Darryl Ervin Rouson has earned a reputation as a trailblazer in business and the community. In 1981, he became the first African American prosecutor in Pinellas County. In 2003, he was appointed the first Chairman of the newly formed Substance Abuse and Addictions Task Force for The National Bar Association. Rep. Rouson also served as president of the St. Petersburg NAACP from 2000 to 2005.
In April 2008, Mr. Rouson’s years of activism, bold leadership and community service culminated in his being elected to represent Tampa Bay in the Florida House of Representatives. He is currently serving his last term as a state representative due to term limits. His district covers portions of Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota and Hillsborough counties. During this most recent term in the state legislature, Representative Rouson passed a number of bills including his Juvenile Civil Citation bill which gives police officers the discretion to issue juveniles a citation for three separate misdemeanors as an alternative to arrest. Another major piece of legislation he passed was his Backyard Gun Range bill which bans recreational shooting in densely residential areas.
Mr. Rouson received a college degree in 1977 from Xavier University in New Orleans and graduated from law school at the University of Florida in 1980. He is married to Angela Rouson and is proudly raising five boys while practicing law in the Tampa Bay area with the Dolman Law Group.