A comment I should probably not make about this picture of the incoming class of Florida House Republicans

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Representative Scott Plakon shared on Facebook the picture below of the incoming class of Florida House Republicans.

Spotted are several friends — Chris Latvala, Chris Sprowls, Shawn Harrison, Scott Plakon., etc. More than half of those pictured here are advertisers or clients. So I probably need to be careful about what I write next.

While there is some ethnic diversity within this class of 19 lawmakers — I count at least five Hispanics or African-Americans — this group is obviously a sausage fest.

Seventeen of the nineteen incoming Republican lawmakers are dudes. And of the two females, one of them, the charismatic rising star Jennifer Sullivan, is just 23 years-old.

In other words, there aren’t a lot of working moms headed to Tallahassee.

This is not about the mostly-faux ‘War on Women.’ It’s just that, as a father of a young daughter, I wish there were a few more female role models active in Florida politics. The few who are, like the wonderful Lizbeth Benacquisto and the super-sharp Dana Young, can’t be expected to shoulder the expectations of more than half of the population.

Just yesterday, I made a presentation to a group of legislative leaders from Kenya. One of the two females in the group asked me about when America would elect its first female president? I said maybe in two years because of Hillary Clinton, but if not then, probably not for a while.

I hope the glass ceiling is shattered before Ella Joyce is old enough herself to run. But at this rate, when 17 out of 19 new Republican state lawmakers are men, it might just take that long.

incoming class



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.