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Joe Negron’s personal wealth nears $1 million

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Senate President Joe Negron‘s net worth is now over $950,000, according to a financial disclosure filed last week with the Florida Commission on Ethics.

Negron’s net worth as of Dec. 31, 2016 was $952,634, his filing shows. That’s up 15 percent from his 2015 reported worth of $828,646.

As income, he listed $278,887 from the Gunster law firm and his $28,502 pay as a state lawmaker.

In January, Negron—a Stuart Republican—quit Gunster, saying his decision was spurred by its representation of U.S. Sugar, which was named in a land acquisition provision.

That was included in a Senate measure (SB 10) aimed at protecting Lake Okeechobee from toxic runoff.

Negron joined the Akerman firm’s West Palm Beach office last month as a commercial litigator.

As liabilities, he listed a $51,807 loan from Chase Bank and $23,163 owed to Ally Financial.

His largest asset is his Stuart home, valued at $618,000. Other assets include more than $212,000 in retirement savings and a bond worth about $5,200.

Negron was first elected to the Senate in August 2009, after serving in the House 2000-06.

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Before joining Florida Politics, journalist and attorney James Rosica was state government reporter for The Tampa Tribune. He attended journalism school in Washington, D.C., working at dailies and weekly papers in Philadelphia after graduation. Rosica joined the Tallahassee Democrat in 1997, later moving to the courts beat, where he reported on the 2000 presidential recount. In 2005, Rosica left journalism to attend law school in Philadelphia, afterwards working part time for a public-interest law firm. Returning to writing, he covered three legislative sessions in Tallahassee for The Associated Press, before joining the Tribune’s re-opened Tallahassee bureau in 2013. He can be reached at jim@floridapolitics.com.

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