Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Mike Bennett named president pro tempore of Florida Senate

TALLAHASSEE – Incoming Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos today announced that he has selected Sen. Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton, as president pro tempore of the Floida Senate.

He also named Senator Andy Gardiner as Senate Majority Leader.

The two members of his senior leadership team that will work with him once he takes the helm of the Senate on Nov. 16, according to a press release from Haridopolos.

"My senior leadership team has a tremendous amount of experience serving the people of Florida,” said Haridopolos. “Florida faces serious challenges and we need proven leaders to guide us through these difficult times. I’m pleased to have Senators Bennett and Gardiner as members of my leadership team, and like me, they’ll have one primary focus – helping get Florida’s economy back on track.”

Bennett was first elected to the Senate in 2002. He previously served in the House of Representatives from 2000 to 2002. Bennett’s position as President pro tempore requires approval by the Senate.

“I’m pleased that Mike Bennett has agreed to serve as President Pro Tempore,” said incoming President Haridopolos. “He has the respect of the entire Senate and is known for bringing a common sense business approach to government. I trust and value his counsel.”

Gardiner, R-Orlando, has served in the Senate since 2008. Prior to his election to the Senate, he served eight years in the House of Representatives. From 2004-2006, Gardiner served as House Majority Leader.

The new appointments are effective Nov. 16 when the Senate meets in organization session.

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