Freshman Rep. Richard Corcoran's clout pays off
Richard Corcoran likes to say he grew up in the state House of Representatives.
His first job out of school was as a research assistant for House Republicans. He worked as a GOP staffer and as an adviser to a number of House members. He was chief of staff to Marco Rubio when the U.S. Senator served as state House speaker.
So when Corcoran, the new House District 45 representative, arrived in Tallahassee with 33 other freshmen Republicans, he didn't have to bother learning his way around. Instead, last month, six weeks before the start of the regular session, Corcoran locked up a promotion for 2017 and 2018: Speaker of the House, one of the most powerful positions in state government. Read Jodie Tillman's story here.