Candidate Profile
Denise Grimsley

Republican , Florida


Denise Grimsley
Commissioner of Agriculture

Panel Rating

Conservative Information icon


Conservative Organizations

Florida Family Action (FFA), 2017-18:  A+
Americans for Prosperity FL (AFP FL), 2018:  89%
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2017:  85%, 83% (cum.)



Liberal Organizations

Political Hurricane FL, 2012:  5%





Maggie's List, Personhood Florida Pro-Life PAC

Reported by Candidate

Florida Professional Firefighters, Fraternal Order of Police, Florida State Lodge, 31 Florida Sheriffs To Date

Selected Contributions


Adam Putnam, Ben Albritton, Kathleen Mick Peters, Local, County, and District Republican Organizations, Maggie's List, Matt Hudson and 4 more
Associated Builders and Contractors, Ben Albritton, Cary Pigman, Dana Young, David Rivera, Florida Conservative Alliance and 17 more


Florida Police Benevolent Association, International Association of Firefighters, National Education Association, Service Employees International Union, Tim Gill







Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Agree

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

Strongly Agree

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Strongly Agree

Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.

Strongly Agree

It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has a livable income.

Strongly Disagree

It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health insurance.

Strongly Disagree

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.

Strongly Agree

More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.

Strongly Disagree

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Strongly Agree

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Strongly Agree

Any teaching to children on sex education in public schools must include all contraceptive methods, and should not show preference to abstinence.

Strongly Disagree

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive funds from federal, state, or local governments.

Strongly Agree

Islamic law (Sharia) should take precedence over national and state laws where there are Islamic majority communities in the U. S.

Strongly Disagree

The state constitution should limit the growth of spending to the rate of population growth plus the rate of inflation.

Strongly Agree

Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Strongly Agree

People should be allowed to use public restrooms, showers, and changing rooms based on "gender identity."

Strongly Disagree

I support sanctuary cities.

Strongly Disagree

I support the death penalty.

Strongly Agree

Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

Strongly Agree

Parents should be the primary authority in decisions affecting their minor children.

Strongly Agree

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

Strongly Agree

I voted in these primaries and general elections:

2010 General Election, 2010 Republican Primary, 2012 General Election, 2012 Republican Primary, 2014 General Election, 2014 Republican Primary, 2016 General Election, 2016 Republican Primary

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

I can foresee no reason for an abortion other than a rare condition like an ectopic pregnancy where a mother’s life is endangered.

What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?

Throughout all of history, mankind’s pride and ambition have created a propensity for the few to gather power and hold sway over the many. This tendency was anticipated by the Founders and held in check by the separation of powers in our Constitution.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a born again believer in Jesus Christ and I believe that God is actively at work in the world and in the affairs of men. My worldview is rooted in a belief that the Bible is His Word to us, and that Jesus Christ embodies absolute truth.

When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

Very Conservative

Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

Americans for Prosperity Florida Champion of Freedom Award, 2017 Florida Family Policy Council Champion of the Family, 2016 American Conservative Union “The Defender of Liberty”, 2011; Americans for Prosperity “A” Rating, 2011

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

Consistent efforts to reduce and restrain government regulations and the tax burden at all levels of government.

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

Empower medical professionals in the marketplace to compete and serve their patients directly, thereby reducing the artificial costs built into health care currently.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

Government best serves the economy when it positions itself as a minimal actor in the public square. By keeping regulation and taxation to a minimum, government best serves the economy.

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

I believe we are the sum of our life experiences. I grew up in rural Hardee County and became a registered nurse. In the 90s, when my father became ill, I took over running my family’s business. Today, I serve as administrator of the same rural hospital I was a candy striper in as a teen, and I work daily in my family’s citrus and cattle operations. All of that has led me to where I am and my ongoing passion to serve others.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you: Ph. 863-835-0232

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

I decided to step into the public square after years trying to run a business and running headlong into bureaucracy. When we talk about the role of government, I saw firsthand that when it’s too big to care, it’s too big to be effective. Regulation and taxation can break a business and an economy. So it’s the school of hard knocks that prepares me for this role and a chance to do better for those government should serve.


  • University of Miami, Coral Gables, MBA, 2003
  • Warner Southern College, Lake Wales, BA, 1999
  • Polk Community College, Bartow, AS, 1983
Work & Military
  • Grimsley Groves, Inc, VP, 2004-Present
  • Florida Hospital, Hospital Administrator, 2013-Present
  • Grimsley Oil Company, COO, 1996-2004
  • Various Hospitals, Nurse, 1977-1996
  • First Baptist Church of Wauchula, Member
  • Florida Cattlemen's Association, Member
  • National Rifle Association, Member
  • Highlands County Citrus Growers Association, Member
  • Lake Placid Morning Rotary Club, Member
  • Hardee Co. Republican Executive Committee, Former Chair
  • Highlands Co. Republican Executive Committee, Former State Committeewoman
  • Warner University, Board Member
  • State Senate, Held 2012-2018
  • State Representative, Held 2004-2012

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