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Will Weatherford called a 'state legislator to watch'

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July

House Speaker-designate Will Weatherford is a state lawmaker with a "long future," according to a list in Governing magazine by Louis Jacobson, who is also a staff writer for PolitiFact. The list highlights lawmakers with a good chance of "winning higher office at the state or federal level."

Jacobson highlights Weatherford's connections (his father in law is former House Speaker Allan Bense) and the fact that he's well liked by both Democratic and Republican colleagues. The 31-year-old Land O'Lakes native also chairs the House Redistricting committee that will set the template for political boundaries in Florida for the next decade.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 12:30pm]

    

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