Former Congressman Dennis A. Ross is the Director of the American Center for Political Leadership at Southeastern University.
Ross is also a distinguished professor in the Political Science program at Southeastern University.
Ross served as a Florida State Representative from 2000–2008. In 2010 he was elected to the United States Congress, where he served 4 terms, until retiring in January of 2019. During his time in congress, Ross served as a Sr. Majority Whip and also served on the Financial Services Committee, the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the Judiciary Committee, as well as the Education and Workforce Committee.
Ross received his undergraduate degree from Auburn University and his law degree from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. He worked as an associate for Holland & Knight before serving as in-house counsel for Walt Disney World. He then opened his own law practice, formerly known as Ross Vecchio, P.A.
Ross was born in Lakeland, Florida, where he met his wife, Cindy, in high school. The couple has two children and are highly involved in the Lakeland community.