#3 on the list of Tampa Bay’s most powerful politicians is Senator Jack Latvala.
“Why is Jack Latvala such an effective leader?
“Deep Florida roots, so he knows the history. He knows what old Florida was like and he knows what we went through to get here. He knows who was pushing what and why. He knows most of the players in Tallahassee because he has worked with/against them. Historical perspective and knowledge of why great sounding ideas did not work save him a lot of time, allowing him to focus on the issues that are important.
“He knows the people because he is careful to maintain a large network who will tell him what is going on in their lives and how they feel it will impact others as well as themselves.
“He has a successful business background, so he knows what it takes to be the person who signs the front of the paycheck. A micr- manager in many respects, he is always looking for the task that has not yet been thought of, much less completed. He understands the ramifications of small changes in business regulations and tax policy and how they affect job creation and businesses.
“Most importantly, he wants to find solutions that work. They may not be politically correct or philosophically pure, but they work for the community and allow individuals to prosper. He did not run for office to be somebody … .he ran to get something done that will benefit his – and our –grandchildren.” — Former State Representative Jim Frishe
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