Ted Yoho

Ted Yoho
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 3rd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded by Corrine Brown
Personal details
Born Theodore Scott Yoho
(1955-04-13) April 13, 1955
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Carolyn Yoho
Residence Gainesville, Florida
Alma mater Broward College
University of Florida
Occupation Large animal veterinarian
Religion Roman Catholicism
Website House website

Theodore Scott "Ted" Yoho (born April 13, 1955) is the United States Representative for Florida's 3rd congressional district since 2013.[1] He is a member of the Republican Party. In the 2012 Republican primary election for the district, Yoho pulled a major upset against long term incumbent U.S. Congressman Cliff Stearns, who was first elected in 1988. Yoho has been a veterinarian and small business owner for the past 30 years, serving the North Central Florida area.[2]

Early life, education, and veterinarian career

Yoho was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on April 13, 1955.[3] At the age of 11 he moved with his family to Florida where he met his future wife, Carolyn in the 4th grade. He earned money packing vegetables at night while working towards his AA degree at Broward Community College.[4] He earned a bachelor's degree in Animal Science at the University of Florida in 1983 and attended the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Florida Veterinary Medical Association, Florida Association of Equine Practitioners, Florida Cattlemen’s Association, and the National Rifle Association.[5]

U.S. House of Representatives

2012 election

Yoho ran for the newly-redrawn Florida's 3rd congressional district. In the Republican primary he defeated longtime incumbent U.S. Congressman Cliff Stearns (who was first elected in 1988), State Senator Steve Oelrich, and Clay County Clerk of Court James Jett 34%–33%–19%–14%.[6][7] Yoho defeated Stearns by 829 votes, or a 1.1 percentage point margin.[8] Yoho won 11 of the district’s 13 counties. Stearns only carried Marion, his home county, and Clay County. Stearns had endorsements from U.S. Representatives Paul Ryan, Michele Bachmann, and Allen West.[9]

Yoho won the November general election, 65% to 32%, against Democratic candidate J.R. Gaillot.[10][11]

In 2012, National Journal named Yoho one of ten Republicans to follow on Twitter.[12]


Yoho took office on January 3, 2013. He is a member of the Tea Party Caucus and the House Liberty Caucus. He supports reduction in taxes: replacing the current tax code with the Fair Tax,[13] reducing corporate tax rates, and eliminating federal programs that cannot be balanced with revenues.[14] According to the CBO, there would still be a deficit even if all discretionary spending (all Federal programs except pensions, Medicare and Social Security) were stopped.[15] Yoho is for reducing spending and reducing taxes, though has not yet introduced a plan that will lead to a balanced budget.[16]

Yoho also is opposed to raising the debt ceiling unless significant spending cuts are made; he is also opposed to earmarks in legislation. His district is one of the lowest-taxed in Florida, located primarily within Suwannee River Management District (lower proportion of property taxes), per capita retail sales in the district are significantly lower than the state average, and it has the fewest number of non-farm related businesses of Florida's congressional districts.[17] Yoho has not made any indication on his level support of the farm bill.[14]

In 2014, Yoho was challenged by conservative Republican Jake Rush for his seat. Rush painted Yoho as a "liberal" and appealed to voters' conservatism to try and win the Republican nomination.[18]

In 2015, Yoho mounted a campaign to challenge John Boehner for the Speakership of the US House of Representatives in an attempt to get the conference to the second ballot. The block of dissenting members were 4 votes shy of achieving their goal.[19][20] Of the 435 congressmen and congresswomen eligible to vote, Yoho received only two votes.[21]

Yoho and his Democratic colleague John Conyers offered bipartisan amendments to block the U.S. military training of Ukraine's Azov Battalion of the Ukrainian National Guard. Some members of the battalion are openly white supremacists.[22]

In 2013 he became widely known for his position on breaching the debt ceiling and defaulting on the national debt, which he claimed "would bring stability to the world markets."[23] This position was widely panned by Democrats and some Republicans such as fellow Republican Reid Ribble who called the position, "crazy talk".[24]


During his first term of office, Yoho sponsored a total of eighteen bills.[25] One of the bills introduced during his first term, the Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014, was signed into law.[26]

Yoho coauthored the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act of 2014 (H.R. 1528; 113th Congress), a bill that would amend the Controlled Substances Act to clarify that veterinarians are not required to have separate registrations to dispense controlled substances outside of their principal place of business, such as when treating animals on a farm.[27][28][29]

Yoho is a cosponsor of the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015 (H.R. 3134).[30] It has not moved since passing the House on September 18, 2015.

On June 9, 2016, Yoho voted "Nay," on the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (H.R. 5278) to restructure Puerto Rican debt.[31] The Republican-authored bill passed the House with bilateral support from both major parties.

Committee assignments

Personal life

Yoho and his wife, Carolyn, have three children: Katie, Lauren, and Tyler. Katie is a member of the United States Coast Guard. His hobbies include fishing and cheering on the Florida Gators college football team.[32]


  1. Ted Yoho. "About Ted". Retrieved April 11, 2012.
  2. http://yoho.house.gov/about/full-biography
  3. Congress (U S ) Joint Committee on Print (2014). Official Congressional Directory 2013-2014: 113th Congress. Government Printing Office. p. 59.
  4. "About Ted | Ted Yoho, Congressman | Florida's 3rd District". www.tedyoho.com. Retrieved 2016-01-13.
  5. "About Ted | Ted Yoho for Congress | Florida's 3rd District". Tedyoho.com. Retrieved 2012-10-31.
  6. "AP Election Results | Campaign 2012 | C-SPAN". Hosted.ap.org. 2012-08-16. Retrieved 2012-10-31.
  7. "Ted Yoho Qualifies and Formally Announces Candidacy". Cedar Key News. 2012-02-20.
  8. "Who is Ted Yoho?". Politico.Com. Retrieved 2012-10-31.
  9. Dixon, Matt. "Shocker in U.S. House 3: Ted Yoho upsets 12-term incumbent Cliff Stearns". jacksonville.com. Retrieved 2012-10-31.
  10. "2012 Election Results – Presidential, Senate & Congressional Races – ABC News". Abcnews.go.com. Retrieved 2013-09-05.
  11. Thompson, Bill (2012-10-19). "3-way race for District 3, new congressman assured (Ted Yoho, J.R. Gallot, Phillip Dodds)". Gainesville.com. Retrieved 2013-09-05.
  12. "Ten Republicans to follow on Twitter," by Adam Mazmanian, National Journal, August 27, 2012, Retrieved November 20, 2015.
  13. "Issues". tedyoho.com. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
  14. 1 2 "Issues | Ted Yoho for Congress | Florida's 3rd District". Tedyoho.com. Retrieved 2012-10-31.
  15. "CBO | The U.S. Federal Budget: Infographic". Cbo.gov. 2011-12-12. Retrieved 2012-10-31.
  16. "Ted Yoho – Political Positions – Project Vote Smart". Votesmart.org. 2012-08-14. Retrieved 2012-10-31.
  17. "County Business and Demographics Interactive Map – US Census Bureau". Census.gov. 2012-08-27. Retrieved 2012-10-31.
  18. Weigel, David (1 Apr 2014). "Vampire-LARPing Candidate Accuses His Republican Opponent of Being Too Liberal". Slate. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  19. "The 25 Republicans who did not vote for John Boehner". The Dailer Caller. 16 January 2014.
  20. "Ted Yoho joins Louie Gohmert in challenge of John Boehner's House leadership". Washingtontimes.com. 2015-01-04. Retrieved 2015-03-16.
  21. "Boehner Gets 216, Is Reelected as Speaker for 114th Congress". Breitbart.com. 2015-01-06. Retrieved 2015-03-16.
  22. "Ukraine's Neo-Nazis Won't Get U.S. Money". Bloomberg. 12 June 2015.
  23. Reprints, Matthew Philips matthewaphilips Subscribe (2013-10-07). "The Dumbest Thing Said About the Debt Ceiling ... So Far". Bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2016-10-18.
  24. Editor, Ashley Alman Politics Social Media; Post, The Huffington (2013-10-08). "GOP Rep Hurls 'Crazy Talk' Claim At Fellow Republican". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2016-10-18.
  25. https://www.facebook.com/CongressmanTedYoho/photos/pb.563532937006022.-2207520000.1425494866./1055241647835146/?type=3&theater
  26. https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/5759?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22Preventing+Executive+Overreach+on+Immigration+Act+of+2014%22%5D%7D&resultIndex=2
  27. "H.R. 1528 – Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  28. "CBO – H.R. 1528". Congressional Budget Office. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  29. Kellogg, Barry (15 May 2013). "Protect Mobile Veterinary Services and Public Health and Safety: Support the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act". Humane Society Veterinary Medicine Association. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
  30. http://votesmart.org/bill/20434/53870/137622/defund-planned-parenthood-act-of-2015#.V3C1B5MrLu0
  31. http://votesmart.org/bill/21555/56653/137622/puerto-rico-oversight-management-and-economic-stability-act-promesa#.V3C19pMrLu0
  32. http://yoho.house.gov/about/full-biography

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Corrine Brown
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 3rd congressional district

United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Roger Williams
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Robin Kelly
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