Moving up two spaces in 2014 to #8 on the SaintPetersBlog list of Tampa Bay’s Most Powerful Politicians is two-term Republican State Rep. Dana Young.
“Dana may be the best all around public servant in Tampa Bay,” says State Sen. Jeff Brandes. “She has grace, poise, and a deep knowledge of policy. She is an incredible advocate for our community.”
Young, as Deputy Majority Leader and Majority Whip, is described as both a determined and industrious agent for South Tampa’s House District 60.
She sits on the Appropriations and Rules & Calendar committees, as well as the Civil Justice Subcommittee and the Select Committee on Gaming. Her roles give her a hand in some of the most salient issues facing Florida and the Tampa Bay area.
In April 2013, Gov. Rick Scott described Young, who is a member of the National Rifle Association, as having “a passion for protecting the military and has been a strong advocate for MacDill Air Force Base, and the Tampa Bay community, throughout her time in the Florida House.” He had just named her as his designee on the Florida Defense Support Task Force after the resignation of Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll.
“She is committed to making sure Florida families succeed, and I know she will help ensure that Florida remains the most military friendly state in the nation,” Scott added.
Young is an outspoken advocate of keeping the Tampa Bay Rays in the area. She hopes that the team and St. Petersburg hammer out a contract before any discussion can arise over moving to her district or any other part of Hillsborough County.
A staunch anti-tax fiscal conservative, Young resisted giving mayors the ability to put sales-tax referendums before voters, which at the moment only counties can do in Florida. This stems from a Hillsborough plan in 2010 on a one-cent transit tax for HART to modernize bus service and develop light rail. The measure failed to pass. Instead, Young insists private interests will be the key to providing commuter rail service in Tampa Bay.
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