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Patrick Murphy announces endorsements by almost half of Democratic state lawmakers

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U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy has been racking up major Democratic endorsements at a rapid clip since he launched his bid for the U.S. Senate back in late March. On Thursday he continued that trend, announcing via news release that he has secured the support of 25 sitting Florida state legislators.

“From South Florida to Tampa, from Orlando to the Panhandle, people are joining this campaign to get Washington working for Florida,” said Murphy in a written statement. 

He continued: “I am overwhelmed to have the support of so many state lawmakers, who are leaders in their communities. While they battle obstruction and extremism in Tallahassee, I, too, will continue that fight in Washington.”

The all-Democratic roster of backers includes former Senate Minority Leader Chris Smith, House Minority Leader Designate Janet Cruz, fellow Palm Beach pol state Sen. Joe Abruzzo and dean of the Senate, former President Gwen Margolis, and a slew of sitting representatives.

State Sen. Jeff Clemens is notably included in the newly minted list of Murphy backers, on the same day the Lake Worth lawmakers announced that he will not seek Murphy’s soon-to-be-vacant 18th Congressional District seat.

The full slate of recent legislative endorsers, as listed in the Murphy campaign news release, is below.

State Senator Joseph Abruzzo, D-Wellington
State Senator Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth
State Senator Audrey Gibson, D-Jacksonville
State Senator Gwen Margolis, D-Miami Beach
State Senator Jeremy Ring, D-Margate
State Senator Chris Smith, D-Fort Lauderdale

State Representative Bruce Antone, D-Orlando
State Representative Lori Berman, D-Lantana
State Representative Janet Cruz, D-Tampa
State Representative Dwight Dudley, D-St. Petersburg
State Representative Katie Edwards, D-Plantation
State Representative Joe Gellar, D-Aventura
State Representative Kristin Jacobs, D-Pompano Beach
State Representative Evan Jenne, D-Hollywood
State Representative Shevrin D. Jones, D-West Park
State Representative Dave Kerner, D-Lake Worth
State Representative Larry Lee, Jr., D-Port St. Lucie
State Representative Jared Moskowitz, D-Coral Springs
State Representative Ed Narain, D-Tampa
State Representative Bobby Powell, D-Riviera Beach
State Representative Kevin Rader, D-Delray Beach
State Representative Jose Javier Rodriguez, D-Miami
State Representative Irving Slosberg, D-Boca Raton
State Representative Dwayne L. Taylor, D-Daytona Beach
State Representative Alan Williams, D-Tallahassee

Ryan Ray writes about campaigns and public policy in Tampa Bay and across the state. A contributor to and before that, The Florida Squeeze, he covers the Legislature as a member of the Florida Capitol Press Corps and has worked as a staffer on several campaigns. He can be reached at

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