Andy Gardiner taps David Simmons to chair Senate Rules Committee

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Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, will replace John Thrasher as Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee. Incoming Senate President Andy Gardiner made the announcement Monday.

“David is a loyal adviser, a trusted confidante and good friend,” said Gardiner, the Orlando Republican who will be installed official as Senate President later this month. “He is well-qualified to assume this critical leadership position. Throughout his years of public service, David has exhibited sound judgment and a fair-minded, reasonable and thoughtful approach to decision making that, I am confident, will be a great benefit to the Senate over the next two years.”

The Rules Committee controls the calendar, deciding when and where legislation will be heard.  Lawmakers will convene an organizational session  Nov. 18.

Simmons served eight years in the Florida House, serving as chair of the Appropriation Education subcommittee. Simmons was first elected to the Senate in 2010. Senate District 10 takes in all of Seminole County and a portion of Volusia County.