This week, new state Senate President Wilton Simpson, R-Spring Hill, announced that state Sen. Debbie Mayfield, R-Melbourne, will lead Republicans in the Florida Senate.

“A skilled and seasoned member of the Republican Caucus, Senator Mayfield’s service in both the House and Senate has provided her with institutional knowledge that is critical for helping guide major legislation through the process. She is a strong advocate for the priorities of her fellow senators and knows how to build the consensus needed to bring key legislation across the finish line. Just last session, Debbie successfully carried a top priority of the governor, served as chair of an Appropriations Subcommittee, and authored one of the most significant pieces of water quality legislation we have seen in many years,” Simpson noted in a memo sent out this week.

“I am confident that Debbie will be a strong, conservative leader for the Republican Caucus and am grateful that she has accepted this important responsibility,” he added.

“It is a tremendous honor to serve the Florida Senate as your 2020-2022 Republican leader. Thank you to President Simpson for entrusting me with this great responsibility,” said Mayfield.

“We will continue to advance conservative policies, invest in Florida’s water quality and protect our vulnerable populations,” she added. “The ongoing pandemic has impacted each of us, our families and our businesses. The road ahead is a difficult one, but I’m confident that together we can pass strategic and bold measures to deliver relief and recovery to Floridians and ensure our state economy prospers once again.”

First elected to the Florida House in 2008, Mayfield was elected to the Senate in 2016. She represents all of Indian River County and parts of Brevard County.


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