How Rep. Dane Eagle is spending his Summer “vacation”

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Editor’s note: This post marks the third in an occasional series in which Florida’s lawmakers discuss how they are spending their time away from Tallahassee, or if you will, their Summer “vacation.” Featured today is Representative Dane Eagle.

State Rep. Dane Eagle managed to pass nine bills during the 2013 legislative session, but is quick to share credit with his House and Senate colleagues and his staff.

“I was continuously surprised by how willing every member is to try to work together for the greater good,” Eagle said of his colleagues, who left Tallahassee the morning after Session, saw his family, and got out on the water to unwind.

Eagle doesn’t plan to begin campaigning quite yet, instead focusing on work, enjoying Southwest Florida with family and friends, and continuing to communicate with constituents via newsletters, op-eds, radio shows, meetings, and speaking engagements.

This summer, the 30-year-old legislator will be reading the daily news and taking occasional weekend trips, and looks forward to seeing his all-time favorite superhero (The Wolverine) on the big screen.

Eagle will be ready to get back to the state capitol by the end of September for committee weeks, where he’ll get a head start on his top priority for 2014: “Tax cuts. I hope.”

Here is how Rep. Dane Eagle plans on spending his Summer “vacation”, in his own words:

How long did you linger, if at all, in Tallahassee after Sine Die?

I was on the road the following morning.  

Legislative accomplishment of which you are most proud?

Managed to pass 9 bills thanks to the collaborative support of my House & Senate colleagues and my excellent staff.  

Which one of your legislative colleagues surprised you for the better this past session? Why?

I was continuously surprised by how willing every member is to try to work together for the greater good.  

What’s the first thing you did when you returned back to your district?

Saw my family and got out on the water.  

What do you do to communicate to your constituents what occurred during the legislative session? Newsletter? Town hall meetings? What else?

Newsletters, Op-Eds, radio shows, meetings, spoke at a dozen or so clubs and organizations. 

When you are not busy being a lawmaker, how will you spend your time this July, August and September?

I’ll be working, enjoying the beautiful Southwest Florida weather, and training for the CrossFit Crush Games in August.

Do you plan on hitting the campaign trail in the coming months? If not, why not?

I’ll mainly be focused on work; there will be plenty of time to campaign soon enough. 

Any personal vacation plans?

Weekend trips here and there. 

Any good books on your Summer reading list? 

The daily news. 

Summer movies you are looking forward to seeing? 

The Wolverine – my all-time favorite superhero

Legislative committee meetings begin again during the week of September 23; Too soon? Or are you eager to get back to Tally?

I’m enjoying the break, but I’ll be excited to get back to work by then. 

What do you think will be the top priorities during the 2014 Legislative Session?

Tax cuts. I hope. 

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.