"Charles Joseph" ""Charlie"" "Crist, Jr." is an American attorney and politician who served as the List of Governors of Florida/44th Governor of Florida from 2007 to 2011.
Crist began his political career as a Republican Party (United States)/Republican, serving in the Florida Senate from 1993 to 1999, running unsuccessfully for the United States Senate/U.S. Senate in United States Senate election in Florida, 1998/1998 when he challenged incumbent Bob Graham and then serving as Florida Department of Education/Florida Education Commissioner from 2001 to 2003 and Florida Attorney General from 2003 to 2007, before being elected Governor in Florida gubernatorial election, 2006/2006.
Crist decided not to run for re-election as Governor in Florida gubernatorial election, 2010/2010, instead announcing on May 12, 2009 that he was running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by then-fellow Republican Mel Martinez. After initially leading in the race for the Republican nomination, he was overtaken in the polls by Marco Rubio, and in April 2010, Crist left the Republican Party and became an Independent (politician)/Independent. In the general election, he lost to Rubio in a three-way race, taking 30% of the vote to Rubio's 49% and Democratic nominee Kendrick Meek's 20%. Crist's term as Governor ended in January 2011.More Charlie Crist on Wikipedia.