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Dennis Ross

Former Congressman Dennis Ross is the director of the American Center for Political Leadership (ACPL) at Southeastern University. In October of 2018, the university announced the launch of the bipartisan center, which houses key research activities, academic programs, courses, workshops, and resources. The ACPL works to prepare the next generation of political leaders and passionate citizens to promote traditional American values and individual freedoms with civility, authenticity, respect and decorum in government and society. 

Ross served as a Florida State Representative from 2008–2018. As a fourth-term U.S. Congressman, he served as a Senior Deputy Majority Whip and on the Committee of Financial Services and on the Committee of Oversight and Government Reform.

Ross received his undergraduate degree from Auburn University and his law degree from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. He worked as an associate for Holland & Knight before serving as in-house counsel for Walt Disney World. He then opened his own law practice.

Ross was born in Lakeland, Florida, where he met his wife, Cindy, in high school. The couple has two children and are highly involved in the Lakeland community.