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Mel Ponder
Mel Ponder 2017.jpg
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 4th district
Assumed office
November 8, 2016
Preceded byMatt Gaetz
Mayor of Destin, Florida
In office
Preceded bySam Seevers[1]
Succeeded byScott Fischer[2]
Personal details
Born (1968-05-28) May 28, 1968 (age 52)
Political partyRepublican
Alma materFlorida State University

Mel Ponder is an American politician who is a Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 4th district, which includes part of Okaloosa County.

Ponder previously served as the mayor of Destin, Florida from 2014 to 2016.[3][4] On August 30, 2016, Ponder won a close and contentious five-way primary to become the Republican nominee to represent District 4 in the Florida House of Representatives.[5] Ponder was elected unopposed in the November general election.[6] He succeeded state representative Matt Gaetz, who was elected to the Florida 1st District U.S. House seat.[4]


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  3. ^ Derby, Kevin (August 3, 2015). "Destin Mayor MelPonder Runs for Matt Gaetz's Florida House Seat". Sunshine State News. Retrieved December 15, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ a b Judnich, Tony (November 8, 2016). "Republicans win big in state legislature". Northwest Florida Daily News. Retrieved December 23, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ McLaughlin, Tom (August 30, 2016). "Ponder Holds on for House District 4 Seat". Northwest Florida Daily News. Retrieved 9 October 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Florida 4th District State House Results: MelPonder Wins". The New York Times. December 13, 2016. Retrieved December 23, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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