Florida Senate Confirms Ron DeSantis’ Executive Agency Heads

The Florida Senate confirmed Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Executive Agency Heads this week.

DeSantis weighed in on Wednesday night.

“I am proud of the team we have assembled to lead our agencies, which include some of the brightest minds and leaders our state and nation have to offer,” said DeSantis. “I’d like to thank the Florida Senate for confirming my appointments and for recognizing their leadership and talent. I am confident they will advance our shared mission to serve and protect Floridians.”

The Florida Senate confirmed the following officials:

Mary Mayhew – Secretary, Agency for Health Care Administration

Barbara Palmer – Director, Agency for Persons with Disabilities

Halsey Beshears – Secretary, Department of Business and Professional Regulation

Chad Poppell – Secretary, Department of Children and Families

Kenneth Lawson – Executive Director, Department of Economic Opportunity

Richard Prudom – Secretary, Department of Elder Affairs

Noah Valenstein – Secretary, Department of Environmental Protection

Simone Marstiller – Secretary, Department of Juvenile Justice

James “Jim” Poppell – Secretary, Department of the Lottery

Jonathan Satter – Secretary, Department of Management Services

Mark Inch – Secretary, Florida Department of Corrections

Laurel Lee – Secretary of State, Florida Department of State

Kevin Thibault – Secretary, Florida Department of Transportation

Most of these nominees sailed through with little in the way of opposition but Senate Democrats put up a fight against Mayhew’s nomination.

Terrie Rizzo, the chairwoman of the Florida Democratic Party, weighed in after the Senate confirmed Mayhew on Wednesday.

“Mary Mayhew will cause mayhem to Florida’s health care system,” Rizzo said. “With Mayhew at the helm of Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration, Governor DeSantis has put people’s health care at risk. The destruction left in Mayhew’s wake from her time in Maine should have disqualified her to run Florida’s Medicaid program. The governor and GOP led legislature have taken a stand against the health and safety of Florida families with their support of Mary Mayhew.”


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