October 15, 2016
Working in a highly partisan and polarized chamber where gridlock is the norm, Congressman Vern Buchanan champions bipartisanship while still maintaining his conservative credentials by regularly voting the Republican Party line. His commitment to issues with major impacts in the 16th Congressional District makes his public service stand out.
He also continues to pursue and advance policy priorities he set years ago, advocating for senior citizens, military veterans and small business. Buchanan, a Longboat Key resident, has been a valuable friend to his constituents since his first election in 2006, on legislation, constituent services and frequent town halls.
His bipartisan success even earned compliments from his Democratic opponent in this contest to represent the 16th Congressional District. Unlike many political contests, Jan Schneider, a Sarasota attorney, and Buchanan, a successful businessman, discussed policies in a civil and even collegial manner during the Herald/METV candidate forum this month.
The redrawn district includes all of Manatee County and stretches from Englewood to the south to southern Hillsborough County in the north.
Buchanan’s work on behalf of Floridians includes his longtime opposition to oil drilling closer to the state’s Gulf Coast. As Congress prepared to adjourn last month, he fought for additional funding to curb the country’s deadly heroin epidemic, a crucial concern in Manatee County — the epicenter of the heroin crisis in Florida. Manatee County recorded more heroin-related deaths per capita than any other Florida county in 2014. Soon after President Obama requested $1.9 billion for emergency Zika funding, Buchanan recognized the virus as a major public health threat in Florida and supported the full amount. Months later, the House and Senate agreed on $1.1 billion.