2013 Legislative Winners and Losers — Senator Wilton Simpson has a great first session

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Wilton Simpson is a political novice, or so one would think.  

Never having held elected office before, few expected the kind of legislative session that he had.  Just a few of his successful bills include a change in the greenbelt laws to ensure that rural ranchers and growers get the tax status they deserve, an Everglades preservation act that all stakeholders supported, an environmentally-friendly, job-creation bill to substantially increase the use of natural gas in vehicles, and a regulatory reform of the state fire code to help small businesses.  

Goes to show that hard work and life experience count – even in the Legislature.  


Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, 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.