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First Iraq, now Afghanistan for new state rep



Scionti Freshman Democratic state Rep. Michael Scionti of Tampa, the only Florida House member who is an Iraq war veteran, is about to get some experience on another war front.

He's headed to Afghanistan.

Scionti, a captain in the Army Reserve, leaves for Afghanistan Monday. He will be gone for less than a month on an intelligence mission and plans to return before Christmas. The short deployment will not affect his ability to represent District 58, he said.

Scionti had little competition in winning his state House seat, so you may not have heard much about him. Trust us, though. If you're looking for potential political stars in Florida, keep an eye on Mike Scionti (more here). And keep him in your prayers.

--Times staff

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:41am]


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