Oscar Braynon, II (born February 1, 1977) is a Democratic politician who has served as a member of the Florida State Senate since 2011. He currently represents the 35th district, which includes Miami Gardens, Miramar, and surrounding areas in southern Broward and northern Miami-Dade County. Braynon previously served as a member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 103rd district from 2008 to 2011.
|Minority Leader of the Florida Senate|
November 21, 2016 – November 19, 2018
|Preceded by||Arthenia Joyner|
|Succeeded by||Audrey Gibson|
|Member of the Florida Senate|
|Assumed office |
March 8, 2011
|Preceded by||Frederica Wilson|
|Constituency||33rd district (2011–2012)|
36th district (2012–2016)
35th district (2016–present)
|Member of the Florida House of Representatives|
from the 103rd district
March 4, 2008 – February 28, 2011
|Preceded by||Tee Holloway|
|Succeeded by||Barbara Watson|
|Born||February 1, 1977|
Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S.
|Education||Florida State University, Tallahassee (BS)|
Braynon was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, and moved to Florida to attend the Florida State University, where he received a degree in political science in 2000. Following graduation, he worked in the legislative office of State Representative Kendrick Meek as an intern, and then for the Miami-Dade County Commission as a legislative aide and public relations coordinator. In 2003, he was elected to the Miami Gardens City Council over Oliver Gilbert, receiving 57% of the vote to Gilbert's 43%. He served on the City Council from 2003 to 2008, serving as Vice-Mayor of the city from 2005 to 2007.
Florida House of RepresentativesEdit
When incumbent State Representative Wilbert "Tee" Holloway was appointed to the Miami-Dade County School Board by then-Governor Charlie Crist in 2007, a special election was held to replace him in the 103rd District in 2008, which included Miami Gardens, Opa-locka, and Pembroke Pines in southern Broward County and northern Miami-Dade County. Braynon opted to run in the special election, and faced former Opa-locka Mayor Myra Taylor in the Democratic primary. He defeated Taylor in a landslide, receiving 62% of the vote to Tayloe's 38%, and was elected unopposed in the special general election. When he ran for re-election later that year, he won his party's nomination unopposed and the general election uncontested once again, and then was re-elected without opposition in 2010 as well.
In 2010, State Senator Frederica Wilson was elected to Congress, creating a vacancy in the Florida Senate in the 33rd District, which included Miami, Miami Gardens, and North Miami in northeastern Miami-Dade County. Braynon ran to succeed her, and was opposed by former State Representatives James Bush, Phillip Brutus, and Darryl Reaves. Braynon earned the endorsement of former Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink and significantly out-raised the other three candidates. Bush, Brutus, and Reaves focused their attacks on Braynon, criticizing him for working for a Tallahassee law firm, while Braynon ran on his legislative experience, noting, "Everything I've done has helped my district, and my record shows that." Ultimately, Braynon emerged narrowly victorious in the primary, receiving 42% of the vote to Brutus's 38%, Bush's 12%, and Reaves's 9%, and advanced to the general election, where he faced former North Miami Mayor Joe Celestin. He campaigned on his record in the legislature, argued that his opponent would vote with his party if elected, and criticized Governor Rick Scott's budget for being "unconstitutional." Braynon defeated Celestin in a landslide, scoring 74% of the vote to Celestin's 26%.
When the state's legislative districts were redrawn in 2012, Braynon was moved into the 36th District, where he opted to run for re-election. He was unopposed in both the primary and the general elections, and won his second term entirely uncontested.
In 2014, Braynon faced a Democratic primary challenge from a first time candidate, whom he defeated 70 to 30%. Braynon defeated a write-in opponent in the general election.
Braynon's district was reconfigured and renumbered after court-ordered redistricting in 2016, and he was re-elected in the new district unopposed. Because of the renumbering and the Senate’s staggered terms, he will face term limits two years earlier (2020) than he would have under the previous plan (2022). Previously, Braynon, having been elected in 2012 from an even-numbered district (#36) and re-elected in 2014, would have faced having to run for another four-year term in 2018 before being term limited in 2022.
During the opening of the 2018 Florida Legislative Session, Braynon and Senator Anitere Flores jointly apologized for a sexual affair they had after an anonymous website uploaded a video showing Flores entering and leaving Braynon's apartment on multiple occasions. Both legislators are married with children.
- "Miami Gardens Run-Off July 22, 2003". Miami-Dade County Supervisor of Elections. Retrieved June 6, 2014.
- Reid, Joy-Ann (February 15, 2008). "Braynon Wins District 103 Race". South Florida Times. Retrieved June 6, 2014.
- Derby, Kevin (February 8, 2011). "Two South Florida Legislative Seats Up in Special Elections". Sunshine State News. Retrieved June 6, 2014.
- Mazzei, Patricia (January 31, 2011). "Early voting starts for House District 103, Senate District 33". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved June 6, 2014.
- Mazzei, Patricia (March 2, 2011). "Braynon defeats Celestin in Florida Senate special election". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved June 6, 2014.
- Bousquet, Steve (January 4, 2016). "Odd (& even) politics: Florida auditor will renumber Senate districts". Miami Herald. Retrieved April 2, 2016.
- Wallace, Jeremy (January 5, 2016). "Renumbering state Senate districts triggers political scramble". Miami Herald. Retrieved April 2, 2016.
- Auslen, Michael (January 5, 2016). "Sitting Miami-Dade senators pitted against each other in November election -- unless 2 move". Miami Herald. Retrieved April 2, 2016.
- "Two Florida lawmakers admit affair and apologize as legislative session opens". Miami Herald. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
| Minority Leader of the Florida Senate