Joyner becomes Pinellas delegation chairwoman
State Sen. Arthenia Joyner was voted chairman of the 14-member Pinellas County legislative delegation today. Joyner, a Tampa Democrat whose district includes Pinellas, had been vice chairwoman.
She'll succeed Rep. Ed Hooper, R-Clearwater, not that he'll miss coordinating logistics of the group after today's 3.5-hour meeting in Clearwater. It was the first two hearings on local bills and lobbying pleas by interest groups and residents. The next is 9 a.m. Dec. 14 at St. Petersburg City Hall.
"This is the time my staff has been looking forward to for almost a year," Hooper said, adding that the typical three-member Senate staff can handle the duties easier than a two-member House office.
Rep. Jim Frishe, R-St. Petersburg, is now vice chairman.
David DeCamp, Times staff writer