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Lois Jane Frankel (born May 16, 1948) is an American politician and lawyer who has been the United States Representative for Florida's 21st congressional district since 2013. She is a member of the Democratic Party.

Lois Frankel
Lois Frankel, Official portrait, 113th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 21st district
22nd (2013–2017)
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded by Allen West
Mayor of West Palm Beach
In office
March 27, 2003 – March 31, 2011
Preceded by Joel Daves
Succeeded by Jeri Muoio
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 85th district
In office
November 8, 1994 – November 5, 2002
Preceded by Mimi McAndrews
Succeeded by Shelley Vana
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 83rd district
In office
November 4, 1986 – November 3, 1992
Preceded by Eleanor Weinstock
Succeeded by Sharon Merchant
Personal details
Born (1948-05-16) May 16, 1948 (age 69)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Education Boston University (BA)
Georgetown University (JD)
Website House website

Frankel was member of the Florida House of Representatives for fourteen years, serving as Minority Leader of the Florida State House.[1] She was elected Mayor of West Palm Beach, Florida, in 2003,[1] serving two terms in office until leaving office in 2011 due to term limits. On November 6, 2012, Frankel was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida's 22nd congressional district; she was sworn in on January 3, 2013.


Early life and educationEdit

Frankel was born on May 16, 1948[2] in New York City and received a bachelor's degree from Boston University in 1970. She earned a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1973.[3] Frankel moved to West Palm Beach, Florida, in 1974.[1]

Florida House of Representatives (1987–2003)Edit


In 1986, incumbent Democratic state representative Eleanor Weinstock of the 83rd district decided to run for a seat in the Florida Senate. Frankel ran for Weinstock's open seat in the Florida House, and defeated Republican nominee Gerald Adams 69%–31% in November 1986.[4] In 1988, she won re-election to a second term unopposed;[5] in 1990, she again was unopposed.[6]

In November 1991, Frankel resigned as state representative, to run for Congress in 1992.[7] Mimi McAndrews, a former aide of Frankel's, was elected to replace her. Frankel lost to fellow Democratic representative Alcee Hastings in the 1992 congressional primary. In 1994, Frankel challenged, and after a bitter campaign, defeated McAndrews in the Democratic primary for her old State House seat.[8] Frankel won the November 1994 general election with 55% of the vote.[9] In 1996, she won re-election to a fifth term with 68% of the vote.[10]

In 1998, she won re-election to a sixth term with 64% of the vote.[11] In 2000, she won re-election to a seventh term with 63% of the vote.[12]


During her first period as a state legislator, Frankel was State House Majority Whip.[13] While in office from 1995 to 2003, she became the first female House Minority Leader in Florida's history and co-authored a change to Florida's already existing AIDS omnibus law originally passed in 1988.[1] She left office due to term limits in 2002 after serving fourteen years in the State House.[1][3]

Committee assignmentsEdit

  • Fiscal Responsibility Council
  • AIDS Task Force (committee chair)
  • Select Committee of the Whole
  • Select Committee on Child Abuse & Neglect (committee chair)[14]

1992 congressional electionEdit

In 1992, she decided to retire from the State House to run for the newly created Florida's 23rd district. In the Democratic primary, Frankel ranked first with 35% of the vote, but failed to reach the 50% threshold necessary to win outright and avoid a run-off election.[15] In the run-off election, former U.S. District Court Judge Alcee Hastings defeated Frankel 57%–43%.[1][16]

2002 gubernatorial electionEdit

In 2002, Frankel entered and then dropped out of the 2002 election for Governor of Florida, in which Governor Jeb Bush won re-election.[1]

Mayor of West Palm Beach (2003–2011)Edit

On March 11, 2003, Frankel defeated incumbent Democratic West Palm Beach Mayor Joel Daves in the mayoral election.[1] Frankel was endorsed in the race by former West Palm Beach Mayor Nancy Graham.[1] Frankel won with 56% of the vote to 38% for Daves.[1][17] Frankel was sworn into office on March 27, 2003. In 2007, she won re-election to a second term, defeating Al Zucaro by 58%–42%.[18]

On March 31, 2011, due to term limits, Frankel left office as Mayor of West Palm Beach after two-terms. In the race to succeed her, West Palm Beach city commissioner Jeri Muoio, was elected that month, with 51% of the vote, on a platform of business development and pension reform.[19]

U.S. House of RepresentativesEdit

2012 congressional electionEdit

On March 21, 2011, Frankel announced that she would run in the newly redrawn Florida's 22nd congressional district in the upcoming 2012 House election.[20] On August 14 she defeated Democrat primary rival Kristin Jacobs, and moved forward to the November election against Republican Adam Hasner.[21]

Frankel was criticized for accepting $20,000.00 from Digital Domain Media Group for her election campaign five months after the company was awarded a downtown project which included incentives from the city of West Palm Beach, and in response vowed to give the contribution to charity.[22] Frankel went on to win the general election on November 6, 2012, defeating Hasner 54.7% to 45.3%.[23]

2014 congressional electionEdit

With no Democratic primary opponents, she went on to win the general election on November 4, 2014, defeating Republican Paul Spain, winner of his low-turnout primary, her margin being 62.67% to 37.33%.[24]

She is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.[25]

Committee assignmentsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Frankel beats Daves for West Palm Mayor". Boca Raton News. Associated Press. 2003-03-12. Retrieved 2011-03-21. 
  2. ^ "Lois Frankel". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 2011-03-23. 
  3. ^ a b "Lois J. Frankel, Mayor of the City of West Palm Beach". City of West Palm Beach government. Archived from the original on 2011-03-23. Retrieved 2011-03-21. 
  4. ^ "Our Campaigns – November 4, 1986". Retrieved September 9, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Our Campaigns – – November 8, 1988". Retrieved September 9, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Our Campaigns – November 6, 1990". Retrieved September 9, 2015. 
  7. ^ Ashley Fantz (November 15, 2001). "Florida House minority leader Lois Frankel is waging an impossible campaign for governor". Broward/Long Beach New Times. 
  8. ^ Steve Nichol; Robin Fields; Jane Musgrave & Glenn Singer (September 9, 1994). "Frankel Scores Victory In Bitter House Race". Sun Sentinel. 
  9. ^ "Our Campaigns – November 8, 1994". Retrieved September 9, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Our Campaigns – November 5, 1996". Retrieved September 9, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Our Campaigns – November 3, 1998". Retrieved September 9, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Our Campaigns – November 7, 2000". Retrieved September 9, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Florida House of Representatives profile". Retrieved September 9, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Florida House of Representatives profile". Retrieved September 9, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Our Campaigns – September 1, 1992". Retrieved September 9, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Our Campaigns – October 1, 1992". Retrieved September 9, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Our Campaigns – March 11, 2003". Retrieved September 9, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Our Campaigns – West Palm Beach, FL Mayor Race – Mar 13, 2007". Retrieved September 9, 2015. 
  19. ^ Streeter, Angel (2011-03-08). "Jeri Muoio elected mayor of West Palm Beach". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved 2011-03-21. 
  20. ^ Trygstad, Kyle (2003-03-21). "Lois Frankel Launches Bid Against Allen West". Roll Call. Retrieved 2011-03-21. 
  21. ^ "2016 Florida Election Watch – U.S. Representative". 2016-08-30. Retrieved 2016-09-11. 
  22. ^ "Frankel to give Digital Domain's $20,000 in campaign..." Retrieved 2016-09-11. 
  23. ^ "Frankel beats out Hasner in race for U.S. Congress". Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  24. ^ "November 4, 2014 General Election Official Results". Florida Department of State Division of Elections. Retrieved April 20, 2016. 
  25. ^ "Caucus Members". Congressional Progressive Caucus. Retrieved 30 January 2018. 

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