Skip Bafalis in 1968
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida's 10th district|
January 3, 1973 - January 3, 1983
|J. Herbert Burke|
|State Senator from Palm Beach, Florida|
|State Representative from Palm Beach, Florida|
Louis Arthur Bafalis
September 28, 1929
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
GOP gubernatorial nominee, 1982
|Spouse(s)||Charlotte Maria Bafalis|
|Children||Renee Louise Bafalis ___|
Gregory Louis Bafalis
|Residence||Palm Beach, Florida|
|Alma mater||Manchester Central High School|
St. Anselm College
|Branch/service||United States Army|
Louis Arthur "Skip" Bafalis (born September 28, 1929) is a retired American politician who served as a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Florida's 10th congressional district.
Bafalis was born in Boston, Massachusetts, his father was an immigrant from Greece and his maternal grandparents came from Sweden. He graduated in 1948 from Manchester Central High School in Manchester, New Hampshire, then attended until 1952 Saint Anselm College in neighboring Goffstown, New Hampshire. He was in the United States Army from 1953 to 1956, having reached the rank of captain. After military service, he moved to Florida in 1955 to work as an investment banker.
Bafalis was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1964 and then to the Florida Senate in 1966 and 1968. In 1970, he was an unsuccessful candidate for governor, having lost his party's nomination to Claude R. Kirk, Jr., the controversial incumbent. Also eliminated in the Republican gubernatorial primary was Jack Eckerd of Clearwater. Kirk was subsequently unseated by the Democrat Reubin Askew of Pensacola. In that same election, U.S. Representative William C. Cramer of St. Petersburg lost the U.S. Senate race to Democrat Lawton Chiles of Lakeland. The intraparty divisions stemming from the defeats of both Kirk and Cramer set back the projected growth of the Florida Republican Party.
In 1972, Bafalis was elected to the ninety-third United States Congress (1973-1975) from a newly created district stretching from the Palm Beaches to Fort Myers. He was also elected to the four succeeding congresses and served from January 3, 1975, to January 3, 1983. During his time in Congress, Bafalis resided in Fort Myers Beach and Palm Beach.
He was not a candidate for re-election to the Ninety-eighth Congress in 1982, but was an unsuccessful gubernatorial nominee, having been defeated by the then incumbent Bob Graham, a Democrat from Miami. According to GovTrack, Bafalis missed 8 percent of the roll call votes during his years of service in Congress, but the percent of missed votes reached 80 percent in the second quarter of 1982 when he was campaigning for governor. After his congressional tenure, he worked as a governmental affairs consultant. He tried to make a comeback in 1988 when he ran in the Republican primary for Florida's 13th congressional district. He lost in the runoff, however, to Lee County Commissioner Porter Goss.
As of 2011, Bafalis resides outside Washington, D.C., in Fairfax, Virginia. He is a partner at the Arlington-based government affairs firm Alcalde & Fay. Bafalis has three children, Renee Louise Bafalis, Gregory Louis Bafalis, and Joshua Evan Bafalis. His wife is Charlotte Maria Bafalis.