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Who's who among the new Tallahassee legislators

TALLAHASSEE — The youngest is 28, the oldest 66. They are teachers, real estate agents, attorneys, entrepreneurs and farmers. And in their spare time, they fly planes, play guitar, raise sheep, write screenplays and go to their kids' ball games.

These are the faces of the 59 new members of the Florida Legislature.

The freshman House class of 44 members is tied for the second-largest ever since term limits took effect in 2000. (There were also 44 new members in 2010 and 2008, and the record is 63 in 2000.)

The freshman Senate class of 15 members, meanwhile, ranks in size behind only the freshmen classes of 2002 and 2010.

In total, the new group of legislators includes nearly the same number of Democrats and Republicans, though 10 of the 15 new senators are Republican.

"We're a broad range of ages and backgrounds," said Rep. Cary Pigman, R-Avon Park, who like the majority of new representatives is serving in elected office for the first time.

Pasco County egg farmer Wilton Simpson holds a special distinction: He was unchallenged in his first bid for Senate and was elected without a vote.

Rep. Mark Danish, D-Tampa, said his desire to serve derives from his role as a middle-school science teacher. "I want to extend that and make a difference. There's a lengthy priority list," he said, citing a proposal to create a homeowner's bill of rights, to addressing local transportation issues.

Another new legislator, Rep. Richard Stark, D-Weston, notes that he, and likely other officials whose homes are hundreds of miles from Tallahassee, "feel a little like college freshmen on their first semester away from home."

But there's much to keep this freshman class busy as they get up to speed on complex issues facing the Legislature this year. "We're eager to do the work," said Rep. Michael Clelland, D-Lake Mary. "We're not jaded by the process."

(Note: Net worth is as of July 2012.)

Joseph Abruzzo

D-West Palm Beach

Age: 32

District: 25

(part of Palm Beach)

Occupation: businessman

Net worth: $142,498

Earlier served in: House

Aaron Bean

R-Fernandina Beach

Age: 46


4 (Nassau, part of Duval)

Occupation: banker

Net worth: $544,310

Earlier served in: House

Rob Bradley

R-Fleming Island

Age: 42

District: 7 (Alachua, Bradford,


Occupation: attorney

Net worth: $1,419,104

Jeff Brandes

R-St. Petersburg

Age: 36

District: 22 (parts of Hillsborough, Pinellas)

Occupation: real estate

Net worth: $10,354,868

Earlier served in: House

Dwight Bullard


Age: 36

District: 39

(Hendry and

Monroe and parts of Collier and Miami-Dade)

Occupation: teacher

Net worth: $25,500

Earlier served in: House

Jeff Clemens

D-Lake Worth

Age: 42

District: 27

(part of Palm Beach)

Occupation: energy


Net worth: $26,700

Earlier served in: House

Bill Galvano


Age: 46


(DeSoto, Glades and Hardee, and parts of Charlotte, Highlands, Hillsborough and Manatee)

Occupation: attorney

Net worth: $1,496,898

Earlier served in: House

Dorothy Hukill

R-Port Orange

Age: 66

District: 8

(parts of Lake, Marion,


Occupation: attorney

Net worth: $54,883

Earlier served in: House

Tom Lee


Age: 51

District: 24 (part of Hillsborough)

Occupation: home builder

Net worth: $3,170,138

Earlier served in: Senate

John Legg


Age: 37

District: 17 (parts of Hillsborough, Pasco)



Net worth: $89,912

Earlier served in: House

Wilton Simpson


Age: 46

District: 18 (Hernando, and parts of Pasco, Sumter)

Occupation: egg farmer, businessman

Net worth: $12,270,951

Darren Soto


Age: 34


14 (parts of Orange, Osceola, Polk)

Occupation: attorney

Net worth: —$75,142

Earlier served in: House

Kelli Stargel


Age: 46

District: 15 (parts of Orange, Osceola, Polk)

Occupation: investment property


Net worth: $99,182

Earlier served in: House

Geraldine F. Thompson, D-Orlando

Age: 64

District: 12 (part

of Orange)

Occupation: museum founder

Net worth: $658,324

Earlier served in: House

Bruce Antone


Age: 52

District: 46 (part of Orange)

Occupation: consultant

Net worth: $150,000

Earlier served in: House

Halsey Beshears


Age: 41

District: 7 (Calhoun, Franklin, Gulf, Jefferson, Lafayette, Liberty,

Madison, Taylor, Wakulla, part of Leon)

Occupation: nursery grower

Net worth: $619,765

Randolph Bracy


Age: 35

District: 45

(part of Orange)


business development consultant

Net worth: $2,573

Karen Castor




Age: 44

District: 30

(parts of Orange,


Occupation: teacher

Net worth: $265,894

Michael Philip


D-Lake Mary

Age: 49

District: 29

(part of Seminole County)

Occupation: attorney

Net worth: $203,000

Neil Combee

R-Polk City

Age: 53

District: 39 (parts of Osceola, Polk)

Occupation: agribusiness, real estate sales

Net worth: $517,674

W. Travis Cummings

R-Orange Park

Age: 40

District: 18 (part of Clay)

Occupation: business owner, insurance, employee benefits consulting

Net worth: $604,642

Mark Danish


Age: 58


63 (part of Hillsborough)



Net worth: $239,254

Manny Diaz Jr.


Age: 39

District: 103

(parts of Broward, Miami-Dade)

Occupation: school administrator

Net worth: — $20,800

Dwight Dudley

D-St. Petersburg

Age: 58

District: 68 (part of Pinellas County)



Net worth: $417,978

Dane Eagle

R-Cape Coral

Age: 29

District: 77

(part of Lee)



estate broker

Net worth: $35,231

Katie A. Edwards


Age: 31

District: 98 (part of Broward County)



Net worth: —$111,574

Mike Fasano

R-New Port Richey

Age: 54

District: 36 (part of Pasco)


hospital director of public affairs

Net worth: $1,262,558

Earlier served in: Senate

Heather Dawes


R-Fort Myers

Age: 52

District: 78 (part of Lee County)

Occupation: attorney

Net worth: $558,552

Dave Hood Jr.

R-Daytona Beach Shores

Age: 58

District: 25 (part of Volusia County)



Net worth: $246,500

Travis Hutson


Age: 28

District: 24 (Flagler, parts of St. Johns and Volusia)

Occupation: real estate agent

Net worth: $6,689,629

Shevrin D. Jones

D-West Park

Age: 29

District: 101 (part of

Broward County)

Occupation: community relations

Net worth: $150,000

Dave Kerner

D-Lake Worth

Age: 29

District: 87 (part of Palm Beach County)

Occupation: attorney

Net worth:

— $54,613

Mike La Rosa

R-St. Cloud

Age: 30

District: 42 (parts of Osceola, Polk)

Occupation: real estate brokerage, development

Net worth: $579,699

Larry Lee Jr.

D-Port St. Lucie

Age: 59

District: 84 (part of St. Lucie)

Occupation: insurance agent

Net worth: $2,546,233

MaryLynn Magar, R-Tequesta

Age: 49

District: 82 (parts of Martin, Palm Beach)


business owner

Net worth: $1,886,458

Kionne L. McGhee


Age: 35

District: 117 (part

of Miami-Dade)

Occupation: attorney

Net worth: —$49,760

Jared Evan


D-Coral Springs

Age: 32

District: 97 (part of


Occupation: general counsel, environmental firm

Net worth: $299,641

Kathleen Peters, R-South Pasadena

Age: 51

District: 69 (part of Pinellas)


public affairs

Net worth: $244,994

Cary Pigman

R-Avon Park

Age: 54

District: 55 (Glades, Highlands, Okeechobee, part of St. Lucie)

Occupation: emergency physician

Net worth: $529,566

Bobby Powell

D-Riviera Beach

Age: 31

District: 88 (part of Palm Beach)

Occupation: urban and regional planner

Net worth: $11,482

Sharon Pritchett

D-Miami Gardens

Age: 61

District: 102 (parts of Broward, Miami-Dade)

Occupation: retired chief investigator

Net worth: $170,000

Jake Raburn


Age: 28

District: 57 (part of Hillsborough)

Occupation: agricultural marketing/farming

Net worth: — $51,564

Kevin Rader

D-Delray Beach

Age: 44

District: 81 (part of Palm Beach)

Occupation: insurance agent/business owner

Net worth: $913,975

Earlier served in: House

Ricardo Rangel


Age: 35

District: 43 (part of Osceola)


retired U.S. Army finance manager

Net worth: 0

Holly Merrill

Raschein, R-Key Largo

Age: 32

District: 120


part of Miami-Dade)

Occupation: consultant

Net worth: $4,000

Dan Raulerson

R-Plant City

Age: 55

District: 58 (part of Hillsborough)

Occupation: certified public accountant

Net worth: $1,245,142

David Richardson, D-Miami Beach

Age: 55

District: 113 (part of Miami-Dade)

Occupation: certified public accountant

Net worth: $3,465,607

Ray Rodrigues


Age: 42

District: 76 (part of Lee County)


college budget manager

Net worth: $14,928

José Javier

Rodríguez, D-Miami

Age: 34

District: 112 (part of Miami-Dade)



Net worth: —$22,543

David Santiago


Age: 42

District: 27 (part of Volusia)

Occupation: financial


Net worth: $92,725

Joe Saunders


Age: 29

District: 49 (part of Orange County)

Occupation: community organizer

Net worth: $21,727

Ross Spano


Age: 46

District: 59 (part of




Net worth: $731,368

Richard Stark


Age: 60

District: 104 (part

of Broward)

Occupation: owns insurance agency

Net worth: $1,827,375

Linda Stewart


Age: 64

District: 47 (part of Orange)

Occupation: community activist

Net worth: $797,149

Charlie Stone


Age: 65

District: 22 (Levy, part of Marion County)


president/owner petroleum product company

Net worth: $473,600

Victor M. Torres Jr.


Age: 65



(part of Orange County)

Occupation: retired

Net worth: $30,847

Clovis Watson Jr.


Age: 54

District: 20 (parts of Alachua, Marion counties)

Occupation: retired city manager

Net worth: $1,260,100

Carl Zimmermann

D-Palm Harbor

Age: 61

District: 65 (part of Pinellas County)

Occupation: teacher/TV broadcast journalism

Net worth: $88,627

Denise Grimsley


Age: 53 District: 21 (Okee-chobee, parts of Highlands, Martin, Osceola, Polk and St. Lucie)

Occupation: registered nurse

Net worth: $585,023

Earlier served in: House

Who's who among the new Tallahassee legislators 02/09/13 [Last modified: Monday, February 11, 2013 5:00pm]
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