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Inspiring Women of Florida 12

March 18, 2016
Bilirakis Blog

Women’s History Month allows us time to reflect on the many important women who have had a lasting impact on our past. This month also gives us the opportunity to celebrate the women making history today for tomorrow's generation of innovators, newsmakers, and community leaders.

Throughout Florida 12, we are lucky to have many inspiring woman role models giving back to our communities. Jamie Mick is one shining example of a woman dedicated to service. 

Jamie has held various leadership positions in organizations crucial to our community. She has served our district through her role in the Rotary Club, ALL Florida PETS, Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind, American Cancer Society, Take Stock In Children, Pasco County Sherriff’s Kids Camp, West Pasco Chamber of Commerce, Florida Gulf Coast Association of Commercial Realtors, and other organizations and programs.

Jamie is a co-founder of Women IN Charge, an organization helping to empower women. Their mission is to support and assist professional women in managing their businesses more effectively, furthering their professional goals, and promoting their health and financial independence.

Jamie is just one of the many role models I’m proud to have in our community.

As a member of Congress, I have the opportunity to meet with many important leaders in our communities. I have met many women, like Jamie, who are making Florida 12 proud.

Here are just a few of the other women leaders and role models from our great state:

Ashleigh Pike is an inspiring patient advocate from my district in Florida. Her story of a rare condition and the search for answers inspired my OPEN Act. Learn more here.

Mari Velar, from Odessa, testified in a Capitol Hill briefing last year to share her story about the benefits of Medicare Advantage, a vital program for seniors and disabled Americans.

USF President Dr. Judy Genshaft oversees more than 47,000 students at our University of South Florida. Dr. Genshaft has visited my DC office to discuss cybersecurity issues. She continues to lead USF with boundless energy and unparalleled dedication. Go Bulls!

Paula O’Neil serves as our Clerk of the Court for Pasco County. She has been a leader in our community for many years and I’m honored to call her a friend.

Candace overcame a rare condition by doing her own thorough research and now is a strong voice for others and an advocate for the OPEN Act and 21st Century Cures Act. More here.

Last year, Margaree Gray performed at a 20th anniversary jam session at the CARES Elfers Center. Margaree has spent many years performing bluegrass, country, and gospel music, making our community a happier place to live in.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Colonel Donna Lusczynski works as Commander of the Department of Investigative Services. I’m so proud to have leaders like Colonel Lusczynski protecting our community.

This month we have the opportunity to honor the women who have impacted our lives and our communities. As we celebrate the incredible accomplishments of women across America, we must continue our effort to make history for the next generation of women.

I am proud to continue working to restore a confident America, where every American – especially women – feel secure in their lives and their futures.

I encourage you to express your gratitude to the inspiring women in your lives this month, and every month.