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GET TO KNOW CHRIS LATVALA
State Representative Chris Latvala (R- Clearwater) was first elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2014, and subsequently re-elected in 2016. A former legislative aide, Latvala has been involved the political process for a good portion of his life. Currently, Latvala serves as the Chairman of the PreK-12 Innovation Subcommittee and is a member of the PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee, Criminal Justice Subcommittee, Government Accountability Committee and Education Committee.
This past legislative session, he proudly sponsored, and the Governor subsequently signed, a bill aimed to help children who are the victims of sexual assault and other sexual crimes, by making sure that the perpetrator is unaware of subpoenas during the ongoing case. A strong supporter of our children and second chances, he sponsored and got signed into law, a bill designed to seal and expunge criminal records of juveniles who are non-habitual or non-violent offenders. This bill was one of his first passed as a legislative member.
A tireless advocate for Pinellas County and the constituents of House District 67, Latvala is a member of the 2014 Leadership Pinellas class, a Board member for the Pinellas PACE Center for Girls and the Boys and Girls Club. In previous legislation sessions, he has been a champion for his constituents who are mobile home owners (a large portion of the district) and continuously works to bring back funding to the district to assist programs and organizations within House District 67 and beyond.
A proud University of Central Florida Knight, Latvala works professionally as a consultant, a small business owner and as a Realtor for Smith & Associates.