Legislator Profile

Former Florida Representative Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda (I)
The information below was accurate during the legislator's active term.
Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda
District Address:
1001 The Capitol
402 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
(850) 717-5009

Capitol Address:
1001 The Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
(850) 717-5009
political profile
  • House District:9
  • First Elected:2008
  • Terms Out:2016
  • Party:Independent
  • Delegations:Leon
  • District Information:view district 9 map
  • Legislative Service:Elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2008, reelected subsequently
  • Born:July 9, 1960, Rochester, NY
  • Moved to Florida:1977
  • Religious Affiliation:Catholic
  • Education:New College, 1977-1982;
    University of South Florida, B.A., Social and Behavioral Sciences, 1982;
    University of Florida, College of Law, J.D., 1983-1985, International Law Club
  • Occupation:Attorney/College Professor
  • Spouse:Michael Vasilinda, of Lansing, Michigan
  • Children:Anna Laura Rehwinkel, Catherine Rehwinkel
  • Affiliations:Big Bend Anti-Bullying Task Force
    Capital City Tiger Bay
    Children's Campaign, 2004-present
    Community College Caucus
    Early Childhood Caucus
    Florida Film, Entertainment and Television Caucus
    North Florida Legal Services, Capital Campaign
    United Way of the Big Bend
    Tallahassee Women Lawyers, former board member
    Gentiva Corporation, Advisory Board, 1994-2008
    American Association of University Women, board member, 2006-2007
    Common Cause, board member, 2004-2007
    The Florida Bar, Paralegal Regulation Study Committee, 2005-2006
    Leon High School Foundation, board member, 2004-2006
    Zonta International, board member, 2006
    Leadership Tallahassee XXIII, 2005
    PACE Center for Girls, board member, 1994-1998
  • Highlights:Children's Campaign "5 Promises Legislative Agenda"
    Clean Energy Congress, co-founder
    Created Paralegal Internship Program
    Created the first community college online paralegal program in Florida
    Department of Regulation, former Assistant General Counsel
    Florida News Channel, "The Florida Room" Weekly Panelist
    Girl Scout Assistant Troop Leader
    Legal Services of North Florida, 30th Anniversary Campaign
    Mike Vasilinda Productions, former Executive Vice President and General Counsel
    Revised teacher's guide for sixth through twelfth grades on local government
    Safe Steps for Florida's Children, spokesperson
    Tallahassee Community College, created Applied Ethics course
    Tallahassee Community College, Principal Professor of Paralegal and Legal Studies Program
    "Tallahassee: Recipe for the Good Life", Executive Producer
    Tallahassee Chamber, Board Nominating Committee, 2006, Co-Chair, Nuts and Bolts, 2006-2007
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