Denise Grimsley

District: 77 -- Republican

Glades, Hendry and parts of Collier, Highlands

Committee Membership for 2010 - 2012 Term

Biographical Information

City of Residence:  Sebring
Occupation:  Registered Nurse/Citrus Grower
Child(ren):  Nicole Keen
Grandchild(ren):  Tyson, Jillian
Education:  Polk Community College, A.S.; Warner Southern College, B.A.; University of Miami, M.B.A.
Born:  September 21, Lakeland, FL
Religious Affiliation:  Baptist
Recreational Interest:  biking, fishing, hunting

Legislative Service

Elected to the House in 2004, reelected subsequently


Florida Cattlemen's Association
Florida Emergency Nurses Association
Florida Hospital Foundation
Highlands County Citrus Growers Association
Highlands County Livestock Advisory Committee
Lake Placid Morning Rotary Club
Leadership Florida
South Florida Community College Foundation, Treasurer 2001-2003


Elder Care Advocacy of Florida, Most Effective Legislator 2012
Florida Cattlemen’s Association, Legislator of the Year 2012
Florida Home Builders Association, Champion of Housing Award 2012
Healthy Start, Recognition for support and dedication to the mothers, children and families in Highlands County 2012
Kiwanis Florida District, Dr. W. J. “Wil” Blechman Children’s Advocacy Award 2012
The Transition House, Inc., Legislator of the Year 2012
American Cancer Society, Legislative Leadership Award 2011
American Conservative Union, “The Defender of Liberty Award” 2011
Americans for Prosperity, “A” Rating 2011
Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged, Legislator of the Year 2011
Florida Hospital Association, Excellence in Public Service Award 2011
Florida Virtual School, Leadership Award 2011
PACE Center for Girls, Legislator of the Year Award 2011
Sunrise Community Courage and Compassion Award 2011
Florida Alcohol & Drug Abuse Association, Legislative Leadership Award 2010
Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Leadership Award 2010
Florida Council on Aging, Advocacy Award 2010
Florida Council for Community Mental Health, Legislator of the Year 2010
Florida Dental Association, Dr. Lewis Earle Legislative Service Award 2010
Florida Partner in Crisis, Polk, Highlands, and Hardee Chapter, Certificate of Leadership 2010
Greater Lake Placid Chamber of Commerce, Special President's Award 2010
Southwest Florida Library Network, Library Champion Award 2010
Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges, Legislator of the Year 2009
Glades County Board of County Commissioners, Outstanding Legislative Service Award 2009
Association Builders & Contractors, Inc., "Friend of Free Enterprise" 2008
Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association, Legislator of the Year 2008
Florida Association of Agricultural Educators, Legislator of the Year 2008
Florida Chamber of Commerce Honor Roll 2007
Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association Legislator of the Year Award 2007
Florida Retail Federation, Republican Legislator of the Year 2007
Commonwealth of Kentucky, Honorary Kentucky Colonel 2006
Federation of Manufactured Home Owners of Florida, Inc., Recognition For Accomplishment and Outstanding Public Service in Creation of the Manufactured Housing and Mobile Home Mitigation and Enhancement Program 2006
Florida Association of Area Agencies on Aging, Certificate of Appreciation 2006
Florida Association of Counties, "County Champion" Award 2006
Florida Chamber of Commerce "A" Honor Roll 2006
Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 601, Certificate of Honorary Membership 2006
Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 601, Proclamation as Purple Heart Sweetheart 2006
Moore Haven High School Scholarship Foundation, Appreciation Award 2006
Peace River Center, Appreciation Award 2006
American Lung Association Political Courage Award 2005
Associated Home Health Industry of Florida Legislative Hero Award 2005
Florida Chamber of Commerce "A" Honor Roll 2005
Florida Citrus Mutual Legislative Appreciation Award 2005
Florida Petroleum Marketers Association, Certificate of Appreciation for Legislative Efforts 2000
Hardee County Chamber of Commerce, Business Person of the Year 1999

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