Steve's Biography

Representative Steve Southerland has been a leader for North and Northwest Florida, owning and operating a local small business and taking an active role in his community long before his election to Congress.

First sworn into office on January 5, 2011, Rep. Southerland serves on the House Committee on Natural Resources and the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, each of which plays a critical role in protecting jobs, promoting economic development, and preserving treasured resources across Florida’s Second District.

Rep. Southerland believes the best way to keep America strong is to empower its people, not government bureaucrats. Expanding personal freedom by shrinking the size of government. Fueling the engine of free enterprise through lower taxes and fewer onerous D.C. regulations. Supporting a responsible pro-family agenda that strengthens homes and teaches our children how to succeed. These are the bedrock principles that secure the blessings of liberty for future generations.

In Congress, Rep. Southerland has stood up to both parties in an effort to cut spending and eliminate America’s crushing debt burden. He was a leader in advancing the RESTORE Act through Congress, strengthening North and Northwest Florida’s coastal economies following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Rep. Southerland also introduced legislation to provide our rural communities with the tools and technical assistance necessary to complete community enhancement projects, such as police and fire stations, courthouses, and community health centers – all at no additional cost to taxpayers.

Rep. Southerland has taken a leading role in ensuring a bright future for Florida’s Second District. As chair of the Bay County Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Economic Development Alliance, Rep. Southerland spearheaded efforts to grow the local economy and create jobs. As chair of the Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida, Rep. Southerland promoted educational initiatives that unite families and prepare young children who are entering kindergarten. Through his work with the Covenant Hospice Foundation board, Rep. Southerland improved local health care services for our seniors and veterans.

Rep. Southerland has spent nearly his entire life as a resident of Panama City. As the owner and president of Southerland Family Funeral Homes, a third generation small business, he understands the challenges faced by local families and has helped provide jobs to dozens of hardworking Floridians. As a small business owner, Rep. Southerland believes that hard work and honest dealings are the ingredients for success.

Steve Southerland and Susan, his wife of 25 years, met in the first grade and have spent most of their formative years together. Steve and Susan are proudly instilling the values of faith, family, and freedom in the next generation of Southerlands – their daughters Samantha, Stephanie, Ally, and Abby.