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Congressman Bilirakis has been a long-time proponent of the public education system, both in the Florida Legislature and now in Congress. As a father of four boys, all of whom graduated from or currently attend public school, he understands the link between a robust public education system and a vital and thriving nation. 

While education is primarily an issue that is governed by individual state legislatures, the Congressman has been supportive of the federal government’s role in ensuring equity for students from low socio-economic backgrounds and for those students with special needs.  As such, he has regularly supported increases in Title I and IDEA funding.  The Congressman is also a long-time proponent of Career, Technical and quality Apprenticeship education programs, and has supported legislation to strengthen the opportunities for students throughout the nation. 

Congressman Bilirakis has also previously supported legislation to increase access to higher education by raising the maximum Pell Grant (federal assistance that deserving students do not have to repay) award. He also has voted to improve the Head Start program to help close the learning gap between children from disadvantaged families and their more well-off peers. In the 113th Congress, Bilirakis supported legislation, which is now law, to help make college more affordable by permanently reducing interest rates on federally-subsidized student loans. He also voted in favor of legislation that would return the control of the public school system to localities, by empowering teachers, families, and local school boards.

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October 26, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC:  Congressman Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) is proud to join his colleagues on the Congressional Campus Free Speech Caucus by becoming a member of this important group. Together, the Caucus will work to ensure all students have the freedom to express their points of view without fear of retribution by university leadership, professors, or fellow students. Bilirakis also recently joined several colleagues in cosponsoring H.R. 4007, the Campus Free Speech Restoration Act, which will help ensure that the First Amendment is protected on all university campuses.

October 24, 2021 Bilirakis Blog

NSBA Letter

October 15, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC:  Earlier this week, Representative Gus Bilirakis and a group of his colleagues from Florida demanded answers from the U.S.

May 9, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. –, Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12)  and Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) are proud to  introduce the bipartisan Suicide and Threat Assessment Nationally Dedicated to Universal Prevention (STANDUP) Act of 2019 to encourage schools to expand evidence-based suicide prevention training to students in grades 6 through 12.

July 19, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12), Vice Chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Committee, released the below statement after the committee unanimously advanced the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Education Assistance Act, H.R. 3218, which includes his provision to modernize the VA’s Information Technology systems for GI Bill claims processing.
July 18, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12), Vice Chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Committee, joined a legislative hearing on the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Education Assistance Act, H.R. 3218. The bill would improve and extend GI Bill benefits granted to Veterans, and includes a provision introduced by Bilirakis to modernize the VA’s Information Technology systems for processing claims.
November 23, 2016 Press Release
U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis announced today that Nikhil Dutt, a senior at Land O’Lakes High School, has won the Congressional App Challenge for Florida’s 12th District. Nikhil’s winning app, entitled “Student Toolbox,” is a software program that helps students organize their schoolwork and connect with teachers and peers.
January 21, 2015 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Representative Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) released the following statement on the President’s State of the Union Address:

February 4, 2007 Press Release

Legislation allows widows to remarry without financial penalty  


February, 5, 2007

Washington, D.C.
- Today, Congressman Gus M. Bilirakis (R-Palm Harbor) announced he filed H.R. 704, which addresses the Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) program for widows of Armed Service Members.