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BP's Lamar McKay testifies on the BP oil rig accident in Washington
Lamar McKay (L), President and Chairman at BP America Inc., listens as Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Sen. George lemieux (R-FL) and Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) testify on the environmental impact of BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig accident during a Senate Enviroment and Publics Works Committee hearing, in Washington on May 11, 2010. UPI/Kevin Dietsch
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George Stephen LeMieux (pronounced /ləˈmjuː/; born May 21, 1969) is a former United States Senator from Florida. He was Chairman of the Florida-based law firm of Gunster Yoakley & Stewart, P.A. and served as Chief of Staff to Governor Charlie Crist, was former Deputy Florida Attorney General, and is credited with spearheading Crist's successful campaign for Governor. On August 28, 2009, Governor Crist announced that he would appoint LeMieux as senator, to replace Senator Mel Martinez, who weeks earlier announced he would resign as soon as Crist announced his successor. On April 5, LeMieux formally announed that he will run against incumbent Senator Bill Nelson.

LeMieux was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida to George and Karen LeMieux, a building contractor and secretary to the company. He grew up in Coral Springs, Florida, and graduated in 1987 from Coral Springs High School. He enrolled at Emory University, where he majored in political science and graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa in 1991. He was Senior Orator that year. He went on to earn his J.D. cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in 1994. He interned for Congressman E. Clay Shaw, Jr. and U.S. Senator Connie Mack III. In 1994, he joined the law firm of Gunster Yoakley & Stewart P.A. in its Fort Lauderdale office. LeMieux is an AV-rated attorney, and is board certified in business litigation. He continued his practice there for eight years, at which time he left to work in Tallahassee with the Republican Party.

LeMieux worked closely with Charlie Crist and is credited with being the “maestro” of Crist's campaign for Governor. His friendship with Crist began in the 1990s when Crist was a state senator from St. Petersburg and LeMieux was working to expand the role of the Republican Party in Broward County, which is strongly Democratic.

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