Mike Hill

A group of people hold signs at a gun safety rally. In the center is a woman holding a white posterboard with the words "Enough is Enough" written in black marker.
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Rep. Mike Hill (R-Pensacola) wants to repeal gun safety legislation passed in Florida after the deadly Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting last year in Parkland. He says the measures, including a state ban on bump stocks, the so called red flag law and a provision raising the age to purchase a rifle violate the Second Amendment. He also says firearms aren’t the cause of mass shootings. Instead he points his finger at the use of psychotropic drugs, like Ritalin.

Rep. Mike Hill (R-Pensacola Beach) says the Fair Districts amendments violate the U.S. Constitution.
Florida House of Representatives

Rep. Mike Hill, R-Pensacola, says it’s not guns but prescription drugs like Ritalin that are the core cause of mass shootings. Hill has filed a bill to repeal several gun related provisions passed by lawmakers after the school shooting in Parkland. 


During the Martin Luther King Weekend, some Florida lawmakers as well as some high profile speakers are expected to kick off a two-day event in the Panhandle Friday.


For the second time since the Civil War, Florida voters have elected a black Republican to the statehouse. The Republican Party is hoping Mike Hill’s victory in his Panhandle district will help improve the party’s image statewide.


A conservative Republican has defeated his Democratic challenger to win a Florida House seat vacated when Rep. Clay Ford died this year. Mike Hill is the second black Republican elected to the House since the end of the Civil War.

Mike Hill got 58 percent of the vote in the heavily Republican panhandle district, defeating labor-union leader Jeremy Lau. Hill is an Air Force veteran who runs an insurance agency. He said, his priority in office will be to uphold the U.S. and state constitutions.

Small business owner and founder of the Northwest Florida Tea Party, Mike Hill, has officially clinched the Republican nomination for Florida’s second house district, Representative Clay Ford held the seat until he died of cancer just after the start of the legislative session. Officials certified the election results Thursday.