(Ormond Beach, Fla.) – Today, the Tom Leek for State Senate campaign announced the endorsement of State Sen. Jay Collins (R-Tampa) in conservative Republican State Rep. Tom Leek’s (R-Ormond Beach) bid for Florida’s open Senate District 7 seat, currently held by Sen. Travis Hutson (R-Palm Coast), who is term-limited.

“I have witnessed Sen. Collins’ dedication to his community and upholding his beliefs,” said State Rep. Leek. “I know his endorsement comes with thoughtful consideration and strong conviction. I am grateful for his support and would consider it a privilege to join him in fighting for conservative values and policies in the state Senate,” he concluded.

Senator Collins is a distinguished patriot and highly decorated Army Special Forces combat veteran and Purple Heart recipient with over two decades of service, including five years as an active-duty Green Beret following the amputation of his leg. He was elected to the Florida Senate in 2022 and currently serves as Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee and as a member of the Senate Military and Veterans Affairs, Space, and Domestic Security Committee. Senator Collins shared the following in support of Tom Leek’s candidacy for the Florida Senate:

“It takes devotion, endurance, and integrity to lead well—something I have learned from over two decades in the Army Special Forces—and I have witnessed Tom Leek’s embodiment of these qualities during his distinguished service in the Florida Legislature. He stands up for Florida’s families, supports law enforcement officers, and aims to protect the rights of all Floridians in everything he does. I proudly endorse his campaign and would be honored to serve alongside him next year in the Florida Senate,” said State Sen. Collins.


About State Representative Tom Leek

State Rep. Tom Leek was first elected to serve State House District 25 in 2016, and after redistricting re-elected in State House District 28 in 2022. A graduate of the University of Central Florida and Stetson University College of Law, Leek resides in Ormond Beach with his wife Michelle. They are the parents of two daughters.

Tom Leek, recognized quickly in the House as a conservative leader, has the distinction of having served as a committee chairman and on the leadership team of the last three Speakers in the Florida House during his tenure. He currently works with Speaker Paul Renner as Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee and has previously chaired the Public Ethics and Integrity Committee, the Pandemics and Public Emergencies Committee and the Redistricting Committee.

Leek’s accomplishments in the Florida House include landmark legislation in establishing Florida as the most law enforcement-friendly state in the union by strengthening their ability to recruit, retain and reward our police officers. He passed important legislation relating to emergency management and in banning “vaccine passports.” As a trusted member of House leadership, he has worked on many of the conservative advances of the past few years in school choice, economic development and important social issues that strengthen the family.

Tom Leek is the Chief Legal Officer and Executive Vice President of Foundation Risk Partners, Corp., a national insurance brokerage. He joined the company in 2018, after a 21-year career at the law firm of Cobb Cole in Daytona Beach, where he led the firm as managing partner.

Leek announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination in Senate District 7 on January 4, 2023. District 7 is comprised of Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns, and parts of Volusia Counties. Tom Leek has been endorsed by U.S. Representatives Michael Waltz and Cory Mills, all four sheriffs within SD 7 (Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly, Putman County Sheriff H.D. ‘Gator’ DeLoach, St. Johns County Sheriff Robert Hardwick, and Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood), State Sen. Jay Collins, State Attorney R.J. Larizza and Public Defender Matthew Metz, both of the Seventh Judicial Circuit, along with current State Senator Travis Hutson who is vacating the seat in 2024 due to term limits.

For additional information, please go to https://www.VoteTomLeek.com/