Charlie Crist

Charles Joseph Crist

    Charlie Crist is a Democratic former governor of Florida who works for Morgan & Morgan, a personal injury law firm. Crist was elected governor in 2006 as a Republican. He did not seek re-election, instead losing a U.S. Senate race to Republican Marco Rubio, during which time Crist left the GOP. In December 2012, he registered as a Democrat. He previously served as Florida education commissioner, attorney general and state senator.

    Crist was born in Altoona, Pa., on July 24, 1956. He graduated from St. Petersburg High School and attended Wake Forest, Florida State and Samford universities. Crist and his wife, Carole, live in St. Petersburg.


    1. Fact-checking claims about education in the race for governor


      School was out for most students this summer, but education attacks in the race for governor never took a vacation. PolitiFact Florida has been monitoring the claims and has a report card on how …

    2. Bousquet: Another day of running for governor, another round of nasty ads


      Gov. Rick Scott on Monday ramped up an asphalt agenda, calling for more lanes on Interstate 295 in Jacksonville and millions more for airports and seaports.

    3. Scott campaign pulled TV ad featuring convicted human smuggler


      Gov. Rick Scott's campaign said Monday it has ended a month-long run of a campaign TV ad touting support from small business owners, including a Tampa man convicted of human smuggling four years ago on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten.

    4. Sunshine


      Monday morning. And Monday morning after a week and change off. Got some newness coming to Sunshine soon -- for now, though, seven things to start the week.

    5. Charlie Crist campaigns in school bus to boast his education record

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Traveling on a yellow school bus, Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist toured the state last week to tell Floridians that public schools would fare better under his watch than that of Gov. Rick Scott.

      Charlie Crist and running mate Annette Taddeo visit at Al Lopez Park in Tampa on Thursday to stump about education.
    6. PolitiFact Florida checks claims about energy policy and pollution in gubernatorial race


      Campaign ads are really polluting this year's gubernatorial campaign, making plenty of harsh attacks about both Gov. Rick scott and his Democratic challenger, Charlie Crist. PolitiFact Florida has taken on a quartet of claims from the last few days.

    7. Sen. Tom Lee is behind those 'conservative Charlie Crist' robocalls

      State Roundup

      TAMPA — State Sen. Tom Lee hosted a fundraiser for Charlie Crist at his Brandon home in 1998 when Crist ran against Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Graham. When Lee joined Crist in the Florida Senate in 1996, he says, he admired Republican "Chain Gang Charlie's" gift for public relations and public speaking. Crist …

      Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist  arrives at a news conference on a school bus Thursday in Orlando. Crist spoke about funding education in Florida. [Associated Press]
    8. Billionaire environmentalist's group stages rally at Duke Energy's Florida headquarters


      Billionaire Tom Steyer took his message of disenfranchised utility ratepayers to the streets Thursday with the launch of a new grass roots coalition to campaign against Gov. Rick Scott.

      Lawyer Matt Weidner addresses the Floridians for Fair Rates event outside of Duke Energy Headquarters in St. Petersburg. [Ivan Penn  |  Times]

    9. Fender bender holds up Charlie Crist bus tour (w/video)


      The yellow school bus carrying Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist was about to leave Orlando on Thursday — and then it got clipped by a gray Dodge.

      Nobody was injured.

      Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist and his running mate, Annette Taddeo, comfort Tina Pun after she clipped their campaign bus in Orlando on Thursday.
    10. Voice on anti-Charlie Crist robocall is 2006's Charlie Crist

      State Roundup

      Democrats across Florida heard a mysterious recorded call over the weekend that seemed aimed at attacking likely Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist.