John Thrasher

Speaker (1998 - 2000)

District: 19 -- Republican

Parts of Clay, Duval, St. Johns

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 Services

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