About Thomas Witkop

Candidate for Congress in Florida's 21st District

About Thomas Witkop

Candidate for Congress in Florida's 21st District

Political Biography

I’m an outdoorsman, community organizer, Floridian, and American. As the youngest congressional nominee in the country, I take seriously the environmental destruction caused by special interests and entrenched politicians. I pledge to support legislation that protects our coastline and natural resources for future generations to come.

I grew up and went to a public college in Maryland where I worked three jobs. After graduating, I taught English in a refugee community in the Canary Islands where I discovered the global image of the United States: the land where you could work hard and achieve your dream. After teaching in the Canaries, I moved to Florida with my fiancee (who teaches at a public high school in the district). I started work at a Neighborhood Resource Center in Jupiter that helped residents- mostly immigrants- learn English, find work, and integrate into American culture. The stories of these folks deepened my appreciation of America as a beacon of democracy, freedom, and economic opportunity. 

Yet, the special interests and entrenched establishment’s disregard for our environment and undermining of our belief in our democracy worried me. While many in our halls of power prioritized the lobbies that put them in office over the working class and our environment, I noticed an alarming erosion of trust in our democracy from my friends and neighbors. 

I’m running for office to protect our environment, defeat special interests, and restore trust in our democracy.