March 1, 2017
Congressman Vern Buchanan (R-Fl.) is Florida’s senior Republican Member of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee. As such, he has a big say in what direction tax reform will take this year. Unlike many Congressmen, Buchanan has a very singular focus when it comes to tax reform questions: what will policy changes do for small and family-owned businesses back in Florida?
“I spent 30 years building small businesses and creating jobs before I got a member pin up here,” Buchanan told me at a recent, exclusive interview in his Capitol Hill office. “My family still owns and operates small businesses in Florida, and I want to make sure whatever we do on tax reform works for small business owners in my state.”
A Congressman Who Has Signed the Front of a Paycheck
Vern Buchanan/Congressman started out as Vern Buchanan/copy-store owner. Back in 1976, he helped form Speedy Printing. It quickly grew to 750 stores with 3,000 employees. He sold this business and got into auto sales in Ocala, Florida. By the time he ran for Congress, he grew this venture to 25 dealerships and 1,200 employees. During this time he was very active on various chambers of commerce in Florida.