While she might be bowing out of Tallahassee after facing term limits, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi could be heading to the national stage and could be a contender to be President Donald Trump’s replacement for former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
With Trump asking for Sessions’ resignation on Wednesday, CBS News is reporting that Bondi is on the list of possible replacements.
Other names on the list according to CBS include former U.S. Attorney General William Barr who served in the first Bush administration, former Gov. Chris Christie, R-NJ, and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani who is currently part of Trump’s legal team.
The daughter of former Temple Terrace Mayor Joseph Bondi, Bondi served as a prosecutor in the Tampa Bay area before running for state attorney general in 2010, defeating then state Sen. Dan Gelber in the general election. She won a second term in 2014, beating former Department of Children and Families Sec. George Sheldon who served as deputy attorney general under former AG Bob Butterworth.
During her eight years in office, Bondi led the coalition of states challenging then President Barack Obama’s federal healthcare as unconstitutional, getting all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court which upheld the law. Bondi has also focused on cracking down on pill mills during her eight years in Tallahassee.
Bondi backed Trump over U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., in the Florida presidential primary back in 2016 but she has drawn fire for her PAC accepting a contribution from him while she was considering action against Trump University.
Facing term limits this year, Bondi threw her support to former Judge Ashley Moody early on in the Republican primary. Moody was elected as Bondi’s replacement earlier this week.
Kevin Derby can be reached at Kevin.Derby@floridadaily.com.