#24 on the list of Tampa Bay’s most powerful politicians is State Representative Darryl Rouson.
“Rouson has a compelling life story of riches to rags-to-riches and is a tireless champion for the less fortunate and shares an amazingly sunny optimism about life and politics. To Darryl, the sun is always shining on him and everyone around him. … This positive outlook has endeared him to his fellow democrats in the Florida House, where he sees not only a pathway to relevance but also back to a majority. Darryl does not believe Failure is an option. … Darryl never forgets his roots, even as he climbs the political ladder, recently spearheading a day of service in St Petersburg on the MLK holiday. The day saw nearly 2000 people turn out to service in their community. Darryl’s life is a history of service from his days at the NAACP and the end of his story is yet to be written. — Democratic strategist Barry Edwards
For a complete explanation of how this list was created and who comprised the panel which assembled it, please read here.