Meet Hillsborough County's new lawmakers
Hillsborough County has four freshmen lawmakers in the legislative session that starts Tuesday:
Dan Raulerson, R-Plant City: Raulerson's a conservative guy and certified public accountant. He wants more flexibility and less redundancy. His bills focus on eliminating unnecessary requirements, downsizing government, and making it easy for citizens to know and follow the rules. Story here.
Mark Danish, D-Tampa: Danish, 59, is a seventh-grade science teacher who has been traveling back and forth to Tallahassee for committee meetings the last two months, said he's enjoying the detail work and eager for the session to start Tuesday. "It's absolutely exciting for me. It's been a tremendous learning experience.'' Story here.
Jake Raburn, R-Lithia: Raburn had been in the chamber before — the 28-year-old served as a Senate page a few years ago — but walking into the cavernous room as an elected official made it impossible to ignore the magnitude of his new position. "It was an overwhelming feeling of gratitude and also very humbling," Raburn said. Story here.
Ross Spano, R-Dover: As a "small-business guy" and attorney, Spano considered himself a busy person. But since taking office, his schedule has redefined the term jam-packed. In Tallahassee, Spano said he engages in back-to-back meetings about every 15 minutes. "You're jumping from one topic to the next, and each topic you're expected to have some awareness of and knowledge about it and to know which direction you're heading on it and what you believe . . ." he said. Spano, 46, pledged to read each bill he votes on — in its entirety — plus the staff analysis. Story here.