Florida State Senator District 20
Republican Candidate 2018

John Houman

Ideas that I will take to Tallahassee



1. Changes to Our Criminal Justice System that treat the Rich and Guilty better than the Poor and Innocent."Bryan Stevenson" DWB . Decriminalizing non-violent crimes. A small minority of our residents are bad people and there is only one place for them. The majority with a criminal history are good people that made bad decisions, and need to be pointed in the right direction. Afterthought: College is cheaper than Prison.

2. Education is the backbone of our society.1 2 & healthcare go hand-in-hand; a healthy happy educated individual is more likely to be a productive member of our society. More emphasis on prevention and less on punishment. A helping hand not a handout!

3. Oversight in government.

4. Streamlining government regulation of business. Moving Florida towards a Benefit Corporations state.

If your company isn't modeled on the Forbes 100 best companies to work for, We don't want you!

If Executive Bonuses, Stock Options and the bottom-line are more important than your customers, We don’t want you!

If you treat your employees as a commodity and not diamonds in the rough, We don’t want you!


5. Social Security and Health Care. Tax cuts are great but distract us from the real problems. Our politicians are not addressing the high cost of insurance, hospitalization and education!

6. Pro-Life without Trampling on woman's rights.

7. Long range planning for algae bloom, beach erosion, natural habitat, Safe Drinking Water, and salt water intrusion..

8. I've laid out several ideas on this website for consumer protection and free-market trade. I'm pro-business and willing to bend over backwards to help Florida business grow; But consumers protection comes first.

9. I believe in human rights, be it women's rights, gay rights, or civil rights and you should be judged as a person not on your race, creed, color or sexual orientation.

10. Change the Florida drinking age to 18 for active service members. If you’re brave enough to serve your country, your man or woman enough to drink in Florida!

Questions and Answers

Question: What is the difference between you and other politicians?
Answer: My original response was a good lawyer.I have to apologize, a bad joke meant to be humorous. After meeting the candidates during the 2016 & 2018 elections, I am proud to say how civic minded and role model they are.

My greatest strength is not being Affluent. I understand the problems of the average Floridian and a problem solver. Our affluent politicians are out of touch.

1. Finding out that your insurance won’t cover your wife’s hospital bills because of pre-existing conditions.
2. Using your unemployment check to pay the rent.
3. Using food stamps to feed your family.


Questions: What do you think the key to Florida's future success is?
Answer: Education and Healthcare starts at birth, Infrastructure, and government oversight.

Questions: What are your ideas on our Criminal Justice System?
Answer 1: Florida's has an outstanding Law Enforcement Community and we need to provide them with the money, tools and Education they deserve.
Answer 2: A small minority of our residents are bad people and there is only one place for them. The majority with a criminal history are good people that made bad decisions, and need to be pointed in the right direction. Afterthought: College is cheaper than Prison.
Answer 3: Gray areas: Laws that don't take into account extenuating circumstances.
Answer 4: Setup centralized State Criminal and Rape Kit DNA testing center's to expedite cases loads in conjunction with State University teaching Criminal Justice.

Questions: Are you afraid of big business and big money?
Answer: No, Houman v Lewis
United States Federal Court
Southern District of Florida
Case # 09-82271-Civ-Marra/Johnson

Houman v

Bank of America
JPMorgan Chase & Company
Citibank Corporation
Wells Fargo & Company
Wachovia Bank
Bank Atlantic Bancorp.

Questions: What is the role of government in everyday life.
Answer: Everyone has the same goal. A Health-Happy fruitful life. Most people know how to get there. It is government responsible to provide the tool to point the others in the right direction.

Questions: Budget Cut Education
Answer: I remember hearing my Father say: That educated people get better higher-paying jobs and therefore pay higher taxes. Sometimes he could be outspoken. Those people must have their head up their ass when you take money away from something that produces you more money.
Education grants for apprenticeship program initiative in manufacturing, Healthcare services, IT, and agriculture with interaction between employers, local colleges and state officials.

Questions: At Your age, Were you around for the civil rights of the 60s.
Answer: I'm from Wisconsin, I was very naive and didn't understand the concept of civil rights. Everyone being of German, Swedish, Norwegian and Irish ancestry, but I do remember thinking it was wrong the way things were happening in the southern states. It wasn't until the 70s, I realized that Uncle Tom and Jim Crow weren't somebody's uncle.

Questions: Have you broken any other laws?
Answer: Maybe? A good friend had passed away. We got a phone call, his widow said that his brother and sister which they hadn't seen in 20 years was coming down and selling the home because it was not in her name and had never been married. She'd been supporting him for the last 10 years due to illness, would have been out on the street almost penniless. I got together with friends at the title company, Somebody forged a quitclaim deed, notarized and filed. That was the last she heard from the brother and sister.

Questions: When you go to Tallahassee, do you have any ideas or law that you will take with you?

Answer 1: Impact Fee: Annual 2% assessed value of any Person or group that owns 10 or more single-family homes that are not permanent residents of Florida. These groups are siphoning off money from Florida that would normally be circulated within the state.
Answer 2: Any bill would have to pass the smell test. Who would benefit, the public, private business or Hopefully Both!
Answer 3: My son has a Pit Bull that love's you with kisses. You have to teach dogs to be mean. The law would require the owner to pass an IQ test to show that they are smarter then the Dog. Buyer photo on all online ticket sales.
Answer 4: In lending and Real Estate, there are truth in lending and disclosure laws. There should be similar law in the medical Field.
Answer 4: Fiduciary for Financial Advisors.

A. Truth in billing. All medical billing agencies should provide an APR included in the bill. The APR is the percentage after the insurance company has been discounted. The 20% would jump to 30%, 40% or 50%.

B. Disclosure: All Health Care provider should disclose to patients if they're getting a kickback or "Promotional Payments," an estimated $24 billion marketing to doctors from the drug companies and how people in the financial industry derive commissions or compensation ("in house" v others). Why not call this the "Houman's Disclosure?" A graduated transaction tax. Doctors that sell drugs to patients to pay a graduated profit tax earned on each sale of a drug to a patient.

Answer 4: All state agencies to negotiate prices with drug manufacturers at rates comparable to what CVS, Walgreen or Walmart  pays drug manufacturers. I don't know State or federal Laws, but I would write the statue to supersede Federal. I hate seeing Florida being ripped off! Drug Company should be regulated the same as utilities. Precedent: Hepburn Act of 1906. Did you know Medicare is prohibited from negotiating prices directly with drug companies. Reciprocity laws for Doctor, making it simpler. Florida needs doctors.
Answer 5: Change Florida Corporate law where 25% of Shareholder can vote to have pay packages changed, moving towards Benefit Corporations (Gold Handcuffs not Golden Parachute) and laws allowing cities to set up their own independent wireless network. Florida has the toughest Real Estate Fiduciary laws, We need to extend Fiduciary laws to all investment and retirement advisor!
Answer 6: Flipper Tax. I've Seen it before during the housing bubble and I'm starting to see it again. In a normal market people buy low and sell high. Speculators are buying high and selling higher with minimal investment, driving home prices artificially higher. The tax would-be proportional to capital gains minus capital investment. In other words the more time & money an investor put's in restoring a home the lower the Tax. When looking at Corporation striping and stock trading where there is No Social Value only the generation of profit, Keynes' concept of a transaction tax where the tax is inversely proportional to the time of the transaction along the lines of the Tobin tax.

Questions: Cuba
Answer: I fell in love in the early 50's before Castro and plan on buying a Ocean Front Home there someday.

Questions: Religious Beliefs
Answer: God, Country, Family!

Questions: Gun Control
Answer: What do you think? E-Mail Me


"Embrace a morality and politics based on respect for free minds, free spirits, and free individuals" Einstein

"Believe in human rights, be it women's rights, gay rights, or civil rights and you should be judged as a person not on your race, creed, color or sexual orientation."John Houman

Manner's (Respect) are how we treat people around us.
For 99% of us manner's means no farting or picking your nose. Manner's are the way we interact with other. The way we communicate with the people around us about our feeling or interpersonal relationship's

As you read each Idea, you can see my personal beliefs and personality. Think how it affects you and the way you should interact with other's. Our everyday needs are the physical requirements for our survival. According to "Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs", the three basic are food, shelter and sex. If you pre-plan your responses (Manner's) you'll find more control in your everyday life.

Add these words to your vocabulary: "Please, Thank You, You Are Welcome "and to address others respectfully as Sir or Ma'am.

Houman's Ideas of Conduct

Ideas to Improve your mental health: Ideas of conduct passed down to me from my Great-Grandparents, Grandparents, my parents and personal insight which I want to pass on to the younger generations. Trying to answer your Life questions if I were your grandfather or great-grandfather. AKA Ideas of Leadership.

You can call me "Grandpa John" if you like
Grandpa John's Code of Conduct.
Declaration of Principles.

It took a while to put my finger on it, what group of people would best benefit from my ideas? While doing a Senatorial debate at St Petersburg College, Seminole Campus. One of the mediators was Kimberly Jackson Esq. A professor that teaches Student Life Skills 1101 The College Experience. I realized the best fit for Mr. Manners would be a freshman entering college or trade school. Ask your professor about using Mr. Manners in a discussion group.


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I went to the doctor. He told me he had good news and bad news. The bad news is that I'm going to die. The good news is not today. Health Warning. The biggest hazard to your health is Stupidity. I also have another website called pre-electrician-apprenticeship.com. The first lesson is the most important: Safety. Being an Electrician is a dangerous trade if you mix it with stupidity. The same is true in life. It's surprising how many old people have disabilities related to doing something stupid when they were young. I'm not trying to tell you not to do something stupid. What I'm telling you is next time you know you're going to be doing some stupid, take a step back, look around and decide how you can do your stupid thing safely.

2 I have rich friends and am happy for them. One day standing in my friend's garage looking at his Bentley Super Sport, I asked myself what is it he has that I don't? It took me a while but I finally I figured it out.



The key to a good relationship is Yes Dear and a short memory (forget the past). When you fight, My Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother told me: "Don't ever say anything that you can't take back!" Use the words: Your being a butt, Young Lady or Young Man in the place of four letter words or the B & C word. Make rules about fighting.


Stress Management - Don't get upset over the small stuff. Asks yourself if your problems are life threatening. Call 911 for a reality check. (Don't)


If a person makes a mistake and you fire them, odds are the next person will make the same mistake. Don't tell them, they are dumb, you more than likely made the same mistake. We go through life learning from our mistakes


Listen to people, educate them, invest in them, and lead them well, they will follow you anywhere.


Go out of your way to let a person know that they did a good job! If you like something (a product, color, personal looks, or idea) tell that person. No negative thinking


Being prejudices you will never meet some of the nicest people. Don't let other tell you who your friends should be.


Go out of your way to say "Good Morning" to everyone by name!

10 No matter how smart you think you are, even the dumbest person will know something you don't

Never go into your partner's purse, wallet or phone, always ask permission. Trust is the key to any relationship!


Have a dumb idea day, if you don't try, you will never know, don't be afraid to fail. How many times did Thomas Edison try before he perfected the light bulb or WD-40? Play around with a new idea. Do something unconventional. If you never leave your comfort zone, you won't grow. What worked yesterday may not work today.


After doing years of study I like to ask People. I bet the Pope don't know this one. "When is the best time to have children?"

Favorite saying. "I DID NOT KNOW THAT." Never stop learning, collage or trade School: the most important thing is getting in anywhere. Then find the right school. Your grades will improve. "You never learn anything when you're talking."John Whitehead.


Find a purpose not a position. It is amazing how effortless a job is when you enjoy your work.


What type of person are you? Do you ask "Is that enough" or "do you need more?" You need to know what type of person you are and what type of person you want to be.


Telephone: This is a very important skill. Believe it or not. Your ears can see. Every time you answer the phone, pretend that the person on the other end is your best friend that you have not seen in years. Keep your phone out of bed. Tell your boss and friends that you are in a poor cell phone reception area.


You don't always have to be right or get in the last word. You are at a stop sign and you have the right of way. You see a truck that is not going to stop. The question is, Do you want to be dead right?


The art of hand shaking (no wimps allowed) and remembering a person name. First impression is very important.


You have to take the unexpected paths. If you're not courageous, you'll be hanging around the water cooler, talking about the person who did.


Laugh at your friend's jokes, even the dumb one's. "Jokes" Find a partner that makes you laugh. Women say it all the time but the same is true for men. Think in terms of Us and not I.


Sometime there are things you can't change about a person. I'm slow about doing things' and do things that my wife thinks are dumb. After 20 years you would think she would be a little more understanding before she gets mad


It's fun to play with someone you know you can beat at a game but you will never grow until you challenge a person that is better then you. They make you work and think harder.


Talk to a person, not at. Listen to what they say. Their ideas (questions) may be right even if the answers are wrong.


Respect yourself first. If you don't, no one will. The way you look is important. Let people know what you're good at. Treat everyone with respect and dignity


Remember this. The person working under you today may be your boss on another job.


Think positive: Talk positive.


Always keep Smiling. I like looking gruff, then turn, look them in the eye and slowly smiling. It is fun to see them smile back.


People watching: Looking and trying to figure out who are the married people. You would be amazed how much they look alike; the best part is if they have a pet with them.


Today is the tomorrow you were planning to do it, yesterday When I was 10, We planted a tree is my uncle yard. I remember thinking how dumb that was at the time because it would take forever to Grow. Now there is this wonderful tree in his yard. All these years later I think how short sighted I was. Point is if you don't do it now, it will never get done.


Free bucket of poop. Clean it and you have a bucket.


Your attitude is a better predictor of your success than your IQ

WebMaster John Houman

Ideas that I will take to Tallahassee