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Tiger Bay Club honors former Tampa lawmakers Arthenia Joyner, John Grant

The political group lauded the Democrat and Republican for finding common ground on education issues.
Former Florida lawmakers Arthenia Joyner and John Grant will be honored with the 2021 Lifetime achievement Award from the Tampa Tiger Bay Club.
Former Florida lawmakers Arthenia Joyner and John Grant will be honored with the 2021 Lifetime achievement Award from the Tampa Tiger Bay Club. [ Times, Tampa Estate Planners ]
Published Jun. 17
Updated Jun. 17

TAMPA — Two former Florida lawmakers will receive a lifetime achievement award Monday for a history of finding common ground on education issues despite their political differences.

The Tampa Tiger Bay Club will present the fifth annual award to former Democratic state Sen. Arthenia Joyner and former Republican state Sen. John Grant, both of Tampa.

Joyner served six years in the Florida House and 10 years in the Senate. She was the first black woman to practice law in Hillsborough and Polk counties. The Arthenia L. Joyner University Area Community Library is named for her.

Grant served seven years in the Florida House and 14 years in the Senate. A Tampa lawyer, he is vice chairman of the Florida Commission on Ethics.

Joyner will be introduced at the award ceremony by former Tampa mayor and fellow Democrat Bob Buckhorn. Grant will be introduced by his son, also a Republican, who represented the same House District his father did.

The event is 6 p.m. Monday at the Cuban Club in Ybor City. It is open to the public and tickets are $60.

Previous recipients of the lifetime achievement award include former Gov. Bob Martinez, former state House Speaker Terrell Sessums, former U.S. Rep. Mike Bilirakis and former state Education Commissioner Betty Castor.

The Tampa Tiger Bay Club is a non-partisan political group that presents discussions on important issues and candidates running for office.