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. Poll: Most Floridians are concerned about climate change

      State Roundup

      Nearly eight in 10 likely Florida voters want limits on carbon pollution from power plants and up to 71 percent say they're concerned about climate change, according to a new poll conducted for an environmental group during the hotly contested governor's race.

    2. Climate wars continue as Crist meets with FSU scientist


      Democrat Charlie Crist said he's already a "believer" in climate change but said he listened to a scientific presentation Friday partly to highlight the differences between him and Gov. Rick Scott.

    3. PolitiFact Florida: What Crist omits from attack ad on Scott about Bright Futures


      Former Gov. Charlie Crist continued his attacks on Gov. Rick Scott's education funding record in a TV ad set at St. Petersburg High School, Crist's alma mater.

    4. Back-and-forth slugfest between Rick Scott and Charlie Crist intensifies

      State Roundup

      In Florida's bareknuckle governor's race, it's as if the 2010 campaign season never ended.

      Rick Scott, who refused to release the deposition in 2010 because it was a "private matter," said he won't change his mind. [JIM DAMASKE | Times]
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    6. New poll: Libertarian Adrian Wyllie helps Gov. Rick Scott catch Charlie Crist

      State Roundup

      Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist are essentially tied 37-39 percent in Florida's hotly contested governor's race, partly because a little-known Libertarian candidate is sapping support from the Democratic challenger, a new poll indicates.

      Little-polled until now, Adrian Wyllie's name appears to be an emerging and significant factor in the race. LARA CERRI |Times
    7. Charlie Crist's bid for governor will get big cash infusion from state matching program

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Democrat Charlie Crist says he can't raise nearly as much money as Republican Gov. Rick Scott, but he can close the gap thanks to a big subsidy from Florida taxpayers.

      Charlie Crist’s campaign expects its first matching check to arrive Aug. 1 and be in the range of $1 million.
    8. Scott fundraiser instant comedy classic on HBO's John Oliver


      And, as Sunday night’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” proved, the comedy gods show no mercy.

    9. PolitiFact Florida: Charlie Crist touts per-pupil spending vs. Rick Scott

      State Roundup

      Charlie Crist has gone on the offensive against Gov. Rick Scott, launching a TV ad campaign and pulling no punches in interviews.

    10. A closer look at Annette Taddeo, Charlie Crist's running mate

      State Roundup

      The Miami-Dade County Republican Party leader quickly summed up the opposition's greatest strength.

      "At a time when Tallahassee needs outside blood and an outside perspective, she brings a unique approach you can only get from being a businesswoman and a working mom," an adviser to Charlie Crist says of Annette Taddeo.  "I think she'll be a very refreshing voice in Tallahassee."