Will Weatherford official portrait unveiled in House

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On Wednesday, a group of House members, leaders, family and friends gathered in the House chamber for the traditional portrait unveiling to honor Speaker Will Weatherford.

As a parting gift, House members gave a watch to Weatherford, who is finishing his two-year term as Speaker.

“The Florida House is a very, very special place,” Weatherford said after the unveiling.

The portrait now hangs on the chamber wall, alongside portraits of other speakers who served in the past century.

Gathering to honor Weatherford and his new portrait were Senate President Don Gaetz, Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, Attorney General Pam Bondi and state CFO Jeff Atwater. Also attending was Allan Bense, Weatherford’s father-in-law, the Panama City Republican who was also a former House Speaker.

Weatherford added he would make additional parting remarks Friday, Sine Die of the annual legislative session.

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