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AMBER MARIANO

(Central Florida)

The State Representative

"Don't take no for an answer."

Where did you grow up?

Hudson, Florida – my district.

Who is your role model?

Marco Rubio.

Where do you live now?

Hudson, Florida.

What is your theme song?

High Hopes by Panic! At the Disco.

Amber is the youngest state representative in the Florida House of Representatives. She began her campaign when she was 20, still in school and an active member of her Gamma Phi Beta chapter. In 2018, she ran for reelection and won. She said it was easier because she and her team knew what worked before – and what didn’t. Amber loves public service because it gives her the opportunity to bring a unique perspective to the legislature about the tools her generation needs to succeed. She has wanted to be president since she was six and doesn’t plan on changing that dream any time soon!

Extended Interview 

Why do you love what you do?

I love what I do because every day I get to solve problems and help change my community for the better.

How did you discover your passion for your job?

Ever since I was six, I said I wanted to be president, and I have never stopped following that dream! I have watched my dad since I was nine help people as a county commissioner and I knew that I wanted to use my talents to make my community a better place.

How do you define success?

Being happy, having love and helping people.

What motivates you?

The opportunity to change things for the better and any type of competition.

What does it mean to you to be the youngest person ever elected to the Florida House?

I get to bring a totally unique perspective to the legislature about what tools our generation needs to succeed.

Have you had more challenges to face because of your age or felt you needed to prove yourself?

Absolutely, every day is a challenge, but when I get things done it is that much more rewarding.

How did you go about earning peoples’ respect when you first were elected and through your campaign?

I was myself. At the end of the day, the people of my district wanted new ideas, and I brought them to the table.

This or That

Early Bird or Night Owl

Facebook or Instagram

Podcasts or Audiobooks

Left Brain or Right Brain 

Hours a Week

60+

You are currently running for re-election correct? What has that process been like?

It has been a lot of fun. We have an amazing team – we go door to door and have hit over 30,000 doors in my District!

Is it easier to campaign now that you’ve done it before?

Yes it is because we know what worked from before and are much more organized!

Why do you want to continue to serve the House of Representatives?

I have been able to accomplish so much in the past two years, but two years really is a short time and I would like to be able to finish what I started with another term!

What’s the greatest lesson you’ve learned during your time in the Florida House?

That everyone loves to tell you no. To get something done up there you have to annoy people until they say yes.

In politics you can’t make everyone happy. What’s your strategy for staying positive when people might not be saying the nicest or most supportive things to you?

You just have to let it roll off your back. People (especially behind a keyboard) can be very cruel, but I always remember that for every person who complains there are two who think you are doing great!

What advice do you have for women who want to be involved in the government?

Don’t be afraid to run! Don’t take no for an answer.

Is there anything else you’d like our readers to know?

I was an active Gamma Phi when I was elected. Running for office while still in school was hard work, but I am so grateful for the support of my sisters to get me over the finish line!

"I love what I do because every day I get to solve problems and help change my community for the better."