State Representative, District 49
Joe Saunders is serving his first term in the Florida House of Representatives. When he took office in 2012, he became one of the first two openly gay members of the Florida Legislature.
In 2003, while a student at University of Central Florida, Joe organized rallies and press conferences following a gay hate crime. While at UCF, Joe served as Chair of the UCF Progressive Council and President of the UCF LGBT Student Union. For the past seven years, he has worked with Equality Florida, fighting for policies to protect citizens from discrimination. He is also involved with the Orange County Democratic Party.