|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Florida's 24th district
January 3, 2011 - January 3, 2013
|John Mica (Redistricting)|
|Member of the Florida House of Representatives|
from the 33rd district
November 5, 2002 - November 2, 2010
|Born||December 14, 1956|
Wyandotte, Michigan, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||John H. Adams, Sr.|
|Alma mater||Columbia College (B.A.)|
|Branch/service||United States Air Force|
|Years of service||1974-1975|
Sandra Adams (born December 14, 1956) was the U.S. Representative for Florida's 24th congressional district. She is a member of the Republican Party. She is a former law enforcement professional who represented District 33 in the Florida House of Representatives. On August 14, 2012, she was defeated in her bid for a second term in the Republican primary election by fellow Congressman John Mica after being redistricted to the 7th district.
Adams was born in Wyandotte, Michigan in 1956, moving to Florida in 1964. She served in the United States Air Force. In 1985 she became an investigator for the Orange County Sheriff's Office. Over the next couple of years Adams served as Chair of the Orange County Legislative Delegation and is currently the Chair of the Seminole County Legislative Delegation once more. In 2000, she graduated from Columbia College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice Administration.
Adams was first elected to the Florida House in 2002. Within her first two years she served as Chair of the Seminole County Legislative Delegation. Adams was the Chair of the Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations Committee, Vice-Chair of the Criminal/Civil Justice Policy Council, Vice-Chair of the Public Safety/Domestic Security Policy Committee, and Vice-Chair of the Select Committee on Seminole Indian Compact Review. She served on two councils: the Full Appropriations Council on General Government and Health Care and the Rules and Calendar Council.
Adams challenged Democratic incumbent Suzanne Kosmas for Florida's 24th congressional district. She filed papers to run in 2009. She defeated Karen Diebel, Tom Garcia, Deon Long and Craig S. Miller in the Republican primary. She was supported by former Alaska Governor and 2008 vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin. On Election Day, Adams defeated Kosmas, 60%-40%.
After redistricting, Adams ran in the newly redrawn Florida's 7th congressional district against fellow U.S. Congressman John Mica in the Republican primary. Her previous district represented 51% of the new district, while Mica's previous district represented 42% of the new district. On August 14, 2012, Mica defeated Adams 60%-40%.
Adams announced her candidacy for the 2016 Republican primary in Florida's 6th congressional district, but she withdrew from the race in January 2016 due to health issues.
Adams and her husband reside in New Smyrna Beach; the couple has three children.
| Member of the Florida House of Representatives from the 33rd district
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 24th congressional district