Tampa Bay’s most powerful politicians: #10 – Dana Young

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#10 on the list of Tampa Bay’s most powerful politicians is Representative Dana Young.

“I don’t know anyone in the Florida legislature today that is as tenacious and tireless as Dana Young. Whether it’s working on policy, collaborating with the delegation, raising money, or supporting her allies come campaign season, nobody works harder. Dana just doesn’t stop working and it’s evident from the first time you work with her. She’s tackled some very heavy lifts supporting the Port of Tampa and passing significant water policies. Her intellect and experience as a land use attorney have made for a seamless transition to her role as a legislator and make her a tremendous ally for Tampa Bay.” — Representative James Grant.

“There are legislators and then there is Dana.  Most know her background, but when people ask me about her, what defines Dana to me is how she embodies strength, compassion, courage, convictions that she fights for and defends, grace under fire, a stateswoman, an optimist, authentic, humility, generous, a mentor and, most important, a friend. … Today, the process is even more cut throat than before, and you can count on one hand how many friends you truly have; Dana is definitely one of them.  She’s grounded in who she is, she’s about doing the right thing, she’s puts her family first, she will support you, push you, encourage you, and what most of us don’t like is be truly honest with you. It was privilege to not just work for her, but alongside her.”In short, anyone who will wear full a camo outfit to a Publix in South Tampa to pick up food for dinner after being at the ranch all day is someone truly comfortable in their own skin, and doesn’t let her surroundings affect her.” — James Kotas, senior legislative aide to Senator Aaron Bean.

For a complete explanation of how this list was created and who comprised the panel which assembled it, please read here.

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.