State Senator Dwight M. Bullard hails from an esteemed educator, community activist and legislator family. His mother, Larcenia J. Bullard is a former school teacher, administrator, education consultant and member of the Florida House of Representatives from 1992-2000. She was later elected to the Florida Senate in 2002 and has continued to serve since. His father Edward B. Bullard is a former educator, assistant principal, and former member of the Florida House of Representatives from 2000-2008. In 1981, Dwight moved to Miami, where he was raised in the community of Richmond Heights. After graduating from Miami Killian, he continued his education at Florida A&M University where he received his B.S. in history education. Since 2000, Rep. Bullard has been a teacher at Coral Reef Senior High School and was sworn into office as representative of District 118 and was reelected subsequently. In 2012 he was victorious in a bid to become State Senator for the 39th District. While in the House he served as a member of the agriculture & natural resources policy committee, the prek-12 appropriations committee, prek-12 education policy committee and the economic development policy committee during his first term. Representative Bullard was a member of the justice appropriations subcommittee, the k-20 competitiveness subcommittee, the agriculture and natural resources subcommittee, and the criminal justice subcommittee for the 2011 legislative session and a member of higher education appropriation subcommittee for the 2012 legislative session. Representative Bullard was named democratic ranking member of the preK-12 education policy committee after his first term and became most recently Democrat ranking member of the education committee. Since joining the Senate, Bullard hass continued his advocacy for children and the environment.
His extensive and remarkable role in Educational leadership has granted him tremendous recognition; Bullard was a recipient of the Florida Education Association’s Freshman Friend of Public Education Award, the Florida Education Association’s Friend of Education Award, and the Florida Association of School Administrators’ Next Generation Leader Award. Representative Bullard is also affiliated with the Miami-Dade Democrats, and hence was awarded the Young Democrat’s of Miami Dade Outstanding Leadership Award. The South Dade Democrat, the Ron Brown Democratic Caucus, and the Richmond-Perrine Alumni Chapter of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated, as well as, the J.L. King Prince Hall Masonic Lodge are just a few more of his affiliations. Senator Bullard is a member of the Richmond Heights Homeowners Association and in January 2010 was named Grand Marshal of the Annual Homestead/Florida City Martin Luther King, Jr. parade. He was recognized as an honorary member of City Year Miami and received their official jacket after keynoting their annual day of service. In addition, Rep. Bullard holds a lifetime membership to the NAACP.
Outside of his political duties, Dwight M. Bullard cultivates many recreational pursuits such as playing flag football, watching movies, listening to music, poetry, reading biographies and giving back to his alma mater Florida A&M University where he was awarded the National Rattler F. Club Distinguished Alumni Award and the Alumni Inaugural 40 Under 40 Award. When asked why he ran for Representative of District 118, he spoke about the desire to fill a void in leadership and an even stronger desire to give back. He was inspired to do so by not only his mother and father, but also President Obama whom he believes was the right candidate at the right time, for a movement that had not yet been defined. In the upcoming years, he plans to stay active in the community, saying “the people deserve a voice that identifies with them.”