The Honorable Mr. Bilirakis has served as a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 9th District of Florida, since 1983 until 2007, succeeded by his son, Gus Bilirakis. Mr. Bilirakis has served as Vice-Chairman: House Energy and Commerce Committee; House Veterans’ Affairs Committee and Chairman of House Oversight Subcommittee; Chairman, House Health Subcommittee; Member, National Commission on the Future for America’s Veterans. The majority of his professional career outside of the US Congress, has been as a successful attorney, also having served as a municipal judge. The Honorable Mr. Bilirakis received his BS degree in engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. He earned a law degree from the University of Florida. The Honorable Mr. Bilirakis is a combat veteran, having honorably served his country in the Korean War with the United States Airforce.