In 1992 Crist was elected to the Florida State Senate as a Republican. He "supported teacher salary increases."
In 1998 Crist ran for the US Senate as a Republican and a pro-life candidate.
In 2000 Crist was elected Education Commissioner of Florida as a Republican.
In 2002 Crist was elected Attorney General of the State of Florida as a Republican. He "ended official attempts to keep [Terri] Schiavo on life support."
In 2006 Crist was elected Governor of Flordia as a Republican. He opposed off-shore oil drilling.
In 2007 Crist signed into law a bill that allowed Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, a State-owned, not-for-profit, underfunded insurer of last resort, to become the largest insurer in the State of Florida.
In 2008 Crist supported off-shore oil drilling.
In 2009 Crist announced his support for President Barack Obama's $831-billion stimulus package.
In 2009 Crist lost the Republican primary for US Senate, became an unaffiliated candidate and had all pro-life statements removed from his website.
In 2009 Crist supported efforts to ban same-sex marriage in Florida.
In 2009 Crist announced he would run for the US Senate as a Republican against Marco Rubio.
In 2010 Crist stated that he no longer supported Florida's ban on same-sex adoption.
In 2010 Crist vetoed a bill which would have removed taxpayer funding for abortion.
In April, 2010 Crist lost the Republican primary to Marco Rubio.
In May, 2010 Crist announced his intention to run against Marco Rubio as an "unaffiliated candidate" but promised to remain a registered Republican.
On May 13, 2010 Crist officially changed his registration status to "non party affiliated." He promises Republican donors to his campaign that he will return their contributions.
Later in May, 2010 Crist's campaign said he would not return contributions to Republican donors.
In November, 2010 Crist lost the US Senate election to Marco Rubio by 19 percentage points.
In 2010 as a candidate for the Senate Crist said: "I don’t agree with the guy [Barack Obama] on hardly anything he does."
On August 26, 2012 Crist wrote an opinion piece in the Tampa Bay Times endorsing Barack Obama for reelection as President of the United States.
On August 27, 2012 the Obama Campaign announced that Crist will be a featured speaker at the Democratic National Convention next week in Charlotte, NC.
In endorsing Obama for reelection Crist said he favors "sensible compromise." Crist praised Obama as the "right leader" for the nation for keeping "his compass pointed due north." He said he shares Obama's "vision" for the future. Crist also praised Obama for "helping the many who felt trapped beneath the house of cards that had collapsed upon them" during "our shared crisis...in the winter of 2009." He called the President's response "swift, smart and farsighted."
Crist also praised Obama for realizing that "short-term healing had to be paired with an economy that would stay healthy over the long run." He added:
President Obama knows a reliable infrastructure that helps move people to work and helps businesses move goods to market is a foundation of growth.Crist called the President's $716-billion cut in Medicare a "savings" that would extend the life of Medicare "by nearly a decade."
Crist ended the opinion piece by saying:
We have more work to do, more investments to make and more waste to cut. But only one candidate in this race has proven a willingness to navigate a realistic path to prosperity...Ah, yes! The nation truly needs the kind of leadership and seriousness Charlie Crist demonstrated in his long and tanned political career in Florida!
...But an element of their [Republican] party has pitched so far to the extreme right on issues important to women, immigrants, seniors and students that they've proven incapable of governing for the people...The truth is that the party has failed to demonstrate the kind of leadership or seriousness voters deserve."
Why not appoint him the next Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services?