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December 1, 2012
43 attorneys now serve in the Florida Legislature

There will be two fewer lawyers serving in the Florida Legislature when it convenes in March.

After the November election results were tabulated, the number of lawyer legislators serving in the House will number 31 (18 Republicans and 13 Democrats), down from 34 a year ago. In the Senate there are now 12 lawyer legislators (eight Republicans and four Democrats), up one attorney from a year ago.

Republican lawyers serving on the 120-member House include:

* Richard Corcoran, New Port Richey.

* Jose Felix Diaz, Miami.

* Heather Fitzenhagen, Ft. Myers.

* Clay Ford, Pensacola.

* Matt Gaetz, Ft. Walton.

* James Grant, Tampa.

* Bill Hager, Delray Beach.

* Dave Hood, Daytona Beach.

* Charles McBurney, Jacksonville.

* Larry Metz, Eustis.

* George Moraitis, Ft. Lauderdale.

* Kathleen Passidomo, Naples.

* Pat Rooney, Palm Beach Gardens.

* Ross Spano, Dover.

* Greg Steube, Sarasota.

* Carlos Trujillo, Miami.

* John Wood, Haines City.

* Dana Young, Tampa.

Democrat lawyers in the House include:

* José Javier Rodríguez, Miami.

* Darryl Rouson, St. Petersburg.

* Elaine Schwartz, Hollywood.

* Cynthia Stafford, Miami.

* Perry Thurston, Ft. Lauderdale.

* Jim Waldman, Coconut Creek.

* Lori Berman, Boca Raton.

* Dwight Dudley, St. Petersburg.

* Dave Kerner, Lake Worth.

* Kionne McGhee, Miami.

* Jared Moskowitz, Ft. Lauderdale.

* Michelle Rehwinkel-Vasilinda, Tallahassee.

Republican lawyers serving on the 40-member Senate include:

* Rob Bradley, Fleming Island.

* Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, Miami.

* Anitere Flores, Miami.

* Bill Galvano, Bradenton,

* Dorothy Hukill, Port Orange.

* Joe Negron, Stuart.

* David Simmons, Orlando.

* John Thrasher, St. Augustine.

Democrat lawyers in the Senate include:

* Arthenia Joyner, Tampa.

* Maria Sachs, Delray Beach.

* Darren Soto, Orlando.

* Chris Smith, West Palm Beach.

Interim committee meetings begin the week of December 3 and are also set for two weeks in January and three weeks in February. The regular session will begin March 5.

[Revised: 04-23-2017]