Ben Albritton

Full Biography

Ben was born in Florida’s Heartland in 1968. He is the 5th generation of a line of farmers, ranchers, citrus growers and businessmen who have lived and invested in Central Florida’s rich agricultural heritage. Ben graduated from Hardee High School in 1986 and then attended Florida Southern College where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Citrus/Business in 1990. After graduating from college Ben went to work in his family Agriculture businesses that now includes citrus grove ownership, grove care and management, payroll management, a general lines insurance agency, as well as risk and horticultural consulting.

In 1993, Ben married Missy Schrader of Wauchula, and they began the rewarding task of starting and raising a family in rural Hardee County. They have three children, Rebecca (19 yrs), Joshua (16 yrs), and Ryan (12 yrs). Missy and Ben invest daily very heavily in the lives of their children and in their Christian faith. Their family is lifetime members of First Christian Church of Wauchula, where Ben has served as an Elder since 2003.

Throughout his life, Ben has been taught and consistently practices the value and necessity of serving others, especially his “Ag” family across Florida. He is a past board member and President of the Peace River Citrus Growers Association, past board member and Chair of the East Charlotte County Drainage District, and a current grower member of Florida Citrus Mutual. In 2005 Gov. Bush appointed Ben to serve on the Florida Citrus Commission and he was subsequently reappointed for a second term in 2008. He served as Vice-Chair of the Domestic Marketing Committee in 2005, Chairman of the Admin & Budget Committee in 2006, and was unanimously elected as Chairman of the Florida Citrus Commission in 2007, a post he held until 2010.

It was his service as Chairman of the FCC, through numerous interactions with the Florida Legislature that allowed him to recognize the clear necessity of having strong agricultural leadership in Tallahassee. When the State House seat in his area became open in 2010, Ben decided to resign his FCC seat and run for the open Florida House seat in what is now District 56. He was elected with nearly 80% of the vote.

Ben serves as Chairman of the Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee, Vice Chairman of the Natural Resources & Public Lands Subcommittee, Agriculture & Property Rights Subcommittee, Appropriations Committee and the Government Accountability Committee.

He also Chairs the Polk, Hardee and DeSoto County Legislative Delegations.

The vast majority of his legislative initiatives continue to evolve around enhancing and protecting Florida agriculture, common sense Government fiscal management, property insurance reform and protecting the most vulnerable children in our communities, as well as cutting taxes.

During his time in the Legislature Representative Ben Albritton has received many awards and recognitions including:

  • • Legislator of the Year by Peace River Center in 2011
  • • Distinguished Alumni Award presented by Florida Southern College in 2011
  • • Defender of Liberty Award presented by the American Conservative Union in 2011
  • • Named Friend of Free Enterprise by the Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc. in 2011
  • • Champion of School Choice Award presented by Florida Charter School Alliance and National Coalition for Public School Options Florida Chapter in 2012
  • • 2012 Legislative Appreciation Award presented by the Florida League of Cities
  • • Legislator of the Year Award by the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association in 2012
  • • Was recognized by the Florida Library Association as a "Legislator without whose support library funding would not have been won" in 2012
  • • Legislator of the Year Award by the Florida Farm Bureau in 2012
  • • Received a 100% score on Florida Chamber of Commerce Report Card in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016
  • • Distinguished Advocate Award by Florida Chamber of Commerce in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • • Received a 100% score on Foundation for Florida’s Future in 2011, 2012 and 2013
  • • Received a 100% score on Americans For Prosperity Score Card in 2011, and 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and designated a “Champion of Economic Freedom”
  • • Recognized by the Florida Farm Bureau as “A Champion of Agriculture” in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016
  • • Legislator of the Year Award by the Florida Cattleman’s Association in 2013
  • • Recognized as a Champion of Florida Citrus by Florida Citrus Mutual in 2013
  • • Received the Leadership Award from Small County Coalition in 2013
  • • Recognized by the Florida Association of Food Banks for his commitment to hunger relief in Florida.
  • • Recognized by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for outstanding service to the First Annual Lakeland Leadership Camp in 2013
  • • Named Legislator of the Year for the Guardian Ad Litem Program in 2014
  • • Received the Legislative Award in 2013 from the Florida Shore & Beach Preservation Association for outstanding Leadership and commitment to Florida Beaches.
  • • Received the Hunger Champion award by Florida Farm Share in 2013 and 2014
  • • Recognized as Distinguished Alumni in 2014 and 2015 by the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida
  • • Received Park Champion Award from Florida Parks and Recreation in 2014
  • • Chosen as Legislator of the Year by Florida Forestry Association in 2016
  • • Received Exceptional Support and Distinguished Service Award from South Florida Agriculture Council in 2014
  • • Awarded the Exemplary Public Service Award by the Florida Association of Counties in 2015
  • • Received 100% score on Legislative Report Card by Associated Industries of Florida
  • • Received 100% score on the Florida’s Education Report Card in 2016
  • • Received Award from Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority in recognition for his leadership to the Region in 2016
  • • Received Conservative Excellence Award from the American Conservative Union in 2016
  • • Received the Exemplary Public Service Award from the Florida Association of Counties in 2016
  • • Received Appreciation Award from Florida Polytechnic University
  • • Received the 2017 Champion of Florida Citrus from Florida Citrus Mutual

Ben enjoys spending quality time with his family, managing his family business, reading and studying about the founding principles of America, and aggressively searching for innovative ways to make Florida a better place for our generations to come.

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