Meet Judson

Judson Sapp was born and raised in Clay County, Florida.

He went to school locally, earned his Eagle Scout badge and got his first taste of politics working for future Florida House Speaker John Thrasher and Senator Connie Mack.

Judson Sapp and Connie Mack
Judson Sapp and Connie Mack

He received his Bachelor of Science in Philosophy from Florida State University. Despite his full course load, Judson remained politically active in Northeast Florida where he frequently helped qualified pro-business, forward thinking candidates by connecting them to civic leaders with the resources and leadership to further their causes.

Judson prioritizes family above all else, and that’s why he turned down numerous job opportunities after graduating to focus on his family’s railroad construction business, W. J. Sapp and Son Inc.

Judson Sapp was born and raised in Clay County, Florida.

He went to school locally, earned his Eagle Scout badge and got his first taste of politics working for future Florida House Speaker John Thrasher and Senator Connie Mack.

He received his Bachelor of Science in Philosophy from Florida State University. Despite his full course load, Judson remained politically active in Northeast Florida where he frequently helped qualified pro-business, forward thinking candidates by connecting them to civic leaders with the resources and leadership to further their causes.

Judson prioritizes family above all else, and that’s why he turned down numerous job opportunities after graduating to focus on his family’s railroad construction business, W. J. Sapp and Son Inc.

Judson Sapp and Connie Mack
Judson with Connie Mack
Judson at work

Loyalty to his family and home is ingrained in him, and Judson will always choose what’s best for North Florida over political expediency. Judson has aspired since youth to grow the unparalleled legacy that his parents set during their careers as successful entrepreneurs and philanthropists. He is the product of blue collar blood and work ethic. He gained an appreciation for the value of a dollar and learned success is not a birthright, but the product of hard work and ingenuity. After graduation, he intentionally sought a low level position at W. J. Sapp and Son, Inc., because he wanted to learn the business from the ground up. He gained invaluable insight working under the leadership of seasoned foremen who taught him the trade by having him run backhoes, hammering spikes and get his hands dirty.

Judson has always had an eye for talent and a keen sense of when to seize opportunity. When he saw the untapped market of industrial maintenance staffing, he did not hesitate to capitalize and proposed an expansion of his family’s business. Within months he assembled the team needed to run this new endeavor and guided the new maintenance staffing division to profitability.

Still very young and with his new division a well-oiled machine of both profitability and efficiency, it was time for Judson to challenge himself yet again. He wanted to prove he could achieve success even if it meant he had to start over. He decided to pursue a lifelong passion of screenwriting and moved across the country to Hollywood, a region politically and culturally antithetical to his values. Being a conservative in the most liberal city in America, he proved again that he could succeed with a recipe of perseverance, hard work and a refusal to fail. He ended up gaining membership in the Screen Actors Guild, while earning a good living as both a screenwriter and an actor in dozens of T.V. shows and motion pictures.

Despite his tremendous success and being in the prime of his budding screenwriting career, Judson’s heart was in his hometown. Honoring his parents and their legacy means everything to him. When his mother Ginger, the lifelong CFO of the company, desperately wanted to retire there was a leadership void that needed to be filled by someone trusted. Refusing to let his parents down, Judson stepped up and took the position.

Before he fully put California in his rear-view mirror, Judson met his future wife, Kelly, who was working for MGM Studios as the Director of Internet Content. Finding a like-minded soul who prioritized family, Judson decided to propose. Soon after, they were married and moved to Clay County where they knew they would be surrounded by loving family and a community that looked out for each other.

Judson and Kelly

On the day they returned, they discovered that Judson’s mother, Ginger, had pancreatic cancer and also that Kelly was pregnant with their first child. Knowing the battle with cancer ahead, especially after having recently witnessed Kelly’s mom’s losing battle with breast cancer, Judson’s father, Jud, the lifelong CEO of the company, pulled both Judson and the Senior Vice President of the company aside and told them, “You two are in charge now. Don’t burn it to the ground.”

Judson and family

Aware of the enormous internal and external turmoil that arises when a company undergoes such a drastic shift in power, Judson put his ego aside for the betterment of the company and suggested the company’s talented Senior Vice President be promoted to President of the primary division, while Judson would serve as de facto CEO for the family’s entire network of business ventures; the two working together as partners.

It was yet another negotiation that paid off. The arrangement resulted in business expanding from three to nine states, increased sales, and spurred consistent growth despite navigating the Obama born Great Recession, stagnant economy and hostile regulatory environment.

In addition to his role in the family’s business, Judson serves on two corporate boards and helps foster business growth in the community. He helps raise his children with his loving wife and has dutifully served his parents; managing their finances and providing whatever help they need in his mother’s continued battle with cancer.

At forty-years-old, Judson is fortunate to have lived a full life; achieving both financial and personal success. Judson is not a career politician and has never run for elected office. He has handled crises and managed people. He has had to make decisions where employees’ families are depending on him to make the correct decision. Judson has tangible real world experience and a bold vision for Northeast Florida. He wants to be remembered as a man who worked hard, provided for his family and never shied away from challenges. He has a proven track record of leadership and negotiations that have resulted in deals that work for both parties.

The Sapp Family

He is a family man and a businessman who believes Congress needs to be held accountable. Failed politicians should not be shielded from criticism by incumbency. He wants to get Congress working again, delivering common sense legislation and restoring Northeast Florida’s clout in commanding federal grant money for public works and development projects. He knows how to work with people to achieve a common goal and is exactly who our country needs to fight and win in Congress.

Vote for Judson Sapp, a New Republican, on August 28th!