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President Office — Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 7, 2016

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Senate Honors President Gardiner During Traditional Portrait Unveiling

Tallahassee —

The official portrait of Senate President Andy Gardiner (R-Orlando) was unveiled today at 2:00 p.m. during a traditional biennial ceremony marking President Gardiner’s final session as the President of the Florida Senate.

Today’s ceremony was attended by Mrs. Camille Gardiner, the president’s wife of nearly 20 years, and the couple’s children, Andrew, Jr. (12), Joanna Lynn (8) and Kathryn Lucille (5). President Gardiner’s parents, Bill and Linda Gardiner also attended the ceremony along with Mrs. Gardiner’s parents Joanne and Richard Wood and many family members and close friends.

President Gardiner is the 86th Senate President since statehood. Under current practice, his portrait will hang in the Senate Chamber for 100 years and will then be retired to the Historic Capitol and eventually to the state archives.

President Gardiner’s portrait was created by artists from Leon Loard Commissioned Portraits. Artists from Leon Loard also crafted the portraits of Senate Presidents Jennings, King, Lee, Pruitt, Atwater and Gaetz. In the portrait, President Gardiner is wearing a lapel pin made from copper of the original dome of Florida’s Historic Capitol, circa 1902.

As President Gardiner’s portrait was hung in the Senate Chamber, the Senate retired the portrait of the 35th Senate President, John B. Johnson of Live Oak. President Johnson served as the Senate President from 1917 to 1918. He was born in Live Oak on October 15, 1868 and was admitted to practice law in 1893. He was elected to the Senate in 1907 and served until 1923. In 1913, he held the position of President Pro Tempore. During his time in the Senate, he also served as the Mayor of the City of Live Oak from 1907 until 1923. After his legislative career, Johnson went on to serve as the Attorney General of Florida from 1925 until 1927. He also served as a Circuit Judge in the Second Judicial Circuit of Florida. John B. Johnson died on June 26, 1940 at the age of 71.

 

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