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#11 on list of Tampa Bay’s Most Powerful Politicians — Dana Young

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Top 25 11Dana Young, 51-year-old Tampa representative, just concluded her sixth session in Tallahassee, and hopes to return next year with a promotion into the state Senate.

With redistricting creating a brand-new state Senate seat that resembles her Hillsborough County House District 60 seat, the House Majority Leader has chosen to bypass re-election this fall and run in Senate District 18, becoming the first person from either party to do so.

A self-described “hard-core conservative Republican,” Young was no shoo-in when running for the HD 60 seat in 2010. But since vanquishing Democrat Stacey Frank in 2010, she’s coasted to re-election victories without the Hillsborough Democrats even nominating any competition.

Young placed seventh in last year’s survey.


For a complete explanation of how this list was created and who comprised the panel that assembled it, please read here.

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