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Meet the Florida Senate’s newest member: Lori Berman

Berman beat Republican Tami Donnally in an April special election to replace former state senator Jeff Clemens.
Lori Berman.
Published Apr. 24, 2018
Updated Apr. 24, 2018

Lantana Democrat Lori Berman's special election victory for a Palm Beach County Senate district, which moved her up from the Florida House, was quickly certified Tuesday.

The Elections Canvassing Commission — comprised of Gov. Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi and Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis — certified the April 10 election results in which Berman defeated Lake Worth Republican Tami Donnally. Secretary of State Ken Detzner oversaw the brief telephonic meeting in which all three members of the commission participated.

Berman captured 75 percent of the vote for the Democratic-leaning Senate District 31 seat that was vacated in October by Jeff Clemens, a Lake Worth Democrat who stepped down after admitting to an extramarital affair with a lobbyist.

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Berman's Senate term will expire after the 2020 legislative session. Less than 10 percent of the 312,967 registered voters in the district participated in the special general election, according to the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections website.

Berman's District 90 Palm Beach County House seat will be filled in the November general election. Berman's election to the 40-member Senate leaves the upper chamber with one empty chair.

The lone vacancy, District 16 in Pinellas and Pasco counties, will be filled in November. Former Sen. Jack Latvala, a Republican from Clearwater, resigned from the seat in December, following a sexual-harassment investigation.

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