Kayser Enneking, State Senate
This Gainsville doctor can help Democrats flip control of State Senate
Democrats need to pick up five seats in the State Senate in order to capture majority control of the upper chamber, but Republicans can gain a two-thirds supermajority with the addition of just three seats.
Enneking is a practicing physician at UF Health in Gainsville and a Professor of Anesthesiology and Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation. In 2004 she was awarded the Haven M. Perkins Award for Career Contributions to Education of Anesthesia Residents. Enneking holds an undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology from Vanderbilt University and an M.D. from the University of Florida.
Enneking is running against incumbent Sen. Keith Perry, who was first elected to SD-8 in 2016.
Senate District 8 is located in northern Florida. All 40 state Senate seats in Florida were up for election in 2016 following a court-ordered redrawing of the legislative boundaries; the League of Women Voters of Florida successfully challenged the initial district maps by arguing that they had been unfairly gerrymandered in favor of Republicans. Florida is one of 26 states with a Republican trifecta in state government (control of both chambers of the state legislature and the Governor's office), which it has held since 1998.