Florida Senator Garrett Richter to Serve as Senate President Pro Tempore for 2013 Session; House Speaker-Designate Will Weatherford to Appoint Representative Seth McKeel as House Appropriations Chair

Oct 9, 2012


   Florida Representative Seth McKeel

Above:  Florida Senator Garrett Richter; State Representative Seth McKeel


Florida Senator Garrett Richter will serve as Senate President Pro Tempore for the 2013 Regular Legislative Session, it was announced yesterday, October 8, 2012.

In addition, Florida House of Representatives Speaker-Designate Will Weatherford issued a memorandum today, October 9, stating his intent to appoint State Representative Seth McKeel as House Appropriations Chairman during his term as Speaker.

Speaker-Designate Weatherford’s memorandum is reprinted below.


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To:    Members of the Florida House of Representatives
From:  Will Weatherford, Speaker-designate
Date:  October 9, 2012
Re:    Appropriations Chairman

It is hard to believe that it has been more than six months since the gavel fell and we gathered in the rotunda to mark Sine Die. I am grateful to Speaker Cannon for the way he and his staff have allowed my team to conduct the transition process.  I understand and support the concept of “one Speaker at a time;” therefore, the ability to prepare and plan during the interim is appreciated.

In order to keep you as informed as possible, I write today to announce my intention to appoint Representative Seth McKeel as the Appropriations Chairman during my term as the Speaker.  Seth’s expertise and background as a small business owner, a former Lakeland City Commissioner and the previous Chairman of the House State Affairs Committee will prove to be invaluable as we manage our state’s future budget priorities.  Representative McKeel has demonstrated a commitment to putting the priorities of our state over his own interests and will serve the House well as we develop an appropriations plan in the coming months.

We have a great task before us. The constitutional responsibility to pass a balanced budget and the public duty to fund the basic needs of our state will take every ounce of thoughtful, principled, and serious effort. Seth McKeel will be a great leader by example for the next two years.

I look forward to sharing further insight at the appropriate times in the weeks ahead.



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