Democrats Announce Committee Leadership in the Florida House

This week, the two leaders of the Democrats in the Florida House–state Reps. Bobby DuBose of Fort Lauderdale and Evan Jenne of Hollywood–unveiled their selections to lead committees in the upcoming session.

The two leaders announced their selections on Monday.

“The Florida House Democrats are excited to get to work to help the people of Florida. This year has been incredibly difficult, but we look forward to advocating for bold solutions to the public health and economic crisis that’s gripping our state. Government exists to be of service to the people, and right now the people need immediate help,” said DuBose.

“I’m very excited about our list of ranking members. We have a good group of passionate representatives who will fight hard to help the people of Florida. This session will be critical, the health of countless families and small businesses hang in the balance. What we do in the coming months will set the course for Florida’s recovery over the next several years.”

DuBose will lead Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee. State Rep. Anika Omphroy, D-Lauderdale Lakes, will lead her party on the Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee while state Rep. Kamia Brown, D-Ocoee, will be the top Democrat on the Healthcare Appropriations Subcommittee. Longtime legislator state Rep. Geraldine Thompson, D-Windermere, is the ranking Democrat on the Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee while state Rep. Dianne Hart, D-Tampa, will fill that spot on the Infrastructure and Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee. State Rep. Michael Gottlieb, D-Davie, is the ranking Democrat on the Justice Appropriations Subcommittee and state Rep. Matt Willhite, D-Wellington, will lead his party on the PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee while state Rep. Joy Goff-Marcil, D-Maitland, is the ranking Democrat on the State Administration and Technology Appropriations Subcommittee.

Over on the Commerce Committee, state Rep. David Silvers, D-Lake Clarke Shores, will lead Democrats. Willhite is the ranking Democrat on the Insurance and Banking Subcommittee. State Rep. Anna Eskamani, D-Orlando, will lead her party on the Regulatory Reform Subcommittee and state Rep. Emily Slosberg, D-Boca Raton, is the top Democrat on the Tourism, Infrastructure and Energy Subcommittee.

State Rep. Patricia Williams, D-Lauderdale Lakes, will lead her party on the Education and Employment Committee. State Rep. Tracie Davis, D-Jacksonville, is the ranking Democrat on the Early Learning and Elementary Education Subcommittee and state Rep. James Bush, D-Miami, will lead his party on the Secondary Education and Career Development Subcommittee. Thompson is the ranking Democrat on the Post-Secondary Education and Lifelong Learning Subcommittee.

State Rep. Nicholas Duran, D-Miami, will lead his party on the Health and Human Services Committee. State Rep. Susan Valdés, D-Tampa, is the ranking Democrat on the Children, Families and Seniors Subcommittee and state Rep. Dotie Joseph, D-North Miami, leads her party on the Finance and Facilities Subcommittee. State Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, D-Orlando, is the top Democrat on the Professions and Public Health Subcommittee.

On the Judiciary Committee, state Rep. Fentrice Driskell, D-Tampa, will lead her party. State Rep. Ben Diamond, D-St. Petersburg, is the ranking Democrat on the Civil Justice and Property Rights Subcommittee and state Rep. Michael Grieco, D-St. Petersburg, will have that role on the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Subcommittee.

State Rep. Joseph Casello, D-Boynton Beach, will be the ranking Democrat on the Pandemics and Public Emergencies Committee.

Davis will lead Democrats on the Public Integrity and Elections Committee.

State Rep. Joe Geller, D-Aventura, will be the top Democrat on the Rules Committee.

Smith will lead Democrats on the State Affairs Committee. State Rep. Ramon Alexander, D-Tallahassee, will be the ranking Democrat on the Environment, Agriculture and  Flooding Subcommittee while State Rep. Emily Slosberg will have that role on the Government Operations Subcommittee and Goff-Marcil will lead her party on the Local Administration and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee.

Eskamani will lead her party on the Ways and Means Committee.

 

Reach Kevin Derby at kevin.derby@floridadaily.com.

 

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