Charles Joseph Crist Jr. is a prominent politician and attorney in the United States. He represented Florida’s 13th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 2017 until 2022. In addition, he was the 44th Governor of Florida, holding that position from 2007 until 2011.
Since the year 2012, Crist has been an active member of the Democratic Party. He began his career in politics as a Republican but switched to the independent party in 2010, and then joined the Democratic Party the following year.
In the years 1993 to 1999, Crist was a member of the Florida Senate. In 1998, he made an unsuccessful bid to unseat the incumbent Republican senator from Florida, Bob Graham, for a seat in the United States Senate. After that, Crist held the positions of Florida Education Commissioner from 2001 to 2003 and Florida Attorney General from 2003 to 2007 before being elected Governor of Florida in 2006.
In 2010, while he was still serving as governor, Crist sought a seat in the United States Senate. In the contest for the Republican nomination for president, he took the lead in the polls early on but was eventually passed by Marco Rubio.
In April of that year, he broke with the Republican Party and ran as an independent candidate in the general election, when he was defeated by Marco Rubio in a three-way battle. He received 30% of the vote, compared to 49% for Rubio and 20% for Democratic nominee Kendrick Meek. In January 2011, Crist’s time as governor came to an end.
Following his support of President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign in 2012, Charlie Crist became a member of the Democratic Party on December 7, 2012. On November 1, 2013, he made the announcement that he will be running for governor in the election that would take place in 2014.
Rick Scott, a Republican and his successor as governor, narrowly defeated Crist in the race for office. In 2016, Crist won the election to represent his home district in Congress, which is the 13th, which is centered in St. Petersburg.
He did so by defeating the incumbent Republican David Jolly by a vote of 52% to 48%, making him the first Democrat to serve this area since 1955. Crist was the only former governor to serve in the House of Representatives during the 117th Congress.
In the race for governor of Florida in 2022, Crist is the candidate representing the Democratic party. In the race for governor, he opposes the incumbent, Ron DeSantis. On August 31, 2022, he decided to focus his attention solely on his campaign for governor and resigned from his seat in the House of Representatives.
Charlie Crist Endorses Gay Marriage
The political journey of Charlie Crist has progressed further by completing yet another stage. On Wednesday evening, the former governor of Florida announced his support for gay marriage.
On his Facebook page, the one-time Republican who is now an independent and has switched parties to become a Democrat stated, “I most certainly support marriage equality in Florida and look forward to the day it happens here.” He extended his congratulations to Delaware on the state’s recent decision to become the 11th to legalize gay marriage.
Is He Gay?
No, he is not gay
Amanda Morrow and Crist were married in July of 1979. In less than a year, they parted ways. After nine months of dating, on July 3, 2008, Crist and Carole Rome became engaged. They went on to get married on December 12, 2008, at the First Methodist Church of St. Petersburg, which Crist is a member of.
Crist made the announcement that he had submitted the petition for divorce in February of 2017, and the divorce was finalized that same year.
Crist announced his engagement to a woman he had met in 2017 and who is a mother of six children and a medical sonographer in 2022 when he was running for governor of Florida for the second time.