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Buchanan named co-chair of Florida delegation



U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan said today that he had been elected by Republican peers as co-chair of the Florida delegation in Washington.

"Vern has earned the respect and support of his colleagues in Washington," Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Miami, said in a statement. "His business background, expertise in creating jobs and influential position on the House Ways and Means Committee is tremendously important to Florida."

After the election, Florida will have 27 seats in the House. "We represent a powerful voting bloc in Congress that can work to advance Florida's agenda and priorities," Buchanan said, noting that issues such as international trade through Florida’s ports, protection of the Everglades, and hurricane and flood insurance have bipartisan support within the delegation.

Buchanan must win his own race in order to assume the chair. The Democratic chair is Rep. Alcee Hastings.

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 10:51am]


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