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Eric was born and raised in Florida and is a third-generation Floridian.  He attended both public and private schools growing up and graduated from Florida Southern College in Lakeland where he majored in Economics and Business Administration.  Eric then went to Vanderbilt University Law School where he met his best friend and wife, Carrie. 

Eric and Carrie quickly became involved in the Orlando community after graduating.  Eric was appointed to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission in 2006 by Governor Jeb Bush.  He also became involved in the Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida in honor of his youngest sister, Megan, who has Down syndrome.  Eric has also been an advocate for abused and neglected children in Orange County’s court system as a Guardian Ad Litem.

Eric was first elected to the Florida House of Representatives on November 4, 2008.  In 2011 and 2012, he served as the Chairman of the Civil Justice Subcommittee and Vice Chairman of the Rules and Calendar Committee.  During his time in the Florida house, Eric focused on the economy, fiscal responsibility, getting tough on crime, accountability and ethics in government, and judicial issues.

During redistricting in 2012, Eric was drawn into the same legislative seat as his friend and fellow Republican. Rather than run against his friend, or move into another district, Eric and his family chose not to run for re-election. Eric now hopes to finish his service to the people of Central Florida in the Florida House.

Eric and Carrie attend Northwest Community Church in Orlando with their two sons Eric III and Ethan.

A PROVEN LEADER

  • Chaired the Florida House Civil Justice Subcommittee
  • Vice Chaired the Florida House Rules and Calendar Committee
  • Championed new levels of government accountability and state auditor empowered to hunt down fraud and waste
  • Championed bills to increase transparency and ethics in state and local government
  • Fought for balanced budgets and reduced government spending
  • Ninth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission, former Commissioner
  • Chaired the Orange County Tax Collector's Office Feasibility Task Force
  • Hosted a Central Florida Small Business Summit focused on job creation

COMMITTED TO COMMUNITY (PAST AND PRESENT)

  • West Orange Chamber of Commerce, Member
  • Guardian Ad Litem (court advocate for abused and neglected children)
  • Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida, Board of Directors
  • Central Florida Council Boy Scouts of America, Advisory Committee

FAITH AND FAMILY

  • Born and Raised in Florida as the Oldest of Five Children
  • Married to Carrie Eisnaugle
  • Father to Eric III and Ethan
  • Active Member of Northwest Community Church