A Broward County native, Senator Perry Thurston has spent his career fighting for justice. From his time as a public defender to his tireless advocacy for our community in the State Legislature, he’s stood up for our community for decades. Now, he’s running for Congress to fight for our healthcare, our rights, and our economic security.
After graduating from Morehouse College, Perry returned home to South Florida to earn a law degree and serve in the Broward County Public Defender’s Office. As a public defender at the height of the war on drugs, he saw firsthand how the criminal justice system works against Black defendants.
In the State Legislature, Perry has been a fighter for our community, working to expand healthcare access, fix unemployment, and reform our criminal justice system. Since his time as a State Representative, he’s been the leading voice for Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.
During his time in the Florida Senate, Perry has stood up to radical Republican leaders like Ron DeSantis and Rick Scott while delivering millions in funding to our community as a member of the minority party. This year, he fought tirelessly to block DeSantis’ restrictions on voting rights and attacks on peaceful protesters. He’s been a leading voice for legalizing marijuana, funding our public schools, ending police violence, and combating gun violence.
Perry is a proud member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, and the NAACP. He lives in Lauderhill with his wife, Dawn. They have two grown children, Allison and Perry.