Denise Grimsley received her degrees from Polk Community College and Warner Southern College, and earned an MBA from the University of Miami. She is a registered nurse, has been certified in Trauma and Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and is currently a Hospital Administrator for Florida Hospital Wauchula and Lake Placid.
She served as Vice President and COO of her family business, Grimsley Oil Company, and is a fifth generation Floridian involved in the citrus and ranching industry. She is a member of the Peace River Valley and Highlands County Citrus Grower’s Associations and the Florida Cattlemen’s Association.
After being involved in numerous local civic organizations in Hardee and Highlands counties, Denise offered her candidacy and was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2004, and was a leader in Agriculture and Health Care Committees, and served as the Appropriations Committee Chairman. In 2012 she was elected to serve in the Florida Senate and re-elected without opposition in 2016. She is currently on the Senate Agriculture Committee and is chair of the General Government Appropriations Committee.
Family and faith are central to Denise’s life. She is proud and grateful for her parents, who recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary, her daughter Nicole, and her grandchildren Tyson and Jillian.