and Naples.
He is a Republican, and a member of the Tea Party movement and unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. He represented the 80th district in the Florida House of Representatives from 2016 to 2020. Byron was initially elected to Congress in 2020, defeating his Democratic opponent Cindy Banyai. He then obtained enough Republican votes to deny Kevin McCarthy the speakership in the 4th through ninth rounds of voting, in the 2023 Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives election.
Byron Donalds Career
Prior to joining politics, he worked in the finance, insurance, and banking industries. Donalds has served at TIB Bank, CMG Life Services, and Moran Wealth in Naples, Florida. Following his becoming involved in the Tea Party movement, Donalds was encouraged to run for office. He was then a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Florida’s 19th congressional district in 2012. Donalds completed the fifth of six candidates.
He was reported as a likely candidate for the U.S. House in Florida’s 19th congressional district following the resignation of Trey Radel but opted against running in 2014. In 2016, he was elected to the Florida House of Representatives. During his Florida House time, Donalds chaired the Insurance and Banking Subcommittee,
U.S. House of Representatives
He was the Republican nominee for Florida’s 19th congressional district in the 2020 election, running to succeed retiring incumbent Francis Rooney. Donalds won a crowded nine-way Republican primary by 770 votes against State Representative Dane Eagle, completing just above the threshold to avoid a recount. Republicans have a 100,000-voter advantage against Democrats in registration and Florida Gulf Coast University professor Peter Bergerson noted that the Republican primary is almost always the real contest for most races in the area.
During his campaign, he described himself as a ”Trump-supporting, gun-owning, liberty-loving, pro-life, politically incorrect Black man”. Donalds stated his support for economic freedom, clean water, nuclear power, and decreased government involvement in health care. However, he opposed the Green New Deal. He later defeated Democratic nominee Cindy Banyai in the November general election. Upon his swearing-in on January 3, 2021, he became only the 6th person to represent this district since its creation in 1983.
How old is Byron Donalds?
Byron Lowell Donalds is aged 44 years as of 2022, having been born on October 28, 1978, in Brooklyn, New York City, U.S. He shares his birthday with celebrities including Bill Gates, Caitlyn Jenner, Julia Roberts, GamingWithJen, Troian Bellisario, Matt Smith, Frank Ocean, Brad Paisley, Lauren Holly, and many more.
Byron Donalds Family
Who are Byron Donalds’s parents?
Byron Lowell Donalds was born in the Crown Heights neighborhood in the New York City borough of Brooklyn where he was brought up, by a single mother.
Does Byron Donalds have siblings?
Donalds was born to his mother in a family of three children and has two siblings. He has not shared much information about his family and siblings with the media.
Byron Donalds Education
Donalds attended Nazareth Regional High School in East Flatbush, where he graduated in 1996. He then joined Florida A&M University, before graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance ad marketing from Florida State University in 2002.
Byron Donalds Spouse
Donalds is currently married to his beautiful and supportive wife Erika Donalds. The couple lives together in Naples, Florida, and has three children. Donalds is a Christian, which he became at the age of 21.
Byron Donalds Children
Donalds and his wife Erika have three children together in their marriage, all sons. He has kept his personal and family life away from the limelight and media.
Byron Donalds Height
Donalds has a well-built, muscular, and physically fit body with a height of 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) and an undisclosed weight.
He was identified as a participant in the ”Freedom Force”, a group of incoming House Republicans who ”say they’re fighting against socialism in America”, in late 2020. Donalds then voted to object to the certification of electors from Arizona and Pennsylvania in the 2020 presidential election in January 2021. He was later blocked from joining the Congressional Black Caucus.
He was among 49 House Republicans to vote to repeal the AUMF against Iraq in June 2021.
2023 Speaker of the House election
Byron earned one vote in the election for Speaker of the House, from Chip Roy on January 3, 2023. He voted for Kevin McCarthy on the first 2 ballots and switched his vote to Jim Jordan on the third ballot. On the 4th ballot of the election on January 4, Roy nominated him to be Speaker of the House, where he earned 20 votes. Donalds was then nominated by Lauren Boebert on the fifth ballot and again earned 20 votes. He was then nominated by Scott Perry on the 6th ballot, and by Dan Bishop on the 7th ballot. Donalds was nominated by Andy Biggs on the 8th ballot and by Matt Rosendale on the 9th ballot.
Byron Donalds Net Worth
American politician and businessman Donalds has been active from 2016 to the present. He is currently the U.S. representative for Florida’s 19th congressional district since 2021. Donalds has an undisclosed net worth as of 2022.
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