Florida Legislature Poised To Pick New Leaders

Florida Politics
Posted at 6:53 AM, Nov 18, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-20 09:39:22-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Two central Florida Republicans are going to take control of the Florida Legislature.

The Florida Legislature is meeting Tuesday to select a new Senate president and a new House speaker.

Republicans hold a firm majority so Rep. Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, will be chosen as speaker, while Sen. Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, will be selected as president.

Crisafulli replaces Will Weatherford, who is leaving because of term limits. Sen. Don Gaetz has another two years left in office.

Gardiner, 45, is a native of Orlando who currently works as a vice president of external affairs and community relations for Orlando Health.

Crisafulli, 43, was born in Rockledge and has worked in agriculture and real estate. Members of his family include a former Florida governor and a state Supreme Court justice.


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