Congressman Tom Rooney was re-elected to his fourth term representing Florida in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday.
Rooney earned 140,917 votes, or 63.3 percent across the 17th district, which encompasses East Manatee, parts of Hillsborough, Polk and Lee counties and all of Hardee, Desoto, Charlotte, Highlands and Glades counties.
"With the low approval rating of Congress, it's really nice to get that validation from my district," Rooney said. "Depending on how things go with the Senate tonight, maybe we can actually start passing budgets that are agreeable to both sides."
Democratic challenger Will Bronson, who switched from the Republican Party in 2004, received 81,801 votes, or 36.7 percent, across the district, according to the Florida Division of Elections.
Rooney, 43, is the deputy whip for the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives and serves on the Appropriations Committee and the Intelligence Committee.
Rooney currently lives in Okeechobee and grew up in South Florida. He served as a special assistant attorney for the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps and worked as a state prosecutor, among other jobs, before running for Congress the first time in 2008.