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Michael Bilirakis (R)
Date Of Birth & Birthplace: 7/16/1930 (Tarpon Springs, FL)
Race: White
Religion: Greek Orthodox
Residence: Palm Harbor, FL
Education: Undergraduate degree in engineering from University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA; Graduate degree in law from University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Occupation: Attorney
Office Type: U.S. House -- Florida District 9 

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Michael Bilirakis was born in Tarpon Springs, Fla., and resides in Palm Harbor, Fla. He received a bachelor's degree in engineering in 1959 from the University of Pittsburgh, studied accounting at George Washington University and received a law degree in 1963 from the University of Florida.

He served in the Air Force, 1951-55, then worked as a steelworker, a petroleum engineer and geophysical engineer. He practiced law in Florida and later became a municipal judge. He also had financial interests in several fast food restaurants.

He was first elected to the U.S. House in 1982.

Bilirakis and his wife, Evelyn, have two children. A son, Gus Michael Bilirakis, was elected in 1998 to the Florida House of Representatives as a Republican from Palm Harbor.

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Michael Bilirakis was elected to the U.S. House in 1982 with 51 percent of the vote, defeating Democrat George H. Sheldon.

Bilirakis defeated Democrat Cheryl Knapp in 1990 with 58 percent of the vote and again in 1992 with 59 percent of the vote. He was unopposed in 1994.

In 1996, he was re-elected with 69 percent of the vote against Democrat Jerry Provenzano. Bilirakis was re-elected without opposition in 1998 and defeated Reform Party candidate Jon Duffey in 2000 with 82 percent of the vote.

He defeated lawyer Chuck Kalogianis in 2002 with 72 percent of the vote.

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