Sandy Adams

For the US Navy rear admiral, see Sandra E. Adams.
Sandy Adams
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 24th district
In office
January 3, 2011  January 3, 2013
Preceded by Suzanne Kosmas
Succeeded by Frederica Wilson
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 33 district
In office
Preceded by Tom Feeney
Succeeded by Jason Brodeur
Personal details
Born (1956-12-14) December 14, 1956
Wyandotte, Michigan, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) John H. Adams, Sr.
Alma mater Columbia College-Orlando (B.A., 2000, criminal justice administration)
Profession Law enforcement
Religion Episcopalian
Military service
Service/branch United States Air Force
Years of service 1974–1975

Sandra "Sandy" Adams[1] (born December 14, 1956) was the U.S. Representative for Florida's 24th congressional district. She is a member of the Republican Party. She is a former law enforcement professional who represented District 33 in the Florida House of Representatives. On August 14, 2012, she was defeated in her bid for a second term in the Republican primary election by fellow Congressman John Mica after being redistricted to the 7th district.

Early life, education and career

Adams was born in Wyandotte, Michigan in 1956, moving to Florida in 1964. She served in the United States Air Force. In 1985 she became an investigator for the Orange County Sheriff's Office. Over the next couple of years Adams served as Chair of the Orange County Legislative Delegation and is currently the Chair of the Seminole County Legislative Delegation once more. In 2000, she graduated from Columbia College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice Administration.

Florida State Legislature

Portrait of State Rep. Sandy Adams.

Adams was first elected to the Florida House in 2002. Within her first two years she served as Chair of the Seminole County Legislative Delegation. Adams was the Chair of the Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations Committee, Vice-Chair of the Criminal/Civil Justice Policy Council, Vice-Chair of the Public Safety/Domestic Security Policy Committee, and Vice-Chair of the Select Committee on Seminole Indian Compact Review. She served on two councils: the Full Appropriations Council on General Government and Health Care and the Rules and Calendar Council.[2]

U.S. House of Representatives



Adams challenged Democratic incumbent Suzanne Kosmas for Florida's 24th congressional district. She filed papers to run in 2009.[3] She defeated Karen Diebel, Tom Garcia, Deon Long and Craig S. Miller in the Republican primary. She was supported by former Alaska Governor and 2008 vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin. On Election Day, Adams defeated Kosmas, 60%–40%.


After redistricting, Adams ran in the newly redrawn Florida's 7th congressional district against fellow U.S. Congressman John Mica in the Republican primary. Her previous district represented 51% of the new district, while Mica's previous district represented 42% of the new district.[4] On August 14, 2012, Mica defeated Adams 60%–40%.


Adams announced her candidacy for the 2016 Republican primary in Florida's 6th congressional district, but she withdrew from the race in January 2016 due to health issues.[5]

Committee assignments

Personal life

Adams and her husband reside in New Smyrna Beach; the couple has three children.


  1. "Rep. Sandy Adams". Legistorm. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  2. "ADAMS, Sandra (Sandy)". Office of the Historian. United States House of Representatives. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  3. McArdle, John (2009-11-23). "Primary Could Cost Kosmas Cash". CQ Politics. Retrieved 2010-08-23.
  5. Gancarski, A.G. (January 13, 2016). "Sandy Adams withdraws from CD 6 race, cites health issue". Florida Politics. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Feeney
Member of the Florida House of Representatives from the 33rd district
Succeeded by
Jason Brodeur
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Suzanne Kosmas
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 24th congressional district

Succeeded by
Frederica Wilson
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