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

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South Tampa resident Dana Young survived a brutal 2016 election against Democrat Bob Buesing and independent Joe Redner to get elected to the state Senate after six years in the House.

“Dana Young is one of the most productive members of the Florida Legislature,” says lobbyist and Democratic fundraiser Justin Day. “She has never shied away from taking on an important or difficult issue to her constituents. Those of us who are lucky enough to call her our Senator, should rest easy knowing that she will do everything in her power to make our community better.”

The Chair of the Health Policy Committee and Vice-Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Pre-K -12 Education, Young promised voters that she would introduce a bill banning the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing in the 2017 legislative session, with the backing of the same environmental groups that claimed she opposed doing so in 2016.

But it hasn’t been an easy path as House Republicans have resisted a flat-out ban, prompting GOP political consultant April Schiff to surmise that it’s been “more challenging” for Young.

Young placed No. 11 on last year’s list.

Joe Henderson’s Take

“She is smart, tough, ambitious and available. She isn’t afraid to take on difficult assignments and she made good on her promise to introduce a bill in the state Senate to ban fracking. That’s the good news. The bad news is that while it unanimously passed the Senate, a companion bill didn’t make it out of committee in the House. Her ranking on this list seems about right for now, but I expect it to be much higher next year.”

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

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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