1957 – She was born on the 5th day of April this year in Key West, Florida, USA. She grew up in a wealthy household in southern Florida, where her father was a very prominent banker and her grandfather a powerful landowner.
1994 – She was elected to the Florida state Senate.
1998 – She ran for Secretary of State. She wasn't expected to win, as her primary opponent was the incumbent, but won an easy victory in the primary and then a competitive general election.
2000 – Early this year, she had interest in running for the United States Senate, but was persuaded that she hadn't held her current office long enough.
2002 – With her office being abolished by a 1998 voter referendum, she ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in a district that includes her home town of Sarasota.
2004 – She again considered running for the U.S. Senate, but Republican activists persuaded her not to run.
2006 – She announced that she would definitely run for the United States Senate. Polls show her trailing badly in the general election, but she refused to withdraw from the race.
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