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. Scott agrees to just three October debates


      Gov. Rick Scott's campaign announced today that he has agreed to appear in three debates against the Democratic nominee, either former Gov. Charlie Crist or Nan Rich. The debates are all within four weeks of the Nov. 4 general election:

      • Oct. 10, sponsored by Telemundo

    2. Crist touts 'fairness plan' in St. Petersburg campaign event

      State Roundup

      ST. PETERSBURG — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist knows the very first things he will do if he beats Gov. Rick Scott in November.

    3. Gov. Rick Scott agrees to 3 debates, but not Times'


      Gov. Rick Scott's campaign announced today that he agreed to appear in three debates against the Democratic nominee, either former Gov. Charlie Crist

    4. 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.

    5. 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.

    6. 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.

    7. 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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    9. 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