Crisafulli designated next Speaker of Florida House

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In a designation ceremony today in the Florida Capitol, the Republican Caucus of the Florida House of Representatives formally selected Representative Steve Crisafulli to serve as Leader of the Caucus for the 2014–2016 legislative term.

In remarks delivered to an audience that included fellow House members, family members and distinguished guests, Crisafulli cited a work ethic and commitment to service that was instilled in him at a young age by his family. Crisafulli promised collaboration, telling his House colleagues, “My success will be determined by your success.  That is my first commitment to you.”

The Speaker Designate continued, “Those looking for answers to the challenges facing our nation and our party would do well to consider Florida as a model—a model that has the Florida House’s imprint all over it.”

Immediately before his speech, Speaker Designate Crisafulli was nominated for Speaker by Representative Ritch Workman (R-Melbourne). Workman noted, Crisafulli “has been a consistent and principled voice for the constituents who elect him to serve their community. Now, although he had little time to prepare for this, he is, without a doubt, ready to lead the Florida House and do honor to this great institution.”

In his remarks seconding Workman’s nomination, Representative Matt Hudson (R-Naples) said, “Steve and I came to Tallahassee for the same reasons – to make Florida a better place for our kids and their kids to achieve their dreams. We share a commitment to principles like limited government, freedom and personal responsibility.”

Crisafulli was first elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2008 and has been reelected subsequently to represent Brevard County. He is an Agribusinessman and also works in real estate. Crisafulli is married to Kristen and, together, they raise their daughters, Carly and Kennedy.

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