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Joe Negron is officially Sen. Negron

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Joe Negron just got sworn into the Florida Senate, replacing longtime lawmaker Ken Pruitt, the fellow Republican who left his Treasure Coast seat in August -- with more than a year left in his term.

Negron, a budget whiz, served in the Florida House from 2000 to 2006 -- the last two as appropriations chairman. This morning, joined by his wife, parents and in-laws, he sounded a lot like the optimistic Gov. Charlie Crist in his sunny outlook of Florida's potential.

"I believe Florida's best days are ahead of us," said Negron, R-St. Lucie. "I believe our constituents are resilient, strong. If we give them the power and the tools, we'll see a state we can all be proud of."

Sitting in the Senate chamber and gallery watching the swearing-in were a number of elected and state officials and lobbyists, including Crist, Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp and AHCA head Holly Benson, who served with Negron in the House.

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[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 3:21pm]

    

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