#13 on the list of Tampa Bay’s most powerful politicians is Senator Bill Galvano.
“Few people know that Bill Galvano is the son of a man known as the “Golf Coach to the Stars” and a woman who, by today’s standards, would be one of America’s Top Models. It is these parents, Phil and Betty, that gave Galvano his work ethic which propelled him from a janitor, and later a driver for Bill Grimes, to the title of partner in the very same firm Grimes’ family began in 1922.
“It is most likely that same focus and work ethic that gave Galvano the wherewithal to run for his hometown State House seat a full two years before it would come up for grabs due to term limits. And, due to his hard work, stellar local reputation, and enormous family support, Galvano beat three opponents handily in 2002. Upon arriving in the legislature, Galvano was thought of as a possible Speaker and was often tasked with high profile and tough issues. Most memorable was his negotiation of a Gaming Compact with the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Galvano is often locally talked about as a future Congressman, Attorney General, but in the short term, is viewed as a solid contender for Senate President before his term expires.
“Besides being an avid family man, cheerleader for local public schools, and a rising star in Florida politics, Galvano is on the Most Powerful Tampa Bay list because of his regional approach to problem solving. He spearheaded changes in transportation planning with the creation of TBARTA and often works across the Bay with other colleagues and business leaders to solve tough problems. He’s quick, studious, and dedicated to the task at hand. He’s always studying the rules of the process, always communicating with constituents back home, and is a prolific fundraiser for his campaign and other causes. His willingness to aide his friends and lessons from the house in political maneuvers will serve him well in the Senate and beyond.
“Without a doubt Galvano will continue to climb on this list and all of Florida will be talking about him for years to come.” — Republican political consultant Anthony Pedicini
For a complete explanation of how this list was created and who comprised the panel which assembled it, please read here.