For those unfamiliar with the small business owner who represents the district he grew up in, few lawmakers in the Sunshine State match the commitment Trumbull displays for his constituents every legislative cycle.
An outspoken supporter for his district, Trumbull has been committed to his constituents since assuming office in 2014. Many of the appropriations he files every session are aimed at helping Bay County and the 159,266 residents that reside in HD 6. Most of the bills that Rep. Trumbull sponsored last legislative session were focused on hurricane relief efforts and aid for the people of the Panhandle.
On Tuesday, Trumbull promised that this year's session will mirror his prior ones.
"I've been committed to Northwest Florida since I was first elected in 2014, and I'll continue to honor that commitment in 2020," Trumbull said speaking at last night's fundraiser.
Trumbull's comment drew a round of applause for the hundreds of voters who packed in the Southerland Event Center on Tuesday night.
Trumbull, however, drew more than just applause from supporters, with those in attendance opening up their checkbooks to support the staunch conservative in his upcoming reelection. The Panhandle Republican raked in an impressive $62,000 in contributions on Tuesday, proving that the people of HD 6 are firmly behind Trumbull heading into 2020.
Since 2014, Trumbull has led by example. While most lawmakers want the spotlight placed on them, Trumbull's only goal is to place the spotlight on his district. His leadership, especially through Hurricane Michael, has made him a hero in Northwest Florida, and fan-favorite among his core voting bloc.
“Anyone who is surprised to see Jay Trumbull in a leadership role in the Florida House hasn’t spent much time with him. Jay has a naturally laid back approach and, unlike most politicians, doesn’t take himself too seriously," said attorney Bo Rivard, who also serves as Chair of Board of Governors for Florida's Citizens Property Insurance. "However, that doesn’t mean he isn’t serious. He just makes it look easy. He has a rare combination of three things: a moral compass instilled from his upbringing; exceptional political instincts that can’t be taught; and a sharp mind for cutting straight to the core issues. Jay’s future is bright and I’m excited to see what he does next.”
Highly respected by his fellow Republican colleagues, Trumbull's success in the House is equally as impressive as his domination on the campaign trail. In 2020, Trumbull will chair the Transportation and Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee, while also sitting on the all-important Appropriations and Rules committees.
Though Trumbull is seeking his fourth and final term in the Florida House, the sky is the limit for the young conservative who turns 31 in February. While it's too early to speculate what's next for the Trumbull, it's safe to say that his service to his community and constituents will continue after 2022.
"Jay represents what the Panhandle has become. Conservative, God and family-centered values emodied in a fresh, up-and-coming, approach to markets and economic competitiveness," said consultant Brett Doster, President of Front Line Strategies. "Florida’s future prosperity is dependent on Panhandle leadership, and in the House, Jay is the undisputed heavyweight."
Trumbull, 30, was born in Panama City and attended Bay County High School before attending Auburn University. The young representative ran for office 2014, succeeding CFO Jimmy Patronis. Trumbull won reelection in 2016 and 2018.
Trumbull will face political newcomer Steven Linne in the Republican primary on August 18th. The only Democrat to enter the race is Alicia Bays.