FORECAST 2018: Bobby Olszewski

Since elected as the House Representative for District 44, Bobby Olszewski has filed five bills, three appropriations and plans to run for re-election in 2018.

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Florida State Rep. Bobby Olszewski balances time in Tallahassee with time at home with daughter, Reagan, and wife, Allison.
Florida State Rep. Bobby Olszewski balances time in Tallahassee with time at home with daughter, Reagan, and wife, Allison.
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Stepping onto the House floor for the first time, a sense of pride and gratitude filled Bobby Olszewski, the

recently elected District 44 State Representative. It was a moment that had been months in the making.

After serving two terms as the District 3 Winter Garden commissioner, Olszewski ran for the District 1 Orange County Commission seat in 2016. It was only after he lost the race that he set his sights on Tallahassee.

“I believe everything happens for a reason, and although we all have moments where we know we could have done better, I would not change a thing,” Olszewski said of the path that took him to Tallahassee. 

After winning the special election Oct. 10 and replacing Eric Eisnaugle, who resigned in 2017, Olszewski wasted no time in getting to work. By Oct. 11, he was in Tallahassee working on policies and legislation.

“It has been an exciting few months being up in our state capitol participating in committee meetings and drafting legislation to prepare for the upcoming session starting in January,” Olszewski said. “I have enjoyed meeting and working with all of my colleagues, as well as House leadership, to make a positive impact in both District 44 and throughout our state.”

According to Olszewski, it was his time spent serving on the Winter Garden City Commission that helped prepare him for his new role.

“I was blessed to have been elected to two terms as a Winter Garden commissioner, where I was already tested as a public servant,” he said. “I worked with my constituents to ensure all voices were heard, and I am doing the same thing as a state representative, except now on a larger scale. It is truly important to me that I represent all of the people I serve, which is why I have always tried to make myself accessible to all of my constituents. These experiences allow me to represent our community up in Tallahassee with passion each and every day.”

Over the last two-and-one-half months, Olszewski has been hard at work and already has filed five bills and three appropriations.

“To be a great public servant in the Florida House of Representatives, you have to work hard for your constituents, prove yourself to colleagues and form great working relationships to get things done for your community,” he said. “Serving in the Legislature is truly a team sport, and I want to be a valued colleague and an influential lawmaker for my constituents. It is refreshing to work with many talented individuals from around our state with the goal of making our quality of life in Florida even better for generations to come.”

There are several causes in particular that Olszewski holds close to his heart: removing government regulations, helping small businesses succeed, animal welfare and education.

“As the son of a retired public school teacher and the husband of a current OCPS teacher, I’ve been raised to understand the importance of an education and how knowledge can open doors for your life,” he said. “I believe we need to empower parents to make the best educational choices for their children, making sure they have the right resources invested to fulfill their children’s unique educational goals and circumstances.”

Since winning the special election, life for Olszewski has been become a balancing act between serving in Tallahassee and supporting his family at home, but he largely credits his wife with keeping his busy schedule balanced.

“My wife, Allison, is the CEO of our household, so she deserves all the credit for helping me balance my time to ensure I am not neglecting any area during this exciting journey,” he said. “There have been a lot of wonderful curve balls thrown at us in our life lately, and we work together as a team to ensure I do not over-serve one need only to miss out on another important one.”

And one of Olszewski’s top priorities is being a father to his 1-year-old daughter, Reagan.

“Waking up every day knowing Allison and I are responsible for the health, well-being and care of our child is an overwhelming honor and responsibility,” Olszewski said. “There is no greater gift than being Reagan’s dad, as she is an endless source of pure joy and love. Her smile lights up a room, and it is so fun to watch her learn something new every day.”

Although his term only lasts until November 2018, Olszewski already has filed for re-election.

“I … would be honored to continue to represent District 44,” he said. “My current focus is the legislative session and getting as much done as possible for our community, but expect me to be knocking at your door again very soon asking you once again to Vote Bobby O in 2018.”

Until then, he plans to continue collaborating with his fellow legislators to ensure the upcoming session helps District 44 thrive.

“We need to instill sound public policy that allows our community to meet its challenges head on and continue to grow in a way that meets the many needs of our residents, businesses and communities,” Olszewski said. “I will be our community’s advocate in Tallahassee, because I will work collaboratively with all of our state legislative leaders on both sides of the aisle to protect what makes our community and state so great. District 44 can be assured we have a legislative representative who knows this community forward and backward and is advocating exclusively for our community’s success.”


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