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JD Alexander
Republican 17
412 Senate Office Bldg.
(850) 487-5044
alexander.jd.web@flsenate.gov

Committee Assignments
Agriculture
Banking and Insurance
Budget
Budget Sub Trans. Tourism, & Eco.Dev. Appropriations
Budget Subcommittee on Finance and Tax
Education Pre-K - 12
Rules
Rules Subcommittee on Ethics and Elections
Legislative Budget Commission

JD Alexander

Personal Information
Born: Born July 16, 1959, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Moved to Florida: 1961
Religious Affiliation: Presbyterian
Education: University of Florida, B.S., Agriculture, 1981
Occupation: Citrus grower
Spouse: Cindy Monroe of Augusta, GA
Children: Britton, Keaton
History: Ben Hill Griffin, Jr., grandfather, Florida House of Representatives 1956-1963, Senate 1965-1968

Thad Altman
Republican 24
314 Senate Office Bldg.
(850) 487-5053
altman.thad.web@flsenate.gov

Committee Assignments
Budget
Budget Subcommittee on Higher Education Appropriations
Budget Subcommittee on Finance and Tax
Communications, Energy and Public Utilities
Health Regulation
Military Affairs, Space and Domestic Security
Regulated Industries

Thad Altman

Personal Information
Born: September 8, 1955, Macon, GA
Moved to Florida: 1957
Religious Affiliation: Christian
Education: Rollins College, B.S.
University of Houston
Brevard Community College, A.A.
Occupation: Contractor/Consultant
Spouse: Mary Pat Altman of Rockledge, FL
Children: Hunter, McKenzie, Sullivan

Lizbeth Benacquisto
Republican 27
326 Senate Office Bldg.
(850) 487-5356
benacquisto.lizbeth.web@flsenate.gov

Committee Assignments
Budget
Budget Sub.on Gen.Government Appropriations
Budget Sub Trans. Tourism, & Eco.Dev. Appropriations
Communications, Energy and Public Utilities
Governmental Oversight and Accountability
Education Pre-K - 12
Reapportionment
Transportation

Lizbeth Benacquisto

Personal Information
Born: December 23, 1967 in Rockville Centre, New York
Moved to Florida: 1978
Religious Affiliation: Catholic
Education: Palm Beach Atlantic University, B.A.
Occupation: Realtor; Marketing and Special Events Consultant
Children: Austin, Gabriella, A.J.

Mike Bennett
Republican 21
404 Senate Office Bldg.
(850) 487-5078
bennett.mike.web@flsenate.gov

Committee Assignments
Banking and Insurance
Budget Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations
Budget Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development Appropriations
Community Affairs
Health Regulation
Military Affairs, Space and Domestic Security

Mike Bennett

Personal Information
Born: January 1,1945, Brainard, Minnesota
Moved to Florida: 1955
Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Education: Drake University, B.A., 1975, M.B.A., 1976
Occupation: Electrical Contractor
Spouse: Diane M.
Military Service: 1963-1967 U.S. Navy, 4 Tours Vietnam

Ellyn Setnor Bogdanoff
Republican 25
212 Senate Office Bldg.
(850) 487-5100
bogdanoff.ellyn.web@flsenate.gov

Committee Assignments
Banking and Insurance
Budget
Budget Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development Appropriations
Budget Subcommittee on Finance and Tax
Communications, Energy and Public Utilities
Governmental Oversight and Accountability
Judiciary

Ellyn Setnor Bogdanoff

Personal Information
Born: October 17, 1959 in North Miami, Florida
Moved to Florida:
Religious Affiliation: Jewish
Education: Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law School, J.D., 2003
University of Florida, B.S. Insurance/Risk Management, 1980
Occupation: Attorney
Spouse: Steve Bogdanoff
Children: Matthew, Alec, Danna

Larcenia J. Bullard
Democrat 39
218 Senate Office Bldg.
(850) 487-5127
bullard.larcenia.web@flsenate.gov

Committee Assignments
Agriculture
Budget Subcommittee on General Government Appropriations
Budget Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development Appropriations
Education Pre-K - 12
Military Affairs, Space and Domestic Security
Reapportionment
Rules
Transportation

Larcenia J. Bullard

Personal Information
Born: July 21, 1947 in Allendale, South Carolina.
Moved to Florida: 1980
Religious Affiliation: Baptized Baptist, but presently practicing Episcopalian
Education: Nova University, M.S., 1991
Antioch University, B.A., 1973
Occupation: Former teacher and administrator, education consultant, community activist
Spouse: Former Representative Edward B. Bullard
Children: Vincent, Dwight, Edwina (Gavin)
Grandchildren: Vinicia, Myles, Mylicia
History: First Woman elected to Florida House District 118 in 1992;
Edward B. Bullard, husband, Florida House of Representatives, 2000-2008;
Dwight M. Bullard, son, Florida House of Representatives, 2008-present

Charles S. ''Charlie'' Dean
Republican 3
302 Senate Office Bldg.
(850) 487-5017
dean.charles.web@flsenate.gov

Committee Assignments
Budget Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development Appropriations
Criminal Justice
Environmental Preservation and Conservation
Governmental Oversight and Accountability
Reapportionment
Regulated Industries

Charles S. ''Charlie'' Dean

Personal Information
Born: May 31, 1939 in Jacksonville, Florida
Moved to Florida:
Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Education: Rollins College, M.S., Criminal Justice, 1976
Florida State University, B.S., Criminology-Police Administration, 1963
Central Florida Community College, A.A., 1962
Occupation: Sheriff, Retired; Cattleman; Consultant
Spouse: Judy Baxter of Columbia, TN
Children: Shannon Wright; Charles S., Jr.
Grandchildren:
History: Father, Charles S. Dean, Citrus County Sheriff 1928-1945
Mother, Rema Y. Dean, City Clerk, Inverness, FL 1956-1974
Military Service: U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, 5 1/2 years

Nancy Detert
Republican 23
318 Senate Office Bldg.
(850) 487-5081
detert.nancy.web@flsenate.gov

Committee Assignments
Budget Subcommittee on Education Pre-K - 12 Appropriations
Budget Subcommittee on Higher Education Appropriations
Children, Families and Elder Affairs
Commerce and Tourism
Environmental Preservation and Conservation
Reapportionment
Rules Subcommittee on Ethics and Elections

Nancy Detert

Personal Information
Born: October 22, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois
Moved to Florida: 1978
Religious Affiliation: Catholic
Education: Attended Sienna Heights College
Occupation: Owner, Primary Creative Solutions
Spouse:
Children: Mark, Bryan, Jamie
Grandchildren:
History: Related to Charles Carroll, signer of the Declaration of Independence
Military Service:

Miguel Diaz de la Portilla
Republican 36
312 Senate Office Bldg.
(850) 487-5109
portilla.miguel.web@flsenate.gov

Committee Assignments
Budget Subcommittee on General Government Appropriations
Budget Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development Appropriations
Communications, Energy and Public Utilities
Health Regulation
Reapportionment
Regulated Industries
Rules Subcommittee on Ethics and Elections

Miguel Diaz de la Portilla

Personal Information
Born: January 30, 1963 in Miami, Florida
Moved to Florida:
Religious Affiliation: Christian
Education: University of Miami Law School, J.D., 1987; University of Miami, B.A., Cum Laude, Philosophy and English Literature, 1984
Occupation: Attorney
Spouse: Mari of Miami
Children: Michael Alexander, Jon-Christian, Mary Ester
Grandchildren:
History: Grandfather, Angel Pio de la Portilla, deceased, mentor and inspiration for social and political involvement;
paternal great-grandfather served in Cuban Senate, while two of his sons served simultaneously in the Cuban House of Representatives;
maternal great-grandfather served as Cuban Minister of Justice (Attorney General);
long family history of political and civic involvement in Cuba and the United States, including brothers Renier, former State Representative and current elected member of the Miami-Dade School Board, and Alex, former member of the Florida House of Representatives and former member of the Florida Senate - Senate Majority Leader 2008-2010.

Paula Dockery
Republican 15224
Senate Office Bldg.
(850) 487-5040
dockery.paula.web@flsenate.gov

Committee Assignments
Budget Subcommittee on Education Pre-K - 12 Appropriations
Commerce and Tourism
Community Affairs
Criminal Justice
Rules Subcommittee on Ethics and Elections

Paula Dockery

Personal Information
Born: June 6, 1961 in Queens, New York
Moved to Florida: 1968
Religious Affiliation: Catholic
Education: University of Florida, B.A., Political Science, 1983, M.A., Mass Communications, 1987
Student Senate, O'Connell Center Board of Managers, Affairs & Ethics Committee Chair, Graduate Teaching Assistant
Occupation: Citrus and cattle
Spouse: C.C.

Greg Evers
Republican 2
308 Senate Office Bldg.

Committee Assignments
Budget Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations
Budget Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development Appropriations
Communications, Energy and Public Utilities
Criminal Justice
Reapportionment
Rules Subcommittee on Ethics and Elections
Transportation


(850) 487-5000
evers.greg.web@flsenate.gov

Greg Evers

Personal Information
Born: June 16, 1955; Milton, Florida
Moved to Florida:
Religious Affiliation: Southern Baptist
Education: Pensacola Junior College
Occupation: Farmer/Small Businessman
Spouse: Lori Weems
Children: Stephanie Evers Barlow, Jennifer Evers Wallace, Rob Evers
Grandchildren: Alli, Rex
History: John Wilkinson, cousin, (Whig), Legislative Council House, Santa Rosa, 1844, and House, Santa Rosa, 1848-1850 and 1860
John Wilkinson, Jr., cousin, (Democrat), House, Santa Rosa, 1885, and Senate, District 1, 1889
A. J. Peaden, cousin, (Democrat), House, Santa Rosa, 1905, 1907, 1909
R. W. Peaden, cousin, (Democrat), House, District 2, 1972-1976
John W. Kennedy, great-uncle, Chair, Okaloosa County Commission
Durell Peaden, Jr., cousin (Republican), Florida Senate, District 2, 2000-2010; Florida House of Representatives, District 1, 1994-2000

Mike Fasano
Republican 11
406 Senate Office Bldg.
(850) 487-5062
fasano.mike.web@flsenate.gov

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Committee Assignments
Banking and Insurance
Budget
Budget Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations
Budget Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development Appropriations
Communications, Energy and Public Utilities
Governmental Oversight and Accountability
Health Regulation
Reapportionment

Mike Fasano

Personal Information
Born: June 11, 1958, Long Island, New York
Moved to Florida: 1971
Religious Affiliation: Catholic
Education: Attended St. Petersburg Junior College, 1987-1990
Occupation: Associate Vice President for Investments, Morgan Stanley
Director of Community & Legal Affairs, Florida Hospital Zephyrhills

Anitere Flores
Republican 38
316 Senate Office Bldg.
(850) 487-5130
flores.anitere.web@flsenate.gov

Committee Assignments
Budget
Budget Subcommittee on Education Pre-K - 12 Appropriations
Commerce and Tourism
Communications, Energy and Public Utilities
Governmental Oversight and Accountability
Judiciary
Reapportionment
Rules

Anitere Flores

Personal Information
Born: September 8, 1976; Miami
Moved to Florida:
Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic
Education: University of Florida, J.D., 2001
Florida International University, B.A., 1997
Occupation: Attorney / Director of Community Partnerships (FIU)
Spouse: Dustin Anderson of Sarasota, FL
Children: Máximo Monte Anderson

Don Gaetz
Republican 4
420 Senate Office Bldg.
(850) 487-5009
gaetz.don.web@flsenate.gov

Committee Assignments
Budget
Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services Appropriations
Budget Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development Appropriations
Commerce and Tourism
Health Regulation
Reapportionment
Rules
Rules Subcommittee on Ethics and Elections
Legislative Budget Commission

Don Gaetz

Personal Information
Born: January 22, 1948 in North Dakota
Moved to Florida: 1978
Religious Affiliation: Lutheran
Education: Troy State University, M.P.A.
Concordia College, B.A., Religion and Political Science
Occupation: Co-founder and Vice Chairman (retired) VITAS Healthcare Corporation
Spouse: Victoria Quertermous of Fort Walton Beach
Children: Matthew Louis, II; Erin Victoria

Rene Garcia
Republican 40
310 Senate Office Bldg.
(850) 487-5106
garcia.rene.web@flsenate.gov

Committee Assignments
Agriculture
Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services Appropriations
Governmental Oversight and Accountability
Health Regulation
Reapportionment
Transportation

Rene Garcia

Personal Information
Born: July 10, 1974 in Hialeah, Florida
Moved to Florida:
Religious Affiliation: Catholic
Education: University of Miami, M.P.A., Health Administration and Policy, 2004
Florida International University, B.S., Political Science, 1999
Occupation: Vice President of Community Relations for Dade Medical College

Andy Gardiner

Republican 9
330 Senate Office Bldg.
(850) 487-5047
gardiner.andy.web@flsenate.gov

Committee Assignments
Budget Subcommittee on Finance and Tax
Health Regulation
Reapportionment
Rules

Andy Gardiner

Personal Information
Born: January 23, 1969 in Orlando, Florida
Moved to Florida:
Religious Affiliation: Methodist
Education: Stetson University, B.S., Political Science and Psychology, 1992
Occupation: Director of Community and Business Relations, Orlando Health
Spouse: Camille Gardiner of Brooklyn, NY
Children: Andrew, Jr.; Joanna Lynn; Kathryn Lucille

Mike Haridopolos
Republican 26
409 Senate Office Bldg. (850) 487-5056 haridopolos.mike.web@flsenate.gov

Mike Haridopolos

Personal Information
Born: March 15, 1970 in Huntington, New York
Moved to Florida: 1990
Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Education: University of Arkansas, M.A., 1993
Stetson University, B.A., 1992
Occupation: College Professor, Author
Spouse: Stephanie Haridopolos, M.D. of Ft. Lauderdale
Children: Alexis, Hayden, Reagan

D. Alan Hays
Republican 20
324 Senate Office Bldg.
(850) 487-5014
hays.alan.web@flsenate.gov

Committee Assignments
Agriculture
Banking and Insurance
Budget
Budget Subcommittee on General Government Appropriations
Budget Subcommittee on Higher Education Appropriations
Children, Families and Elder Affairs
Reapportionment

D. Alan Hays

Personal Information
Born: March 12, 1946 in Henderson, Kentucky
Moved to Florida: 1950
Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Education: University of Florida, College of Dentistry, DMD, 1976
Class President and Professional Fraternity President
Connors State College, A.S., Drafting and Design, 1967
Occupation: Retired Dentist
Spouse: Jeanne Lease Hays of Winter Garden, FL
Children: JoAnn, Leslie, Nancy
Grandchildren:
History:
Military Service: US Coast Guard 1967-1970, E-6 Dental Technician

Anthony C. ''Tony'' Hill
Democrat 1
213 Senate Office Bldg.
(850) 487-5024
hill.tony.web@flsenate.gov

Committee Assignments
Budget Subcommittee on General Government Appropriations
Budget Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development Appropriations
Children, Families and Elder Affairs
Community Affairs
Military Affairs, Space and Domestic Security
Regulated Industries

Anthony C. ''Tony'' Hill

Personal Information
Born: September 9, 1957 in Jacksonville, Florida
Moved to Florida:
Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Education: National Labor College, B.A., Labor Studies, 2001
Attended Edward Waters College, 1995
Attended Lincoln University, 1975-1977
Occupation: Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 1199, Florida Community Organizer
Spouse: Patricia
Children: Anthony C., Jr.; Cicely; Tiffany; Eryn
Grandchildren: Shawn Green, Dari'elle Pates, Justice Robinson, Raekwon Robinson
History:
Military Service: U.S. Army, 1977-1983, Baumholder, West Germany, two honorable discharges

Dennis Jones
Republican 13
408 Senate Office Bldg.
(850) 487-5065
jones.dennis.web@flsenate.gov

Committee Assignments
Budget Subcommittee on General Government Appropriations
Environmental Preservation and Conservation
Health Regulation
Military Affairs, Space and Domestic Security
Regulated Industries
Rules

Dennis Jones

Personal Information
Born: April 5, 1941 in Erie, Pennsylvania
Moved to Florida: 1950
Religious Affiliation: Methodist
Education: Lincoln Chiropractic College, D.C., 1963
Attended St. Petersburg Junior College
Occupation: Vice President, Economic Development and Innovative Programs, St. Petersburg College
Spouse: Susan Davis, Ph.D. of Brandon
Children: Rod, D.C., Jill (deceased)
Grandchildren: Jacob, Jaxon, Jarod
History: Aaron Arnold, great-great-grandfather, Circuit Judge of Kane County, Pennsylvania, 1840s

Arthenia Joyner
Democrat 18
202 Senate Office Bldg.
(850) 487-5059
joyner.arthenia.web@flsenate.gov

Committee Assignments
Budget
Budget Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations
Budget Subcommittee on Higher Education Appropriations
Communications, Energy and Public Utilities
Judiciary
Rules Subcommittee on Ethics and Elections
Transportation

Arthenia Joyner

Personal Information
Born: February 3, 1943 in Lakeland, Florida
Moved to Florida:
Religious Affiliation: African Methodist Episcopal
Education: Florida A&M University College of Law, J.D., 1968
Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, B.S., Political Science, 1964
Occupation: Attorney; Public School Teacher, 1964-1965

Jack Latvala
Republican 16
405 Senate Office Bldg.
(850) 487-5075
latvala.jack.web@flsenate.gov

Jack Latvala
Committee Assignments
Budget Subcommittee on General Government Appropriations
Budget Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development Appropriations
Environmental Preservation and Conservation
Governmental Oversight and Accountability
Health Regulation
Reapportionment
Transportation

Jack Latvala

Personal Information
Born: November 3, 1951; Oxford, Mississippi
Moved to Florida: 1961
Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Education: Stetson University, B.A., 1973
Occupation: CEO/CGI Printing Services, Inc. d/b/a Gulf Coast Imprinting
Spouse:
Children: Christopher Latvala, Stephanie Latvala Courson
Grandchildren: Blake Courson, Sydni Courson

Evelyn J. Lynn
Republican 7
416 Senate Office Bldg.
(850) 487-5033
lynn.evelyn.web@flsenate.gov

Evelyn J. Lynn
Committee Assignments
Budget
Budget Subcommittee on Education Pre-K - 12 Appropriations
Budget Subcommittee on Higher Education Appropriations
Commerce and Tourism
Communications, Energy and Public Utilities
Higher Education
Reapportionment

Evelyn J. Lynn

Personal Information
Born: February 2, 1930, Astoria, New York. Moved to Florida
Moved to Florida:
Religious Affiliation: Methodist
Education: University of Florida, Ed.D., 1979
Stetson University, M.A., 1969
Queens College, B.A., 1950
Occupation: Legislator, Consultant
Spouse:
Children: Karen Jans, Robert Grimm
Grandchildren: Sara

Gwen Margolis
Democrat 35
414 Senate Office Bldg.
(850) 487-5121
margolis.gwen.web@flsenate.gov

Gwen Margolis
Committee Assignments
Banking and Insurance
Budget
Budget Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development Appropriations
Budget Subcommittee on Finance and Tax
Communications, Energy and Public Utilities
Criminal Justice
Governmental Oversight and Accountability
Reapportionment
Rules

Gwen Margolis
Personal Information
Born: October 4, 1934; Philadelphia, PA
Moved to Florida: 1960
Religious Affiliation: Jewish
Education: Temple University
Occupation: Real Estate Broker and Investor
Spouse:
Children: Edward, Ira, Karen, Robin
Grandchildren: Sarah, Jeffrey, Ariel, Jordan, Leah, Daniel, Jared

Bill Montford
Democrat 6
208 Senate Office Bldg.
(850) 487-5004
montford.bill.web@flsenate.gov

Bill Montford
Committee Assignments
Agriculture
Budget
Budget Subcommittee on Education Pre-K - 12 Appropriations
Budget Subcommittee on Higher Education Appropriations
Commerce and Tourism
Governmental Oversight and Accountability
Education Pre-K - 12
Reapportionment

Bill Montford
Personal Information
Born: August 22, 1947 in Marianna, Florida
Moved to Florida:
Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Education: Florida State University, B.S. 1969; M.S., 1971
Chipola Junior College, A.A., 1967
Occupation: CEO, Florida Association of District School Superintendents
Spouse: Jane Gard Montford of Tallahassee, FL
Children: Bill Montford, Katherine Montford Peters
Grandchildren: Jake, Henry, Wyatt, Ellie Jane

Joe Negron
Republican 28
306 Senate Office Bldg.
(850) 487-5088
negron.joe.web@flsenate.gov

Joe Negron
Committee Assignments
Banking and Insurance
Budget
Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services Appropriations
Communications, Energy and Public Utilities
Higher Education
Reapportionment
Rules
Legislative Budget Commission

Joe Negron
Personal Information
Born: October 9, 1961 in West Palm Beach, Florida
Moved to Florida:
Religious Affiliation: Protestant
Education: Stetson University, B.A.
Editor-in-Chief, Student newspaper
Emory University School of Law, J.D.
Harvard University, M.P.A.
Zuckerman Fellowship
Occupation: Attorney
Spouse: Rebecca Horton Negron of Hobe Sound, FL
Children: David, Jonathan, Becca

Jim Norman
Republican 12
214 Senate Office Bldg.
(850) 487-5068
norman.jim.web@flsenate.gov

Jim Norman
Committee Assignments
Budget Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development Appropriations
Budget Subcommittee on Finance and Tax
Community Affairs
Governmental Oversight and Accountability
Health Regulation
Regulated Industries
Administrative Procedures

Jim Norman
Personal Information
Born: September 3, 1953 in Jacksonville, Florida
Moved to Florida:
Religious Affiliation:
Education:
Occupation:
Spouse: Mearline

Steve Oelrich
Republican 14
418 Senate Office Bldg.
(850) 487-5020
oelrich.steve.web@flsenate.gov

Steve Oelrich
Committee Assignments
Banking and Insurance
Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services Appropriations
Budget Subcommittee on Higher Education Appropriations
Higher Education
Environmental Preservation and Conservation
Rules Subcommittee on Ethics and Elections

Steve Oelrich
Personal Information
Born: September 29, 1945 in Pensacola, Florida
Moved to Florida:
Religious Affiliation: Catholic
Education: Florida State University, B.S., 1970
FBI's Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar, U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Investigations School, FDLE Chief Executive Seminar graduate, Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute, Pinellas Police Academy
St. Petersburg Junior College, A.A., 1968
Occupation: Sheriff (retired)
Spouse: Rose Mary Treadway of Pensacola, FL
Children: Ivan, Kenneth, Nick (deceased)

Nan Rich
Democrat 34
228 Senate Office Bldg.
(850) 487-5103
rich.nan.web@flsenate.gov

Nan Rich
Committee Assignments
Budget
Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services Appropriations
Children, Families and Elder Affairs
Environmental Preservation and Conservation
Reapportionment
Regulated Industries
Rules Subcommittee on Ethics and Elections
Legislative Budget Commission

Nan Rich
Personal Information
Born: February 9, 1942, New York, NY
Moved to Florida: 1951
Religious Affiliation: Jewish
Education: Attended University of Florida, 1959-1961
Occupation: Legislator
Spouse: David Rich
Children: Laurie Rich Levinson, Larry, Marcie, Jennifer
Grandchildren: Daniel, Robert, Hannah

Garrett Richter
Republican 37
322 Senate Office Bldg.
(850) 487-5124
richter.garrett.web@flsenate.gov

Garrett Richter
Committee Assignments
Banking and Insurance
Budget
Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services Appropriations
Community Affairs
Judiciary
Rules
Rules Subcommittee on Ethics and Elections
Legislative Budget Commission

Garrett Richter
Personal Information
Born: August 1, 1950 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Moved to Florida: 1987
Religious Affiliation: Presbyterian
Education: Graduate School of Banking, Madison, WI, 1985
University of Pittsburgh, B.S., 1981
Occupation: President, First National Bank of the Gulf Coast
Spouse: Diana Richter
Children: Melissa, Elizabeth, Robert
Grandchildren: Ian Davis Psota
History: Father, F. Garrett Richter, PA General Assembly, 1948 and 1952
Military Service: U.S. Army, 1969-1971, Vietnam Bronze Star, Combat Infantry Badge, U.S. Air Force Reserves, 1979-1981

Jeremy Ring
Democrat 32
210 Senate Office Bldg.
(850) 487-5094
ring.jeremy.web@flsenate.gov

Jeremy Ring
Committee Assignments
Budget Subcommittee on Education Pre-K - 12 Appropriations
Commerce and Tourism
Community Affairs
Governmental Oversight and Accountability
Health Regulation

Jeremy Ring
Personal Information
Born: August 10, 1970 in New Haven, Connecticut.
Moved to Florida: 2001
Religious Affiliation: Jewish
Education: Attended Syracuse University, 1992
Occupation: Entrepreneur
Spouse: Sharon
Children: Elijah, Levi, Eliana, Galit

Maria Lorts Sachs
Democrat 30
216 Senate Office Bldg.
(850) 487-5091
sachs.maria.web@flsenate.gov

Maria Lorts Sachs
Committee Assignments
Budget Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development Appropriations
Budget Subcommittee on Finance and Tax
Communications, Energy and Public Utilities
Higher Education
Military Affairs, Space and Domestic Security
Reapportionment
Regulated Industries

Maria Lorts Sachs

Personal Information
Born: March 25, 1949 in Battle Creek, Michigan
Moved to Florida: 1976
Religious Affiliation: Catholic
Education: University of Miami J.D.
Boston University, M.A.
University of Maryland, B.A.
Occupation: Attorney, Constitutional Law
Spouse: Peter Sachs of Berlin, Germany
Children: Natasha, Marcello, Taylor
Grandchildren:
History: Russell F. Lorts, father, decorated combat Veteran, U.S. Army Infantry, World War II; mother, Italian war bride, World War II

David Simmons
Republican 22
320 Senate Office Bldg.
(850) 487-5050
simmons.david.web@ flsenate.gov

David Simmons
Committee Assignments
Agriculture
Budget
Budget Subcommittee on Education Pre-K - 12 Appropriations
Budget Subcommittee on Higher Education Appropriations
Judiciary
Rules Subcommittee on Ethics and Elections

David Simmons
Personal Information
Born: June 13, 1952; Nashville, Tennessee.
Moved to Florida: 1977
Religious Affiliation: Catholic
Education: Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., 1977
Tennessee Technological University, B.S., 1974
Occupation: Attorney, Financial Managing Partner of de Beaubien, Knight, Simmons, Mantzaris, & Neal, LLP
Spouse:
Children: Krysia, Alicya

Gary Siplin
Democrat 19
205 Senate Office Bldg.
(850) 487-5190
siplin.gary.web@flsenate.gov

Gary Siplin
Committee Assignments
Agriculture
Budget
Budget Subcommittee on Education Pre-K - 12 Appropriations
Budget Subcommittee on Higher Education Appropriations
Higher Education
Governmental Oversight and Accountability
Reapportionment
Regulated Industries
Rules
Legislative Budget Commission

Gary Siplin
Personal Information
Born: October 21, 1954 in Orlando, Florida
Moved to Florida:
Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Education: Duquesne University, J.D.
University of Pittsburgh, M.A., Public and International Affairs
Johnson C. Smith University, B.A., Political Science
Occupation: Attorney
Spouse: Victoria Pierre
Children: Gary, Jr.; Angelika; Joshua; Jacob

Christopher ''Chris'' Smith
Democrat 29
220 Senate Office Bldg.
(850) 487-5112
smith.chris.web@flsenate.gov

Christopher ''Chris'' Smith
Committee Assignments
Banking and Insurance
Budget Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations
Budget Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development Appropriations
Communications, Energy and Public Utilities
Criminal Justice
Rules
Rules Subcommittee on Ethics and Elections

Christopher ''Chris'' Smith
Personal Information
Born: March 15, 1970 in Ft. Lauderdale
Moved to Florida:
Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Education: Florida State University, J.D., 1995
Johnson C. Smith University, B.S., Political Science, 1992
Occupation: Attorney
Spouse: Desorae Giles-Smith
Children: Christopher Leveorn, Christian Nicholas

Eleanor Sobel
Democrat 31
222 Senate Office Bldg.
(850) 487-5097
sobel.eleanor.web@flsenate.gov

Eleanor Sobel
Committee Assignments
Banking and Insurance
Budget
Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services Appropriations
Budget Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development Appropriations
Environmental Preservation and Conservation
Health Regulation
Reapportionment
Rules Subcommittee on Ethics and Elections

Eleanor Sobel
Personal Information
Born: February 11, 1946, Brooklyn, New York
Moved to Florida: 1976
Religious Affiliation: Jewish
Education: Harvard Kennedy School: Women and Power, 2010
Foreign Policy Institute for State Legislators, 2006
Harvard Executive Leadership Program, 2003
Columbia University, M.A., 1975
City University of New York, M.A., 1968
Brooklyn College, B.A., History, 1967
Occupation: President, Emrelle Preventive Skin Care Company, Community Activist, former school teacher
Spouse: Stuart A. Sobel of Brooklyn, NY
Children: Emily, Rachel
Grandchildren: Josie, Rosie, Eli
History: Barry Finegold, nephew, the youngest State Representative in Massachusetts as of 2006

Ronda Storms
Republican 10
413 Senate Office Bldg.
(850) 487-5072
storms.ronda.web@flsenate.gov

Ronda Storms
Committee Assignments
Budget Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations
Children, Families and Elder Affairs
Community Affairs
Military Affairs, Space and Domestic Security
Reapportionment
Transportation

Ronda Storms
Personal Information
Born: September 5, 1965, Des Moines, IA
Moved to Florida: 1982
Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Education: Stetson University College of Law, J.D., 1995
University of South Florida, B.A., Education, 1988
Occupation: Teacher, Attorney, Businesswoman
Spouse: David Storms of Valrico, FL
Children: daughter and son

John Thrasher
Republican 8
400 Senate Office Bldg.
(850) 487-5030
thrasher.john.web@flsenate.gov

John Thrasher
Committee Assignments
Budget
Budget Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations
Budget Subcommittee on Higher Education Appropriations
Community Affairs
Judiciary
Reapportionment
Regulated Industries
Rules
Rules Subcommittee on Ethics and Elections

John Thrasher
Personal Information
Born: December 18, 1943 in Columbia, South Carolina
Moved to Florida: 1949
Religious Affiliation: Presbyterian
Education: Florida State University, B.S., 1965
Florida State University, College of Law, J.D., 1972
Occupation: Attorney
Spouse: Jean Moore of Calhoun, GA
Children: Jennifer, Jon, Julie
Grandchildren:
History:
Military Service: U.S. Army 1966-1970;
served in Germany and the Republic of Vietnam;
honorably discharged as Captain;
decorations include Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster;
in lieu of second award, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal

Stephen R. Wise
Republican 5
410 Senate Office Bldg.
(850) 487-5027
wise.stephen.web@flsenate.gov

Stephen R. Wise
Committee Assignments
Budget
Budget Subcommittee on Education Pre-K - 12 Appropriations
Budget Subcommittee on Higher Education Appropriations
Community Affairs
Governmental Oversight and Accountability
Education Pre-K - 12
Regulated Industries
Rules
Legislative Budget Commission

Stephen R. Wise

Personal Information
Born: December 11, 1941, Canton, Ohio
Moved to Florida: 1959
Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Education: University of Alabama, Ed.D, 1970
Middle Tennessee State University, M. Ed., 1968
Florida Southern College, B.S., 1963
Occupation: Consultant; Retired Educator
Spouse: Kathryn
Children: Kelly Legg, Tara Thompson
Grandchildren: Jordan, Jaylee, Kate, Rosemary, Jessie

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