Sunday, May 24, 2015

Representative  Denise Grimsley

District 77

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Biographical Information

City of Residence:  Sebring

Occupation:  Registered Nurse/Citrus Grower

Child(ren):  Nicole Keen

Grandchild(ren):  Tyson, Jillian

Education:  Polk Community College, A.S.; Warner Southern College, B.A.; University of Miami, M.B.A.

Born:  September 21, Lakeland, FL

Religious Affiliation:  Baptist

Recreational Interest:  biking, fishing, hunting

Legislative Service

Elected to the House in 2004, reelected subsequently


Florida Cattlemen's Association

Florida Emergency Nurses Association

Florida Hospital Foundation

Highlands County Citrus Growers Association

Highlands County Livestock Advisory Committee

Lake Placid Morning Rotary Club

Leadership Florida

South Florida Community College Foundation, Treasurer 2001-2003


Elder Care Advocacy of Florida, Most Effective Legislator 2012

Florida Cattlemen’s Association, Legislator of the Year 2012

Florida Home Builders Association, Champion of Housing Award 2012

Healthy Start, Recognition for support and dedication to the mothers, children and families in Highlands County 2012

Kiwanis Florida District, Dr. W. J. “Wil” Blechman Children’s Advocacy Award 2012

The Transition House, Inc., Legislator of the Year 2012

American Cancer Society, Legislative Leadership Award 2011

American Conservative Union, “The Defender of Liberty Award” 2011

Americans for Prosperity, “A” Rating 2011

Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged, Legislator of the Year 2011

Florida Hospital Association, Excellence in Public Service Award 2011

Florida Virtual School, Leadership Award 2011

PACE Center for Girls, Legislator of the Year Award 2011

Sunrise Community Courage and Compassion Award 2011

Florida Alcohol & Drug Abuse Association, Legislative Leadership Award 2010

Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Leadership Award 2010

Florida Council on Aging, Advocacy Award 2010

Florida Council for Community Mental Health, Legislator of the Year 2010

Florida Dental Association, Dr. Lewis Earle Legislative Service Award 2010

Florida Partner in Crisis, Polk, Highlands, and Hardee Chapter, Certificate of Leadership 2010

Greater Lake Placid Chamber of Commerce, Special President's Award 2010

Southwest Florida Library Network, Library Champion Award 2010

Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges, Legislator of the Year 2009

Glades County Board of County Commissioners, Outstanding Legislative Service Award 2009

Association Builders & Contractors, Inc., "Friend of Free Enterprise" 2008

Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association, Legislator of the Year 2008

Florida Association of Agricultural Educators, Legislator of the Year 2008

Florida Chamber of Commerce Honor Roll 2007

Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association Legislator of the Year Award 2007

Florida Retail Federation, Republican Legislator of the Year 2007

Commonwealth of Kentucky, Honorary Kentucky Colonel 2006

Federation of Manufactured Home Owners of Florida, Inc., Recognition For Accomplishment and Outstanding Public Service in Creation of the Manufactured Housing and Mobile Home Mitigation and Enhancement Program 2006

Florida Association of Area Agencies on Aging, Certificate of Appreciation 2006

Florida Association of Counties, "County Champion" Award 2006

Florida Chamber of Commerce "A" Honor Roll 2006

Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 601, Certificate of Honorary Membership 2006

Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 601, Proclamation as Purple Heart Sweetheart 2006

Moore Haven High School Scholarship Foundation, Appreciation Award 2006

Peace River Center, Appreciation Award 2006

American Lung Association Political Courage Award 2005

Associated Home Health Industry of Florida Legislative Hero Award 2005

Florida Chamber of Commerce "A" Honor Roll 2005

Florida Citrus Mutual Legislative Appreciation Award 2005

Florida Petroleum Marketers Association, Certificate of Appreciation for Legislative Efforts 2000

Hardee County Chamber of Commerce, Business Person of the Year 1999

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