Andy Ireland

Andrew Poysell Ireland (born August 23, 1930) is a former U.S. Representative from Florida.

Andrew Poysell Ireland
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Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida
In office
January 3, 1977 – January 3, 1993
Preceded byJames A. Haley
Succeeded byCharles T. Canady (Redistricting)
Constituency8th District (1977-1983)
10th District (1983-1993)
Personal details
Born (1930-08-23) August 23, 1930 (age 90)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Political partyDemocrat (until 1984)
Republican (1984-present)
Alma materYale University
Columbia University
Louisiana State University


Born to a wealthy family in Cincinnati, Ohio, he attended a private school within the city. He finished his high school career at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. Ireland studied business at Yale University and did his graduate studies at Columbia University. Ireland joined Barnett National Bank in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1954, and in 1962 he became the president, chairman and chief executive officer, of American National Bank of Winter Haven, Florida. From 1968 to 1970, Ireland served as a member of the board of the Federal Reserve Bank in Atlanta, Georgia.

Ireland became involved in politics in 1966, when he successfully ran for the position of Winter Haven city commissioner. In 1981, he served as a delegate to the United Nations. Ireland was elected as a Democrat to the 95th United States Congress and to the three succeeding Congresses. O July 5, 1984, however, he switched party affiliation and continued in office as a Republican. Ireland was reelected as a Republican to the 99th United States Congress and to the three succeeding Congresses. He served in the House of Representatives from January 3, 1977, to January 3, 1993, before retiring.

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

  • United States Congress. "Andy Ireland (id: I000029)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Appearances on C-SPAN
  • The Washington Post Members of Congress / Andy Ireland
Government offices
Preceded by
Director of the
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Jacksonville Branch

1968 – 1970
Succeeded by
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Delegate to the
United Nations General Assembly

1981 – 1981
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by
Member of the Winter Haven, Florida
City Commission

1966 – 1968
Succeeded by
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
James A. Haley
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 8th congressional district

Succeeded by
Bill Young
Preceded by
Louis A. Bafalis
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 10th congressional district

Succeeded by
Bill Young