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Representative  Ralph H. HabenJr. Speaker
(1980 - 1982)

District 71

Member Information

Biographical Information

City of Residence:  Palmetto

Occupation:  Attorney

Education:  University of Florida, B.A., 1964, Phi Delta Theta; Cumberland College of Law, J.D., 1967, Phi Delta Phi

Born:  November 25, 1941, Atlanta, GA


Military:  National Guard, past service

Moved to Florida:  1946

Religious Affiliation:  Methodist

Recreational Interest:  Flying, fishing, skiing, running and tennis

Legislative Service

Elected to the House in 1972, reelected subsequently. Speaker 1980-1982.

Other Public Service

Municipal Judge for Palmetto and Anna Maria 1970-1972, Assistant State Attorney in the 12th Judicial Circuit 1969, City Prosecutor for Palmetto, Legislative Aide in the Senate 1967


Bradenton Kiwanis Club, Elks


Jacksonville Times-Union poll Most Effective in Debate runner-up 1975, 1979, 1980 and winner in 1978. Jacksonville Times-Union poll Most Effective Member in the House runner-up 1979 and winner 1980. Unified Sportsmen Outstanding Legislator 1977 and Continuous Service Award 1978. Spessard Holland Award 1979 Tampa Bay Committee for Good Government. Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Outstanding Legislative Contribution 1979. Florida Sheriff's Association Distinguished Service Award for Law Enforcement 1976. University of Florida Outstanding Alumnus 1980.

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