Joseph “Joe” Gibbons was born on September 23, 1948 in New York City and attended Calvin College, where he graduated with a degree in general studies in 1970. After graduation, he attended the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, from which he received a Masters of Public Administration in 1974. He then worked for IBM as a salesman for eight years, receiving the IBM 100% Club Presidency for his high sales achievements. He moved to Florida in 1994 and started the Gibbons Consulting Group, of which he is the President. Gibbons served as a Hallandale Beach City Commissioner from 2003 to 2006, when he was elected to the legislature.
Representative Gibbons is currently a member of the Florida House of Representatives, he was elected in 2006 in District 105. He was re-elected without opposition in 2008 and 2010. Following the reconfiguration of the districts, Gibbons was redrawn into the 100th District in 2012, where he is now serving his final term. Gibbons is term-limited and cannot seek another consecutive term in the Florida House of Representatives. He has been filed to run for the Broward County Commission in the 6th District, which consists of southeastern Broward County, stretching from Pembroke Pines to Hollywood and Hallandale Beach.
He serves on the Full Appropriations Committee (Ranking Member), Health Innovation Committee (Ranking Member), Business and Professional Regulations Committee, Health and Human Services Committee, Joint Legislative Budget Committee, and the Select Committee on Gaming.