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Ben Albritton Chosen to Lead Florida Senate After 2024 Elections

Last week, state Sen. Joe Albritton, R-Bartow, wrapped up enough support in the Republican caucus to be the president of the Florida Senate after the 2024 elections, provided the GOP keeps its majority in...
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Donald Trump Takes Sides in Florida Agriculture Commissioner Race, Backing Wilton Simpson

With no major primary challengers expected to take on Gov. Ron DeSantis or U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., next year, the agriculture commissioner contest is shaping up to be the main event for Florida Republicans in next year’s primary. 

Wilton Simpson Makes Appointments to State, Regional and National Boards and Councils

“It is an honor to have many of my fellow Senators, as well as leaders in our communities and state, serve in these important capacities,” said Simpson on Friday. “I have full confidence that they will diligently and effectively represent the Florida Senate and the state of Florida.”

Debbie Mayfield to Lead Republicans in the Florida Senate

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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Kelli Stargel Takes Over as Florida Senate Appropriations Chair

Stargel made her first bow in Tallahassee in 2008 when she was elected to the Florida House. Four years later, she won a Senate seat. Stargel represents parts of Polk and Lake Counties and faces term limits in 2022. 

Wilton Simpson Takes Over as President of the Florida Senate

Simpson won the election unanimously as he started his two years in charge of the chamber. 

Gwen Margolis, First Woman to Serve as Florida Senate President, Dies at 85

Margolis, the first woman to lead the Senate and the last Democrat to date to do so, spent more than four decades in Florida politics. 
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Florida Conservatives Puzzled Over Gun Control Proposal From GOP State Senate Leadership

In the first week of the current legislative session, with the support of the GOP leadership, the Senate Infrastructure and Security Committee unanimously backed a proposal that raised concerns from Second Amendment supporters.
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Most of the Southwest Florida Delegation in Tallahassee Backs Ray Rodrigues for State Senate

This latest round of endorsements leaves state Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen, R-Ft. Myers, as the only member of the Southwest Florida delegation not to back Rodrigues. 

Florida Senate Confirms Ron DeSantis’ Executive Agency Heads

“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.

Home Rule Battle Heating Up Across Florida

Home Rule means that local matters are handled at the local level. While the state does have broad powers explicitly identified in the Florida Constitution, the default is for local communities to have say over things like zoning and other matters.
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Rick Scott: Senate Is ‘As Dysfunctional As You Think It Is’

Having left Tallahassee and taking his seat on Capitol Hill last week, new U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., weighed in on his first impressions of Washington, D.C. and, despite Republicans controlling the Senate, the newest member is not that impressed. 
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