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The Senate President is a constitutional officer who leads the Florida Senate for a two-year term. The President, who is elected by members of the Senate, manages the operations of the Senate and presides over its sessions. The President’s many duties include: selecting a Majority Leader, appointing Senators to standing Senate committees, appointing committee chairs, and appointing citizens to a variety of boards and commissions.



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As we look ahead to the next two years, there are several areas I hope will be the focus of our time in Tallahassee.


Florida’s economy appears to be on a steady uphill climb. Our unemployment rate is below the national average, our private sector continues to create new jobs and our state is responsibly saving for the future. We made many difficult choices to help Florida reach this point and as our economy continues to improve, we must set the stage for long-term economic recovery.


The second issue I hope to address is the development of a workable, comprehensive, statewide policy for protecting Florida’s natural resources. We all know Florida’s economy is tied to tourism. Tourism, our economy and our quality of life are linked to the long-term health of our natural resources. It is important that we come together to develop a better strategy to address water management and environmental conservation.


Additionally, whether your personal life journey started with a unique challenge that most others do not face, or includes starting over after coming home from military service, or aging out of foster care, we in public service should not endeavor to carry you on your journey but to clear your path of obstacles. We have come a long way, but there is still work to do to expand education and employment opportunities for all Floridians.  


Again, thank you for visiting and please stay in touch. I look forward to providing updates on these important issues facing our state.