Senate Prez Don Gaetz names Lizbeth Benacquisto as Majority Leader, Thrasher, Lee, Negron, Latvala to leadership positions

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Senate President Don Gaetz  today announced key members of his leadership team.

President Gaetz named Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto  as Majority Leader and Senator Tom Lee as Deputy Leader and Whip. President Gaetz named Senator Jack Latvala as the Chair of the Senate Committee on Ethics and Elections, Senator Joe Negron  as Chair of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, and Senator John Thrasher as Chair of the Senate Committee on Rules.

President Gaetz previously announced the selection of Senator Garrett Richter (R-Naples) as President Pro Tempore. This selection was unanimously approved by the Florida Senate during last week’s organization session.

Remaining leadership positions, as well as committee assignments, will be announced in the coming days.

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