Adam Putnam Biographical Statement
Congressman Adam H. Putnam has represented the people of Florida's 12th District in the U.S. House of Representatives since January 2001, when at the age of 26 he became one of the youngest members of Congress in history. Today, no longer the youngest, he has served in his party's leadership and is a member of the Committee on Financial Services, which oversees all components of the nation’s housing and financial services sectors.
A fifth generation Floridian, Adam brings to Capitol Hill the common sense values he learned growing up in a farming family. He has led improvements to a wide array of laws affecting Floridians, ranging from agriculture and children to small business and social security. During his time in Congress, Adam has served as a member of the committees on Agriculture, Budget, Government Reform, and the powerful committee on Rules. In 2003, Adam was selected to lead the subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and Census, making him the youngest subcommittee chairman since World War II. In that post, he worked to reduce the risk of cyberterrorism, and was responsible for legislation that strengthened federal computer security.
For the 110th Congress (2007-2008), Adam's peers selected him to chair the Republican Conference, his party's third highest leadership post. Previously he had served as Chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, another leadership post. He declined to seek reelection to the Conference Chairmanship for the 111th Congress, saying he wanted to focus more closely on issues important to Florida and to have the latitude to forge bipartisan consensus on policy matters where possible. Adam describes one of his goals as helping to “turn the lights back on in the Idea Factory. We can’t just say ‘no,’ we have to provide constructive ideas to move the nation forward.”
Florida’s 12th District is composed of most of Polk County and portions of Hillsborough and Osceola counties. Positioned along the I-4 Corridor, the district reflects the economic and cultural diversity the Sunshine State. Here are rapidly changing communities near the major metropolitan areas of Tampa and Orlando, as well as cattle ranches, citrus groves, and small towns that still evoke Old Florida.
Adam was born in the heart of the 12th District, in the city of Bartow in 1974. There, he graduated from Bartow High School and went on to the University of Florida, where he graduated with his bachelor’s degree in economics. After graduating from UF he returned to work in his family’s citrus and cattle operation and won election to the Florida House of Representatives, where he served from 1996-2000. Today, Adam, his wife, Melissa, and their four children reside in Bartow.
- Caucus on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)
- Caucus on India and Indian Americans
- Community College Caucus
- Congressional 4-H Caucus
- Congressional Caucus on India and Indian-Americans
- Congressional Caucus on Youth Sports
- Congressional Caucus to Fight and Control Methamphetamine
- Congressional Farmers Cooperative Caucus
- Congressional Horse Caucus
- Congressional Internet Caucus
- Congressional Nursing Caucus
- Congressional Public Service Caucus
- Congressional Rural Caucus
- Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus
- Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus
- Congressional Taiwan Caucus
- House Specialty Crops Caucus
- Navy/Marine Corps Caucus
- Republican Congressional Caucus
- US-Mongolia Friendship