Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

The Rookies: Humble Raulerson looks to reduce government, earn respect

Dan Raulerson, R-Plant City, represents District 58. He begins his first day in the state Legislature on Tuesday.

Dan Raulerson, R-Plant City, represents District 58. He begins his first day in the state Legislature on Tuesday.

PLANT CITY — If you ask Rep. Dan Raulerson, R-Plant City, what his role is, he won't say legislator. He views himself as an independent contractor of sorts. His main job? To create wiggle room.

"I don't see myself as being a part of the government, okay? I'm there to make sure the government is doing what it's supposed to be doing, and to make laws that make sense," Raulerson said as he leaned back in his desk chair at his Plant City district office, hands locked behind his head, leg braced against the desk. "I'm not there to be part of the culture. I'm not there to advocate for the government. I'm there as a watchdog. So, I'm a normal Joe, just like anybody else."

Except, he's not, really. Before his election, Raulerson, 55, served as mayor of Plant City and as a city commissioner. He spent time in Tallahassee years ago working as a campaign manager. Now, before his first legislative session has even started, he has been named one of four deputy majority whips. He admits it's an honor, but tries to brush it off in his standard, self-deprecating manner.

"I'm big and ugly and they need big, ugly guys to go around and whip people," he quipped. "I dunno why they chose me, I'm just really honored they did."

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.

"I want to help them control their own destiny," he said.

In addition to his allotted six bills, he's filing six repealer bills, legislation that deletes provisions of the Florida Statutes, the laws of Florida. Such bills are right in line with his desire to eliminate unnecessary oversight. Too many rules can immobilize progress in society, he said.

"These are what I live for," he said. "That's my mission in life up there, to repeal. It's not to add legislation, unless it's necessary . . . If I can streamline the process in Tallahassee, that would be greater than having an impact on education or tax and finance."

And then there's the bill that helps establish a system for selecting the state's poet laureate.

"I thought it'd be kind of a nice twist, something a little different," he said.

How different? He plans on introducing it in the form of a poem.

Caitlin Johnston can be reached at cjohnston@tampabay.com or (813) 225-3111.

The Rookies: Humble Raulerson looks to reduce government, earn respect 03/01/13 [Last modified: Friday, March 1, 2013 6:39pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Actor John Heard dies at age 72

    Blogs

    John Heard, who played so many roles in the '80s but was probably best known as the dad in the Home Alone movies, has died, according to media reports. He was 72.

  2. Linkin Park cancel tour, including Tampa concert, after death of singer Chester Bennington

    Blogs

    This news is not a surprise, but it is now official: Linkin Park has canceled their upcoming North American tour following this week's death of singer Chester Bennington.

    Linkin Park's Chester Bennington
  3. Nurse backs Kriseman in St. Pete mayor's race

    Blogs

    Council member Karl Nurse has endorsed Mayor Rick Kriseman.

    St. Petersburg mayor Rick Kriseman, left, is seen with Karl Nurse in the combination of two images.
  4. Spring Hill woman, 24, dies when car hits tree in Pasco County

    Accidents

    LAND O' LAKES — A 24-year-old woman died early Saturday morning after her Hyundai Elantra hit a tree, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

  5. Florida Insiders: We'll find out soon whether Adam Putnam has a glass jaw

    Blogs

    This month's Florida Insider Poll questions: Who would be the strongest Democratic/Republican nominee for governor? Whom do you expect will win the Democratic/Republican gubernatorial nomination? Which party …

    Florida Insider polls are unscientific surveys of Florida political operatives, money-raisers, lobbyists, political scientists, recovering journalists, activists, and the like