#5 on the list of Tampa Bay’s most powerful politicians is Speaker Designate Richard Corcoran.
“One certainty in the often changing climate of Florida politics is future House Speaker Richard Corcoran. From Miami to the Panhandle, Corcoran’s influence is unquestionable. Some have tried to label Richard’s keen gut instincts, remarkable attention to detail, intense political involvement, and constant organizing downright Machiavellian. However, he has a “Mister Smith” passion for serving his constituents and doing what’s right. He’s a highly sought out confidant of his peers and others in power. As candidate, staffer, and a member Corcoran’s allegiances are far reaching and have remarkable depth. In fact, it’s a depth only matched by Richard’s deep history of public service.
“Having served in the US Naval Reserve, three former House Speakers and as Chief of Staff to Marco Rubio, Richard Corcoran knows every peak and valley of the Florida political landscape. Corcoran is clever, cunning and always committed to victory. He’s a dedicated student, always learning and adapting. He’s also one of the few elected officials who knows to never take an election for granted, giving him better perspective and appreciation for his position and public service. Richard Corcoran will be, if he isn’t already, one of Florida’s most widely known, influential and powerful politicians.” — Anthony Pedicini
For a complete explanation of how this list was created and who comprised the panel which assembled it, please read here.