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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. Tallahassee gift 'ban' no end for freebies

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      The chief advocate of a 2005 gift ban prohibiting Florida lawmakers from having meals, drinks and trips paid by special interests now has meals, drinks and trips indirectly paid by special interests.

    2. Will Weatherford won't run for U.S. Senate

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      Will Weatherford said Wednesday he will not run for Marco Rubio's U.S. Senate seat, citing family obligations.

    3. Vern Buchanan and Will Weatherford in no rush to decide on U.S. Senate

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      Vern Buchanan and Will Weatherford are both looking at the 2016 U.S. Senate seat likely to be vacated by Marco Rubio but are in no rush to make a decision.

    4. Out of office, Weatherford lingers near the public stage

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      How does he do it all?

      Just last month, former House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, announced that he and his brothers Sam and Drew were opening a What will he do next?

    5. King Ranch slips into history for GOP

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      This month marks the height of the hunting season at the majestic King Ranch in Texas, where some of Florida's top elected officials have visited courtesy of U.S Sugar.

    6. Weatherford's next chapter: 'strategic business advisory firm'

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      Weatherford and his brothers Sam and Drew, the former Florida State University quarterback, are calling their company “Weatherford Partners”. It will provide clients “with a broad range of business expertise and will invest capital directly into private companies with a strategic focus on …

    7. 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.

    8. 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.

    9. 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.