Undergraduate education: Georgia Institute of Technology
Daniel Webster was born in Charleston, W.Va., and currently lives in Orlando, Fla. He graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering.
His family moved in 1957 to Orlando, where his father started an air conditioning business. Webster returned to Orlando to work in his family's business after graduating from college.
He was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1980.
Webster helped engineer the 1996 Republican takeover of the Florida House and, in the process, became the first Republican state House speaker in more than 100 years. He was elected to the Florida Senate in 1998 and later became its majority leader. He left the Senate in 2008 due to term limits.
He was elected to the U.S. House in 2010.
Webster and his wife, Sandra, have two sons.
Daniel Webster is running for re-election as a U.S. congressman from central Florida. Redistricting has left the Republican freshman's district with a new name and new territory.
Formerly the 8th Congressional District, the new 10th District picks up a chunk of Polk County to the west of metro Orlando. Webster faces Democrat Val Demings, Orlando's former police chief, in the 2012 general election for the 10th District seat.
Webster opposes the 2010 health care reform bill and called the June 2012 Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of the legislation a "devastating blow to future economic growth."
"The regulations, taxes and unaffordable price tags scattered throughout this law make it much more difficult for small businesses to hire new employees and expand their business," he said.
Before running for Congress in 2010, Webster had spent the bulk of his political career in the Florida Legislature.
Webster was motivated, in part, to run for the Florida House in 1980 after he encountered problems getting a zoning request passed for his church. As a Republican in the Democratic-controlled House, he and other GOP legislators had very little influence during his first few years in office. However, he became an expert on legislative rules.
In 1996, Webster helped engineer a GOP takeover of the Florida House and he became Florida's first Republican House speaker in more than a century. Webster advocated smaller government and tax cuts as leader of the House.
He was elected to the Florida Senate in 1998 and eventually became majority leader of the chamber. In the Senate, he was best known nationally for having unsuccessfully pushed legislation in 2005 that would have kept alive Terri Schiavo, the brain-damaged Florida woman who was at the center of a court battle to disconnect her feeding tube and let her die.
He retired from the Florida Senate in 2008 because of term limits.
In 2010, he ran successfully against incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, who had gained national fame for saying the GOP health care plan was to hope people die. He won 56 percent of the vote to Grayson's 38 percent.
Committee Assignments: Rules
American Conservative Union Rating: 83
Americans for Democratic Action Rating: 10
Recent winning percentages for office currently held: 56% (2010).
(Last updated by Mike Schneider on August 21, 2012.)