Don Getz is an American Republican politician. He represented most of Northwest Florida and was a member of the Florida State Senate for ten years, from 2006 to 2016. Don was also President of the Florida Senate. He is probably best known as the father of Congressman Matt Goetz, who was recently involved in the sex trafficking controversy. As of 2021, Don Gaetz's net worth is estimated to be around $30 million.
|Full Name||Donald Jay Gaetz|
|Birth Date||January 22, 1948|
|Birth Place||Rugby, North Dakota, United States|
|Net Worth||$30 million|
Don Getz was born on January 22, 1948 in Rugby, North Dakota, United States. His father, Jerry Goetz, was Mayor of Rugby. He was also a candidate for lieutenant governor of North Dakota. During a live broadcast of a North Dakota Republican Party event in 1964, Jerry died of a heart attack.
Regarding his education, he attended Concordia College. Don had a high school diploma with a minor in religion and political science. He then enrolled at Troy State University, where he earned a master’s degree in education.
Net worth and political career of Don Getz
Don got his first experience as a hospital administrator in one of Florida’s most populous cities, Jacksonville. Later, in 1983, he founded VITAS Healthcare Corporation with a group of investors. However, he sold the company for half a billion dollars in 2014.
Just a year before the company’s sale, the US Department of Justice accused the company of being involved in insurance fraud dating back to 2002. However, Don denied all allegations. The case was settled in a confidential settlement in 2018.
Speaking of building his political career, Don’s first victory was when he ran for the Okaloosa County School Board. He won the parliamentary elections with 69% of the vote. In 1998 he ran for re-election, defeating Republican candidate James Campbell with 67% of the vote.
Don ran for Okaloosa County School Leaders in 2000, where he defeated Niceville High School Principal David Morgan with 68% of the vote.
Don ran for Florida’s 4th district in 2006. He first won the Holly Benson nomination, then won the general election. During her first term in the Florida Senate, Don served as chair of the Senate Education Committee.
Meanwhile, he made headlines by attacking officials at the Florida Department of Education for launching a teacher bonus initiative. Don was later appointed Florida State President in 2012. He served as President for two years until 2014.
Don Gaetz’s wife, Victoria Cuertermus
Don Getz is married to Victoria Cuertermus. His wife Victoria has been a pharmacist for more than two decades. Don is the father of two children and is in a marital relationship with Victoria.
His son is currently the United States Representative for Florida’s First Congressional District. Also, his daughter Erin served as Jeb Bush’s director of digital content during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Don’s son, Matt, was at the center of a major controversy recently when he became involved in the sex trade of a 17-year-old girl in 2019. A Justice Department official continues to investigate the case.
However, Matt categorically denied this accusation. He also accused former Justice Department official David McGee of asking him for $25 million. Matt tweeted that he and a member of his family were victims of racketeering extortion.
Don Getz net worth
In 2021, Don Getz amassed a whopping $30 million. He also owns the Big House, which was used on The Truman Show. Located in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, the house was purchased by Don and Victoria in 1991.