Daniel Alan Webster (born April 27, 1949) is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Florida’s 11th congressional district since 2017. A member of the Republican Party, he first entered Congress in 2011. He previously represented Florida’s 10th congressional district from 2011 to 2017 (numbered as the 8th district during his first term). Prior to his congressional service, he served 28 years in the Florida Legislature.
After receiving his engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology, he worked in the family air conditioning and heating business that he now owns and operates. He has been a resident of Florida since the age of seven and resides in Winter Garden. First elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1980 and Florida Senate in 1998, Webster is the longest-serving legislator in the history of the state. He rose to become Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives (1996–1998) and Florida Senate Majority Leader (2006–2008); he left the legislature after reaching the legal term limits. He ran unopposed in all of his elections for the state legislature except for the first three: 1980, 1982 and 1984.
Webster was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2010. He has since run three times for Speaker of the House: in January 2015, he received 12 votes; in October 2015, he received 9 votes; in 2017, he received 1 vote. In the 115th United States Congress, Webster sat on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the Natural Resources Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee.