Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Representative  John Thrasher Speaker
(1998 - 2000)

District 19

Member Information

Biographical Information

City of Residence:  Orange Park

Occupation:  Attorney

Child(ren):  Jennifer, Jon, Julie

Education:  Florida State University, B.S., 1965, J.D., with honors, 1972

Born:  December 18, 1943, Columbia, SC


Military:  U.S. Army 1966-1970; served in Germany and the Republic of Vietnam; honorably discharged as Captain; decorations include Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, in lieu of second award, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Nat

Moved to Florida:  1949

Religious Affiliation:  Presbyterian

Recreational Interest:  golf, basketball

Legislative Service

Elected to the House in 1992, reelected subsequently

Republican Caucus Policy Committee Member 1992 and 1993

Clay County Delegation Chairman 1993 and 1994

Other Public Service

Clay County School Board (Republican) 1986-1990, Chairman 1989 and 1990, Vice Chairman 1988


Clay County Chamber of Commerce, Vice President of Governmental Affairs 1989, 1991, and 1992

Children's Haven Advisory Board

Clay Police Athletic League Board Member

Orange Park Rotary Club

The Florida Bar

Quigley House Advisory Member


Florida School Board Association First Term Legislator of the Year 1993

Florida Association of School Administrators Raymond B. Stewart Gavel of Authority Award 1994

Florida School Board Association "67 Award" as the 1994 House of Representatives Legislator of the Year

House Republican Caucus Champion of Florida School Children Award 1994

Duval Delegation Chairman's Award 1995

Clay County Bar Association Liberty Bell Award 1995

Florida Sheriffs Association Legislator of the Year 1995 and 1998

Florida Bar Association President's Award 1996

Florida Sheriffs Association Legislative Award 1996

The Florida School Board Association Legislator of the Year 1996 and 1997

Florida Association of Counties County Chairperson for 1997

The Miami Herald Second Most Effective Legislator of 120, 1997 and 1998

Florida Association of Health Maintenance Organizations Outstanding Legislator 1997

Florida Farm Bureau Legislative Award 1997

Clay County Committee of 100 Legislator of the Year 1997

American Heart Association Legislative Award 1997

Florida Association of Student Services Administrators Outstanding Legislator 1997

Duval County School Board Award for outstanding leadership 1997

Clay County REC Chairman's Outstanding Republican Award 1997

Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida Liberty Bell Award for Outstanding Service to Higher Education

Florida Association of District School Superintendants Legislator of the Year 1997

St. Johns River Water Management District Partnership Award 1997

Florida Conference of County Court Judges Legislative Leadership Award 1998

Retailers for Responsible Government Legislator of the Year 1998

Florida Chamber of Commerce Legislative Top 40 Award 1998

Florida Council for Behavioral Healthcare Legislator of the Year 1998

American Legislative Exchange Council Legislator of the Year 1998

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