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Newly-elected Congressman says church has been strong influence

Newly-elected Congressman says church has been strong influence

e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service

Newly-elected Congressman says church has been strong influence

By J.A. Buchholz | Dec. 15, 2008 {0952}

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United States Representative-elect Bill Posey has always had close ties to Rockledge United Methodist Church, and he doesn’t anticipate that changing once he heads to Washington, D.C., in January.

Representative-elect Bill Posey

Posey, a Republican, was elected to Congress Nov. 4, winning Florida’s U.S. House District 15 race. He was first elected to the Rockledge City Council in 1976 and then to the Florida House in 1992.

Posey said it was the urging of members at Rockledge United Methodist Church that prompted him to run for the Florida House of Representatives in 1992. Posey has been a member of the church for more than 40 years.

“I’d say about a dozen members came to me and strongly suggested that I seek the job,” Posey said.

Since then, Posey said the church has continued to play a role in both his public and private life. While serving in the Florida legislature, Posey said he made the long drive from Tallahassee back to Rockledge to worship at his home church until he broke his back and the drive became too physically painful for anything more than infrequent trips.

“I guess you could say I was ‘unchurched’ until I met my wife,” Posey said. “She was a charter member of the church, and I guess it’s just sort of become woven into the fabric of our lives.”

A skilled politician always ready with a response, Posey was at a loss to describe what the Rockledge church has meant to his family during the past 40 years.

“I like the people. I’ve been happy with the pastors over the years,” Posey said. “It’s home.”

Posey said his faith has never been far from his heart or his campaigns.

“You know, I never prayed that I would win,” Posey said. “I prayed that things would fall into place.”

The Rev. Ted Wood, pastor at the Rockledge church, said Posey, whom he has known for six years, is a man of integrity.

“He’s just a fun guy who loves old cars,” Wood said. “He’s been real helpful and supportive of the church throughout the years. He would answer political questions for members about once a month.”

Charles Long, president of the church’s United Methodist Men, said Posey has taken time to address the ministry about current political events.

”He’s a great Christian man,” said Long, who contributed time and money to Posey’s campaign. “He’s strong in his faith.”

Posey, who is a past president of United Methodist Men at the church and former trustee, said the church has been an extension of his family. He said its practices are key to his life.

That extends to his professional life, working for more than 30 years in residential and commercial real estate. He is the founder and president of Posey & Co. Realtors® and has served as a director of the Florida Association of Realtors® and president of the Space Coast Association of Realtors®.

Regardless of the venue, Posey said he governs by one creed. “I try to lead by example,” he said.

That motto will go with him to Washington, where the next chapter in his career as a public servant begins.

“We’ve been so busy lately it’s been hard to try and get everything done,” Posey said. “We have to try and stop and think about what has happened. We are excited.”

News media contact: Tita Parham, 800-282-8011,, Orlando

*Parham is managing editor of e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service.
**Buchholz is a freelance writer based in Seffner, Fla.