Don Gaetz is an American lawyer and politician who served as a Florida senate member for a decade (2006-2016) and Florida’s senate president. He is the father of Matt Gaetz, a renowned congressman that recently fell into the sex trafficking controversy. Don Gaetz has an estimated net worth of around $40 million as of 2021.
|Real Name||Donald Jay Gaetz|
|Date Of Birth||22nd January 1948|
|Birth Place||Rugby, North Dakota, United States|
|Residence||Seaside, Florida, US|
|College||Troy State University|
|Children||Two (Matthew Louis, II; Erin Victoria)|
|Height||5 feet 3 inches 161cm 1.61m|
|Years Active||1978 to date|
|Net Worth||$40 million|
Don Gaetz was born on 22nd January 1948 in Rugby, North Dakota, United States. His father, Jerry, was a renowned state legislator, Rugby mayor, and a North Dakota Lieutenant Governor candidate. Tragically, Don’s father died of a sudden heart attack in 1964 while making appearances at Republican National Convention. Don was sixteen years old during that time and watched his father die live in the event while watching it on the TV.
When it comes to Don’s education, he went to Evangelical Lutheran-affiliated Concordia College and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political and religion science. He later joined Troy State University and acquired a master’s degree in public administration before relocating to Florida in 1978.
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Don Gaetz Career
Don Gaetz attended Concordia College and acquired his master’s degree in public administration from Troy University. In 1978, Don relocated to Jacksonville, Florida, and worked as a hospital administrator at the age of thirty. He managed to lobby state legislators to create hospice programs while still serving his role in the hospital. To be specific, he helped make Florida one of the states in the United States with licensure law that required those in the hospice care unit to have licenses.
In 1982, Don Gaetz became a prominent personality in passing the Federal Hospice Care Reimbursement Act that made hospice care worth being covered by Medicare. Later after one year, Don Gaetz, with other partners, converted VITAS, a nonprofit organization, into a profitable health care organization called Hospice Incorporated and changed the company’s name to VITAS Healthcare.
Currently, VITAS is one of the largest healthcare providers in the United States, with branches in over fourteen states and fifty hospitals and the District of Columbia. VITAS has roughly employed 12,000 healthcare providers, including doctors, home health aides, nurses, and social workers, and serves over 20,000 patients daily nationwide.
In 2004, Chemed, Roto Rooter’s parent company, acquired VITAS for $400 million. Currently, Chemed is one of the publicly-traded firms with annual revenue of $2 billion and a $7.5 billion market, with its main primary division being VITAS Healthcare and Roto-Rooter. According to sources, Don Gaetz made the financial disclosures as a state senator, and the sale to Roto-Rooter left him with $25 million net worth.
In 1994, Don was elected to the board of Okaloosa County School, and in 1998, he was re-elected. From 2000 to 2008, Don served as the County Superintendent. He then served as the 1st district Florida Senate member from 2006 November to 2016 November.
In 2012, Don was drawn from the 1st District following the state legislative districts reconfiguration that included more represented territories that dropped extension for inclusion of Holmes County, Washington County, and Jackson County into Pensacola. Don won the uncontested Republican nomination, and during the generation election, he contested against Richard Harrison, an independent candidate. Don campaigned on his hometown efforts to get noticed by new district constituents and attacked his competitor for legislative process misunderstanding. He was re-elected in a 74% winning vote to Harrison’s 26%. From 2012 November to 2014 November, Don Gaetz served as the Florida Senate President.
Don Gaetz Lifestyle
Don Gaetz and his wife Victoria reside and own “The Truman Show” house that was Jim Carrey’s marital home. The couple bought the house in 1991, located in Santa Rosa Beach. The house’s home address was number 36 in the movie, something Don and Victoria have maintained and kept the address number on top of their door and a sign that says “The Truman House” outside the gate.
Don Gaetz Personal Life and Relationship Status
Don Gaetz is married to Victoria Quertermous, commonly known as Vicky Gaetz. His wife has been a pharmacist for more than two decades. The two are blessed with two sons: Erin Victoria and Matthew Louis Gaetz, a famous American lawyer, and politician, commonly known as the congressman, and has represented the 1st Congressional District of Florida in the US Congress since 2017. Don and Victoria have been married for decades, and there is no sign of their separation so far as mutual understanding is one of their virtue.
Don Gaetz Height, Weight, Eyes Color
Physical beauty conveys how celebrities take care of their body and impression. They become famous for their career and set trends through their appearance, attire, height, or even hairstyle, which is no different with Don Gaetz. He has a well-structured body and keeps it fit through regular exercise. He stands 5feet 3 inches or 161 cm in centimeters. Don Gaetz has an average weight and amazing grey eyes.
Don Gaetz Net Worth
As of 2021, Don Gaetz’s estimated net worth is $40 million, and he is the owner of “The Truman show,” house located in Santa Rosa Beach. He bought the house with his wife, Victoria, in 1991. Don has accumulated other forms of wealth, including luxury cars and six other residences worth a fortune. His primary source of income is his career as a renowned American politician.
Don Gaetz also earned handsomely after selling VITAS, but it is unclear how much he earned. In 2006, when he ran for state senate, his estimated net worth was $25 million