Kendrick Meek

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Kendrick Meek
Kendrick Meek, official photo .jpg
Former U.S. Representative from Florida's 17th District
From: January 3, 2003 - January 3, 2011
Predecessor Carrie P. Meek
Successor Frederica Wilson
Party Democratic
Spouse(s) Leslie Meek
Religion Baptist

Kendrick Meek (born September 6, 1966) is a liberal African American congressman from Florida, who served in the U.S. House of Representatives for Florida's 17th congressional district from 2003 to 2011. He was elected to the seat that was held by his mother until she retired. He was nominated by the Democratic Party for the open U.S. Senate seat from Florida in 2010. He finished in 3rd place with 20% of the vote, behind Republican Marco Rubio's 49% and Independent Charlie Crist's 30%.

Kendrick served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1995 to 1998 and in the Florida Senate from 1999 to 2002. Before his service in elected office, he served as a Captain in the Florida Highway Patrol.

Kendrick is a native of Miami, Florida. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice in 1989 from Florida A&M University, where he co-founded the school's Young Democrats chapter. He is married to the former Leslie Dixon of Brooklyn, New York, and they have two children, Lauren and Kendrick, Jr. He is the son of former Congresswoman Carrie P. Meek.[1]


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