John Rutherford


Area Congressman John Rutherford (R-04) met with sheriffs from across Northeast Florida at the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Thursday to discuss federal legislation he says would harm local law enforcement. 

Rep. John Rutherford speaking at the U.S. Capitol.
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U.S. Rep. John Rutherford, the Republican for Florida’s 4th Congressional District that covers part of Jacksonville and stretches from Fernandina Beach to St. Augustine, has a new Democratic  challenger lined up for 2022.

This July 2020 photo shows a potential COVID-19 vaccine developed by Moderna and the National Institutes of Health.
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Sen. Rick Scott, R-FL, and Rep. John Rutherford, R-FL4, are leading an effort to ban so-called vaccine passports at airports. 

U.S. Rep. John Rutherford speaks at a St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum event. He is the sponsor of  the Nation's Oldest Port National Heritage Area Act.
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A U.S. House bill could designate the First Coast a National Heritage Area (NHA), allowing the area to receive federal funding for historic conservation projects.

In this Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 photo, violent protesters, loyal to President Donald Trump, storm the Capitol, in Washington.

Calling his Republican colleagues in the House of Representatives who objected to Electoral College election results "embarrassing," Democratic North Florida Representative Al Lawson says he expects efforts to impeach President Donald Trump to move quickly this week in the House of Representatives.

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Jacksonville-area Republican U.S. Rep. John Rutherford has now recognized Joe Biden as the president-elect after being part of the group of Republicans who late Wednesday night objected to two states' election results, hours after pro-Trump extremists had stormed the Capitol and forced the Electoral College certification process to be halted Wednesday.

Federal and state lawmakers are condemning the actions of a mob of Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol Wednesday afternoon causing a halt in Congress' electoral vote count.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fl) took to Twitter to call on President Donald Trump to urge protestors to “stand down.”

In a tweet Rubio said, “there is nothing patriotic about what is occurring on Capitol Hill. This is 3rd world style anti-American anarchy.”

Rubio also asked President Donald Trump to send “resources to assist police.”


Northeast Florida Congressman John Rutherford is among the Republicans who plan to object to certifying the Electoral College results Wednesday.

Congressman John Rutherford  (R-FL4) and Democratic challenger Donna Deegan

District 4 Republican Congressman John Rutherford has fended off a political challenge from longtime TV anchor and founder of one Jacksonville’s biggest marathons, Democrat Donna Deegan.


Sixty-nine percent of likely Duval County voters plan to vote in favor of levying a half-cent sales tax for Duval County Public Schools, according to a poll released Thursday morning by the University of North Florida’s Public Opinion Research Lab.

Mayor Curry standing and speaking in front of a large GOP sign, Rutherford and Black off to the side of him
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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and Northeast Florida U.S. Representative John Rutherford both attended a “MAGA Meet-up” at the Duval GOP Headquarters Thursday morning, where they affirmed their support for President Donald Trump this November and attacked Democrats and the recently held Democratic National Convention. 

Rep. John Rutherford, R-Fla., speaks during a House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 28, 2020.
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Local advocates recently met with Jacksonville Representative John Rutherford to talk about climate change and a national carbon pricing bill.

Congressmen Al Lawson (left) and John Rutherford (right).
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On Thursday, Local U.S. Representatives Al Lawson and John Rutherford, along with the entire Florida Congressional Delegation, sent a bipartisan letter to President Donald Trump asking him to prioritize Florida and send the state emergency resources as it fights to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Rep. John Rutherford speaking at the U.S. Capitol.
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U.S. Representatives John Rutherford (R-FL 4th District), Derek Kilmer (D-Washington), and Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Washington) have introduced legislation that would provide disaster unemployment assistance to people who can’t work due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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Jacksonville area Rep. John Rutherford (R-FL 4), along with Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL 13) and Rep. Val B. Demings (D-FL 10), has introduced the Foreign National Firearms Background Check Enhancement Act.

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Donna Deegan announced her candidacy to run as a Democrat against incumbent Jacksonville area Congressman John Rutherford (R-FL4), Thursday morning on First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross.

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Donna Deegan, the founder of the 26.2 with DONNA, The National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer, has filed to run for Congress.

Congressman John Rutherford
Congressman Rutherford's Office

While U.S. House Democrats move ahead with an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, House Republicans continue to complain about the lack of a floor vote authorizing an official investigation.

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Congress will get the chance to help protect historic landmarks on the First Coast through a bill that three North Florida Congressmen introduced Monday.

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The U.S. House has passed two bills banning new offshore oil and gas drilling off the Atlantic Coast, Pacific Coast and Florida's Gulf Coast.


Congressman John Rutherford, R-FL4, appeared on First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross on Wednesday.

Congressman John Rutherford
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Northeast Florida Congressman John Rutherford has filed a bill to prevent drilling in federal waters off Florida over the next decade.

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Opponents of President Donald Trump’s plan to expand offshore drilling will be coming together Saturday in Jacksonville Beach to protest. They’ll also be protesting seismic airgun testing off the Atlantic coast.

Congressmen Al Lawson (left) and John Rutherford (right).
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Northeast Florida Representatives John Rutherford, a Republican, and Al Lawson, a Democrat, have joined the American Flood Coalition, a nonpartisan group of cities, elected officials, military leaders, businesses and civic organizations that have come together to push for national solutions to help support flood-affected communities.

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Two North Florida Congressmen are spearheading a bipartisan proposal that would fund workforce training for returning veterans.

Congressman John Rutherford
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Many Democrats in Washington D.C. have come out in support of the Green New Deal, a congressional resolution that lays out a sweeping plan for addressing climate change, but the legislation is facing stiff opposition from some Florida lawmakers.

Congressman John Rutherford
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Northeast Florida Representative John Rutherford is leading a legislative effort to prohibit seismic airgun testing the Atlantic Ocean for a decade.

Flooding in St. Augustine.
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The City of St. Augustine, with help from allies on Capitol Hill, is asking the federal government to help pay for a $3 million U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study on sea level rise and flooding.

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Tuesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Florida 4th District Congressional candidate Ges Selmont. He’s challenging incumbent Republican John Rutherford (01:03). Rutherford was also invited but his office did not respond.

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Wednesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Democratic 4th District Congressional candidate Monica DePaul who is looking to challenge incumbent Republican Congressman John Rutherford (01:18).  

WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo and reporter Ryan Benk talked about the Florida Constitution Revision Commission’s Tuesday afternoon meeting in Jacksonville (32:23).  

Local real estate entrepreneur Shankar Thayver told us about his new online portal Trintals (37:22).

We heard about Saturday’s Riverside Craft Beer Festival with Community PedsCare Clinical Manager Amanda Spence and festival chairman Chris Croft (46:00).