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Latest revision as of 00:42, 20 May 2022

Patt Maney
Member of the Florida House of Representatives


Incumbent
Assumed office
November 3, 2020
Preceded by Mel Ponder
Personal details
Born May 1948 (age 74)
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Caroline

Thomas Patterson Maney (born May 1948) is an American politician. He served in the United States Army, retiring in 2007 with the rank of brigadier general. Maney was appointed to a county judgeship in Florida in 1989, and retired from the position in 2018. He has served as a member of the Florida House of Representatives since 2020.

Early life, education and military career

Patt Maney was one of seven children born to parents Charles Thomas Maney and Mary Bewlay Steele Maney.[1][2] Born in Lexington, Kentucky, Maney attended the University of Kentucky in his hometown where he was a member of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps program.[3] Maney completed his undergraduate education in 1970,[3] and pursued legal studies at the University of Louisville School of Law. He formally joined the United States Army in 1970,[4] and obtained his degree in law in 1974.[5] While serving in the military, Maney also studied at the Army War College, graduating in 1989.[6] He served during Operation Just Cause in Panama, Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti, as well as Operations Joint Guard and Joint Endeavor in Bosnia.[3] Maney was injured by an improvised explosive device in August 2005, while in Afghanistan as a part of Operation Enduring Freedom.[3][5] He spent twenty months in recovery at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and subsequently ended his military career in April 2007, having served nearly 37 years in the army and advancing to the rank of brigadier general.[3][4] The University of Kentucky awarded Maney an honorary doctorate in law in 2016.[7]

Judicial and political career

Maney began his legal career in Louisville, Kentucky,[7] then moved to Okaloosa County, Florida in 1975,[4] and continued the practice of law in Fort Walton Beach.[7] Maney practiced law for fifteen years prior to his appointment as a county judge in Florida's First Judicial Circuit for Okaloosa County in 1989.[5] In May 2007, Maney tentatively resumed his judgeship, having recovered from wounds related to his tour of duty in Afghanistan. On January 31, 2016, Maney became the longest-serving county or circuit judge to preside within the First Judicial Circuit. He retired from the bench in May 2018, the same month he turned seventy, Florida's mandatory retirement age for judges.[5]

Eventually, Maney settled in Shalimar.[8] By September 2019, Maney had already expressed interest in contesting an open seat in the state legislature.[9] Maney pre-qualified his candidacy for the 2020 Florida House of Representatives election with the Florida Division of Elections in October 2019.[10] Maney finished first in a field of four candidates during a Republican Party primary, held on August 18, 2020 to nominate a candidate for Florida's 4th House of Representatives district, a seat left open by Mel Ponder.[11] He defeated Democratic Party candidate John Plante and write-in candidate Lance Lawrence in the general election.[11][12] Maney was sworn in as a member of the Florida House of Representatives on November 17, 2020.[13]

References

  1. "Mary Bewlay Steele Maney". Northwest Florida Daily News. October 16, 2007. https://obits.nwfdailynews.com/amp/obituaries/nwfdailynews/96296559. 
  2. "Jonathan Winslow Maney". Northwest Florida Daily News. June 19, 2020. https://obits.nwfdailynews.com/obituaries/nwfdailynews/obituary.aspx?n=jonathan-winslow-maney&pid=196359494&fhid=10288. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 "BRIGADIER GENERAL (R) THOMAS P. “PATT” MANEY UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY CLASS OF 1970". University of Kentucky. https://armyrotc.as.uky.edu/sites/default/files/BG%20Thomas%20P.%20Maney.pdf. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Patt Maney receives state award from DAR". Northwest Florida Daily News. March 26, 2019. https://www.nwfdailynews.com/news/20190326/patt-maney-receives-state-award-from-dar. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 McLaughlin, Tom (February 23, 2018). "T. Patterson Maney to retire in May". Northwest Florida Daily News. https://www.nwfdailynews.com/news/20180223/t-patterson-maney-to-retire-in-may. 
  6. Thompson, Jim (November 25, 2019). "Maney receives Army War College award". Crestview News Bulletin. https://www.crestviewbulletin.com/news/20191125/maney-receives-army-war-college-award. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Johnson, Kathy (February 19, 2016). "UK Board Approves Four Honorary Degree Recipients for May Commencement". University of Kentucky. https://uknow.uky.edu/content/uk-board-approves-four-honorary-degree-recipients-may-commencement. 
  8. Judnich, Tony (May 21, 2020). "FWB Chamber interviews candidates in 2nd Q&A session". The Gadsden Times. https://www.gadsdentimes.com/news/20200521/fwb-chamber-interviews-candidates-in-2nd-qa-session. 
  9. McLaughlin, Tom (September 11, 2019). "Two more say they will run for Ponder’s House seat". Northwest Florida Daily News. https://www.nwfdailynews.com/news/20190911/two-more-say-they-will-run-for-ponders-house-seat.  Alternative URL
  10. "Patt Maney pre-qualifies to run for the Florida House of Representatives". The Destin Log. October 8, 2019. https://www.thedestinlog.com/news/20191008/patt-maney-pre-qualifies-to-run-for-florida-house-of-representatives.  Alternative URLs 1 2
  11. 11.0 11.1 Judnich, Tony (August 18, 2020). "Maney advances to general election bid for state rep. seat". Northwest Florida Daily News. https://www.nwfdailynews.com/story/news/2020/08/18/retired-judge-patt-maney-moves-bid-state-rep-seat/3391318001/. 
  12. McLaughlin, Tom (November 3, 2020). "Patt Maney wins Florida House seat over Democrat John Plante". Northwest Florida Daily News. https://www.nwfdailynews.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/11/03/election-results-florida-senate-house-okaloosa-county-broxson-butler-maney-plante-williamson-hoover/6005447002/. 
  13. Ravine, Devon (November 18, 2020). "Maney, decorated veteran and long-serving judge, sworn in as state representative". Northwest Florida Daily News. https://www.nwfdailynews.com/story/news/2020/11/18/retired-judge-patt-maney-sworn-tuesday-state-representative/3764904001/. 

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