Neal Dunn is the current congressman representing Bay County, Florida. He was born into an army family and was stationed in more than 20 places before college, including Vietnam during high school. Dunn was an Eagle Scout and National Merit Scholar before enrolling at Washington and Lee University. In the 2016 election, Dunn won in Bay County with 36,000 more votes than his opponent, Lawson.
He then began accumulating votes county after county. After college, Dunn continued his surgical career at many centers around the world before settling in Bay County in 1990. The Associated Press ended the race about an hour after the polls closed in Bay and other western counties where Central Standard Time is observed. Dunn served on the Board of Governors of the Florida Medical Association and was president of his county Medical Society, chief of staff at Gulf Coast Hospital, and director of the Bay Medical Center's Sacred Heart joint venture.
Dunn, a Republican from Panama City, defeated Lawson, Democrat from Tallahassee, in the race to represent Tallahassee, Panama City and all or part of the 14 North Florida counties in the U. S. House of Representatives.