ANDREW GILLUM is an American politician born on this date, who served as the 126th mayor of Tallahassee, Florida from 2014 to 2018 and was the Democratic Party nominee for governor of Florida in the 2018 election. He served as a Tallahassee City Commissioner from 2003 until 2014, first elected at the age of 23.
In 2018, Gillum became the nominee of the Florida Democratic Party for Governor of Florida when he won the Democratic primary election over a field of five other candidates. He competed against and lost to Republican U.S. Representative Ron DeSantis in a close election. Gillum is considered to a progressive Democrat.
In May 2009, Gillum married R. Jai Howard, a fellow FAMU graduate. The couple have three children. In March 2020 the Tallahassee Democrat reported that Gillum was one of three men, one of whom was suffering from a drug overdose, who were found with “plastic baggies of suspected crystal meth” in a hotel room in Miami Beach, however no arrests were made. The person who overdosed has been reported by numerous outlets as a gay escort. Initially, Gillum was too inebriated to speak with the officers. On March 16, Gillum stated that he would enter rehabilitation, citing struggles with alcohol after narrowly losing the 2018 Florida gubernatorial race.
In September 2020, Gillum came out as bisexual in an interview with Tamron Hall on ABC.