SENATE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT DESIGNATE KEN PRUITT APPOINTS SENATE LEADERS
President Pro Tempore and Senate Majority Leader will also lead the transition effort
Tallahassee, FL --
Senate Republican President Designate Ken Pruitt (R-Port St. Lucie)
today announced the appointment of Senator Lisa Carlton (R-Sarasota)
as the Senate President Pro Tempore and Senator Daniel Webster (R-Orlando)
as the Senate Majority Leader for the 2006-2008 term. In addition
to their leadership responsibilities, these two veteran members will lead
the transition effort for the new Senate administration.
"We heard Floridians loud and clear on Election Day - we got the message that they want their elected leaders to pull together and to solve problems," said Republican President Designate Pruitt. "My goal is to lead a responsive and proactive Senate - one that will do the work of the people."
Pruitt continued, "I have asked Senator Carlton and Senator Webster to lead the charge to create a governance structure that will match the talents, experiences, and strengths of Senators with the relevant Senate committees. I am confident in Senator Carlton and Senator Webster’s abilities because these are two seasoned leaders who have both institutional knowledge and a great working relationship with all members of the Senate."
"Senator Carlton and I look forward to working with Senate Democrat Leader Designate Geller (D-Hallandale). We expect to have a plan to present to the Senate during Organization Session," said Senator Webster. "Our goal will be to create a structure that provides a place where every member - Democrat and Republican, senior and freshman alike - will have the opportunity to play an active role in the process."
"We have a great deal of talent and expertise in the Florida Senate," said Senator Carlton. "Each Senator represents a voter's choice for a community's representation in Tallahassee -- we want to create an environment that will allow each Senator to have the kind of impact Floridians expect from their elected leader."
“The pick of Senators Webster and Carlton is a welcome one. I’ve worked with both for many years and know them to be good and fair people,” said Senator Geller. “Their selection signifies Senator Pruitt’s commitment to a spirit of bipartisan cooperation in order to find the solutions that voters clearly want. I look forward to working with them.”
Senate President Pro Tempore - Senator Lisa Carlton (R- Sarasota)
Senator Lisa Carlton is held in high regard by colleagues, constituents, and civic organizations because of her tireless commitment to improving the quality of life in Florida. Senator Carlton is a ninth generation Floridian. She was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1994, where she served two terms. In 1998, Senator Carlton was elected to the Senate where she has served as a trusted advisor to each Senate President. She has been tapped to lead major efforts including the creation and implementation of the Universal Pre-K program and the Medicaid Reform efforts of 2004. Most recently Senator Carlton chaired the Senate Ways and Means Committee.
Majority Leader - Senator Daniel Webster (R-Orlando)
Senator Webster is currently the longest continually serving Legislator in Florida. Elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1980, Webster worked his way through the ranks as a member of the Minority Party. In 1996, he became the first Republican Speaker of the House since Reconstruction. Speaker Webster served with distinction, winning praise from members of both parties for his fairness and integrity. His accomplishments as Speaker include the revamping of the rules and procedures in the House of Representatives – many of those changes remain today.
Senator Webster was elected to the Florida Senate in 1998. He has concentrated his efforts in the areas of transportation and economic development, and most recently chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee.