B.S. in Oceanography, U.S. Naval Academy; Joint Professional Military Education, Air Command & Staff College, United States Air Force; MBA, Business Administration, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; Executive Leadership Development
Program, University of Pennsylvania
KEY HEALTH LINK
Franklin was the CEO and Managing Partner at an insurance company and “is very familiar with employee benefits.”
Lakeland City Commissioner / Mayor Pro Tem, 2018-2020
2020 ELECTION CONTEXT
Franklin ran against Democrat Alan Cohn to succeed Ross Spano in representing Florida’s 15 Congressional District.
Ross Spano (R), defeated in primary
MOST RECENT PROFESSION
Lakeland City Commissioner / Mayor Pro Tempore; CEO, Managing Partner, Lanier Upshaw Insurance
Franklin served in the Navy for 14 years. He first served in elected office as a Lakeland City Commissioner and Mayor Pro Tem from 2018 to 2020. Franklin mounted a successful primary challenge against incumbent Republican Ross Spano in 2020.
On The Issues
Franklin recognized the COVID-19 threat but indicated government action should seriously consider how it affects businesses and jobs, saying, "...[At] the same time it’s a matter of protecting lives and livelihoods because if we destroy people’s livelihoods, that has an impact on overall health as well.” He voted against a mask mandate in Lakeland when he was a councilman and said it was a personal responsibility.
Franklin supports a repeal of the ACA while maintaining coverage for pre-existing conditions.
MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION
VETERANS HEALTH CARE
Franklin is pro-life.
OTHER HEALTH CARE ISSUES
Franklin is a pro-market health care reformer who has experience working in employer benefits. He has stated, "I've worked in that a lot with employee benefits, and I know how hard it is, both as a business owner and as someone trying to help businesses get insurance for their employees, the challenges that we face. But I just don't think a government takeover of the program is the way we need to go. I think we need more free-market solutions.” He supports small business insurance pools.
DID YOU KNOW?
Franklin has summited the highest peaks on three continents. He also continues to fly planes in his free time.