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Louis Arthur "Skip" Bafalis (born September 28, 1929) is a retired American politician who served as a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Florida's 10th congressional district.[1]

Skip Bafalis
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Skip Bafalis in 1968
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida's 10th district
In office
January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1983
Preceded byJ. Herbert Burke
Succeeded byAndy Ireland
State Senator from Palm Beach, Florida
In office
State Representative from Palm Beach, Florida
In office
Personal details
Louis Arthur Bafalis

(1929-09-28) September 28, 1929 (age 89)
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Political partyRepublican
GOP gubernatorial nominee, 1982
Spouse(s)Charlotte Maria Bafalis
ChildrenRenee Louise Bafalis ___

Gregory Louis Bafalis

Joshua Evan Bafalis
ResidencePalm Beach, Florida
Fairfax, Virginia
Alma materManchester Central High School
St. Anselm College
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Army

Early lifeEdit

Bafalis was born in Boston, Massachusetts, his father was an immigrant from Greece and his maternal grandparents came from Sweden.[2] He graduated in 1948 from Manchester Central High School in Manchester, New Hampshire, then attended until 1952 Saint Anselm College in neighboring Goffstown, New Hampshire. He was in the United States Army from 1953 to 1956, having reached the rank of captain. After military service, he moved to Florida in 1955[3] to work as an investment banker.

Political careerEdit

Bafalis was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1964 and then to the Florida Senate in 1966 and 1968. In 1970, he was an unsuccessful candidate for governor, having lost his party's nomination to Claude R. Kirk, Jr., the controversial incumbent. Also eliminated in the Republican gubernatorial primary was Jack Eckerd of Clearwater. Kirk was subsequently unseated by the Democrat Reubin Askew of Pensacola. In that same election, U.S. Representative William C. Cramer of St. Petersburg lost the U.S. Senate race to Democrat Lawton Chiles of Lakeland. The intraparty divisions stemming from the defeats of both Kirk and Cramer set back the projected growth of the Florida Republican Party.[4]

In 1972, Bafalis was elected to the ninety-third United States Congress (1973–1975) from a newly created district stretching from the Palm Beaches to Fort Myers. He was also elected to the four succeeding congresses and served from January 3, 1975, to January 3, 1983.[1]

During his time in Congress, Bafalis resided in Fort Myers Beach and Palm Beach.[3][5]

He was not a candidate for re-election to the Ninety-eighth Congress in 1982, but was an unsuccessful gubernatorial nominee, having been defeated by the then incumbent Bob Graham, a Democrat from Miami.[3] According to GovTrack, Bafalis missed 8 percent of the roll call votes during his years of service in Congress, but the percent of missed votes reached 80 percent in the second quarter of 1982 when he was campaigning for governor.[6] After his congressional tenure, he worked as a governmental affairs consultant.[7] He tried to make a comeback in 1988 when he ran in the Republican primary for Florida's 13th congressional district. He had considerable name recognition in the district, which had been carved out of the western portion of his old district. However, he lost in the runoff to Lee County Commissioner Porter Goss.

Personal lifeEdit

Bafalis resides outside Washington, D.C., in Fairfax, Virginia. He is a partner at the Arlington-based government affairs firm Alcalde & Fay.[8][9][10]

Bafalis has three children, Renee Louise Bafalis, Gregory Louis Bafalis, and Joshua Evan Bafalis. His wife is Charlotte Maria Bafalis.[3]


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  2. ^ "United States Census, 1930", FamilySearch, retrieved February 26, 2018
  3. ^ a b c d Bafalis bio page, Florida House of Representatives website. Retrieved 2011-07-22.
  4. ^ Billy Hathorn, "Cramer v. Kirk: The Florida Republican Schism of 1970," The Florida Historical Quarterly, LXVII, No. 4 (April 1990), p. 414-415, 425-426
  5. ^ Congressional Pictorial Directory, Ninety-Seventh Congress, p. 28.
  6. ^ "Missed votes", Bafalis page, Retrieved 2011-07-22.
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  10. ^ L.A. Skip Bafalis bio, Alcalde & Fay website. Retrieved 2011-06-30.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
J. Herbert Burke
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 10th congressional district

Succeeded by
Andy Ireland