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WILL WEATHERFORD

William W. Weatherford

    Will Weatherford is the 84th speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, a Republican first elected in 2006 representing parts of Pasco and Hillsborough counties. He is the youngest speaker in recent Florida history. Weatherford wasn’t on the ballot in 2006 but was elected because the GOP nominated him to replace Ken Littlefield, who was appointed to the Public Service Commission.

    Weatherford was born Nov. 14, 1979, in Dallas, Texas. He graduated from Jacksonville University and worked as a real estate broker and aide to House Speaker Allan Bense before getting elected. He is married to Bense's daughter, Courtney, and they live in Wesley Chapel with three daughters.

    1. Hill + Knowlton hires Weatherford spokesman Ryan Duffy

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      Ryan Duffy, who served as the communications director for Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford the last two years, is joining the Tallahassee public relations firm Hill + Knowlton Strategies.

    2. After Weatherford ultimatum, Pasco sheriff and PHSC strike agreement

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      At the urging of House Speaker Will Weatherford, the Legislature put language in the stated budget intended to end an ongoing dispute between the Pasco County Sheriff's Office and the Pasco-Hernando State College about management of the law enforcement academy they share.

    3. Why won't the Florida GOP talk about King Ranch?

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      On a Friday in February 2013, Gov. Rick Scott stepped aboard a Texas-bound plane to take part in a secret ritual for Florida's power elite.

    4. Redistricting trial: Presiding officers defend secret deals as 'entirely proper' secrecy

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      Senate President Don Gaetz testified under oath Wednesday that it was “entirely proper” for him to meet in secret with House Speaker Will Weatherford to reach a deal over a congressional map as part of the Legislature’s once-a-decade redistricting process.

    5. Weatherford leaves behind uneven legacy as House Speaker

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      As he looks ahead to an uncertain future, Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford wants to be remembered as a compassionate conservative who promoted the hopes of the working class with measures like lower auto tag fees for all and in-state tuition for undocumented children.

    6. Sunshine

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      Good morning. It's Monday, May 5, 2014, and evidently one of the main goals of this year's lawmaking in our giant, important, complicated state was to re-elect Rick Scott.

    7. Florida Republicans use session for image makeover (w/video)

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      TALLAHASSEE — The Republican-led Legislature in a blue presidential state comes out of a 60-day session with an image makeover that leaders describe as compassionately conservative.

      House speaker-designate Steve Crisafulli, left, and Speaker Will Weatherford watch members before the start of a debate Friday.
    8. Weatherford takes himself out of the running for RPOF chair

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      Weatherford: I’m honestly enjoying the moment of finishing off the session. If you had told me 10 years ago that I’d get to be Speaker of the House, I wouldn’t have believed you. To get a chance at sine die with a man of this character (Gaetz) and celebrate two years of sessions of real work is a …

    9. Death Watch: Time is up for Weatherford's pension reform

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      Before breaking for lunch, the Florida Senate voted 21-15 on Wednesday against considering a House bill that is one of Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford's top priorities.

      Left- Florida Senator Wilton Simpson, R- Trilby, listens as Senator Arthenia Joyner, D- Tampa, right, questions him in debate on State pension reform, Wednesday, April 30, 2014.