Miami-Dade Legislative Delegation announces new leaders for 2016 session
Reps. Jose Felix Diaz and Jose Javier Rodriguez will lead Miami-Dade County's legislative delegation for the 2016 session that begins in January, the delegation announced today.
Diaz, R-Miami, will serve as chairman, replacing Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami. Diaz spent the past four years as the delegation's vice-chairman.
Rodriguez, D-Miami, will succeed him in that post.
Both were elected unanimously by the 24-member group, which Diaz called "a surreal honor."
"Miami-Dade's delegation is the strongest, largest, and most united delegation in our great state," Diaz said. "We hope this will be indicative of our delegation's willingness to usher in a new era of cooperation and statesmanship."
The delegation has 13 Republicans and 11 Democrats between the county's six Senate and 18 House seats. The chairman and vice-chairman, elected annually, spearhead the delegation's legislative agenda and priorities.
Photo credit: State Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, R-Miami. Courtesy of myfloridahouse.gov