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Representative Faye Culp
As a State Representative, Dr. Culp has served as Chairman of the Joint House & Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Relations, Vice-Chairman of the Conservation and State Lands Committee, member of the Education-into-the-21st-Century Committee, and the Tourism Committee. She was a member of the Board of Town and Country Hospital, a member of the League of Women Voters, Lamplighters (the Metropolitan Ministries Support Organization), Red Cross Angels, and West Coast Archeological Society. She is involved with Cat Lovers, Inc. (cat rescue group), is board member of the Hillsborough 4-H Foundation and also a member of the Florida 4-H Foundation Board. She received the 2007 Gavel of Authority Award from the Florida Association of School Administrators and was named 2007 Legislator of the Year for the Hillsborough Osteopathic Society. She has maintained membership in the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce.

She was a member of the Rotary Club of Tampa Downtown Daybreak and served as Vice-President of the TDD Rotary Foundation Board.

Additional honors include being named a Pacesetter (Top Honor for Southern Women in Public Service) for the years 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007. . She has also been named a Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts and has been named a Woman of Achievement from Mississippi University for Women (highest honor given to an alumna).

She served as a member of the Hillsborough County School Board (1988-92) before being elected to the State Legislature in 1994 for two consecutive terms, then re-elected in 2002. She was appointed as Majority Whip (1996-98) and Chairman of the Joint House and Senate Committee on Information Technology Resources. She served as Chairman of the Information Technology Transition Team for the House for 2004-05 and also served as Chairman of the Juvenile Justice Committee and has served on the Justice Council, the Education Appropriations Committee, the Transportation Committee, and the Economic Development/Trade/Banking Committee.

Dr. Culp is the National Past-President of the National Organization of Women Legislators and she was instrumental in arranging for that organization’s national convention to be held in Florida in 2004, 2007 and 2010. She led a delegation of Women Legislators from ten different states to Bahrain, a country located next to Saudi Arabia. Women in Bahrain gained the right to vote in 2001. In 2006 Culp led a delegation to Taiwan to promote economic opportunities and continued public relations.

Being a PEO (Chapter Q) for many years, she has kept a very close relationship with fellow sisters, has worked tirelessly in the field of education, and has played an active role in Chapter Q’s activities. Dr. Culp has been involved with the foster care program for over ten years and has been “Aunt Faye” to about a dozen children. After the 2004 hurricanes that devastated much of Florida, she enlisted the help of some of her PEO sisters and some of her fellow church members at First United Methodist downtown in donating items for foster care families. She made several trips to Central Florida to carry the supplies to those families.

Dr. Culp completed her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Argosy University in Sarasota. Her Masters is in Art Education from the University of South Florida and her undergraduate degree is in Business Education from Mississippi University for Women. She and her husband will celebrate their 48th wedding anniversary in December of 2014.


- Alternating Chair, Legislative Committee on Intergovernmental Relations
- Vice Chair, Committee on Conservation & State Lands
- Education-into-the 21st Century Committee
- Committee on 21st Century Competitiveness
- Committee on Tourism & Trade
- Environment & Natural Resources Council
- Chair, Juvenile Justice
- Chair, Interim Committee on Information Technology
- Education Appropriations
- Economic Development, Trade & Banking
- Justice Council


Hillsborough School Board Member (1988-92)

— President - Child Abuse Council Auxiliary

— President - United Methodist Women

— President - Plant Senior High PTSA

— President - Tampa Realistic Artists

— President - Suncoast Chapter of Mississippi University for Women
    Alumni Association


— National Migrant Education Council (representing Florida)

— National Foundation of Women Legislators (National Chairman)

— National Order of Women Legislators (National President)

— State 4-H Foundation Board of Directors

— Gov. Chiles’ National Tourism Conference

— Gov. Graham’s Task Force to Prevent Teen Suicides

— Chair - State By-Laws Committee for FL School Boards Association


— 2011 Citizen of The Year - South Tampa Chamber of Commerce

— 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award for 4-H in Florida

— 2007 Florida Association of School Administrators Legislator of the Year

— 2006 Special Political Courage Award - League of Women Voters

— 2004-07 Pacesetter - Southern Women in Public Service

— 2005-06 National Chair - National Foundation of Women Legislators

— 2005 President - National Order of Women Legislators

— 2004 Special Commendation for Service – University of South Florida
            Faculty Senate

— 2004-10 Board of Directors – Town & Country Hospital

— 2004 Legislator of the Year – Community Associations Institute
            Florida Legislative Alliance

— 2003 Hillsborough Healthcare Award - Hillsborough County Board
            of County Commissioners

— 2001 Co-Chair, Rotary District Conference

— 1999 Citizen of the Year – South Tampa Chamber of Commerce

— 1999 Rotary GSE Team Member to Africa

— 1998 Recognition & Appreciation for Extraordinary Support –
            Tampa Port Authority

— 1998 Woman of Achievement – Mississippi University for Women

— 1997 Distinguished Alumna Award – University of South Florida

— 1997 Florida Chamber of Commerce – One of the Top 40 Legislators

— 1997 International Council of Shopping Centers Legislator of the Year

— Associated Industries of Florida 40 Top State Legislators

— Florida School Boards Legislator of the Year

— Woman of Distinction – Tampa Bay Girl Scouts Council

— Technology Task Force for Florida School Boards

— Federal Relations Network Member (National)

— Council of Urban Boards of Education (National)

— Charter Member, Rotary Club Tampa Downtown Daybreak

— League of Women Voters of Hillsborough

— Lamplighters (Metropolitan Ministries Support Organization), Charter member

— Red Cross Angels, Charter member

— West Coast Archeological Society

— Cat Lovers, Inc.

— Operation Helping Hand (VA Hospital), Volunteer

  • Doctorate of Educational Leadership
     – University of Sarasota / Argosy University (2008)
  •  Masters in Art Education
     – University of South Florida (1993)
  •  Bachelor of Science in Business Education
     – Mississippi University for Women (1961)
  • Married to Jim Culp since 1966
  • Two grown sons: Jim, Jr. and David
  • Member of Church of Palma Ceia Methodist Church
  • Artist, photographer, poet
My extensive experience in my personal, professional, and political life speaks for itself.  I believe that a person’s knowledge and experience gained in the past is a testament to, and gives substance to, the actions that are carried out in the present and future.