2018 Distinguished Advocates

 

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The Florida Chamber’s Distinguished Advocate award recognizes lawmakers who fought tirelessly for the passage of pro-business legislation – no matter how difficult – and furthered the Florida Chamber’s goals of securing Florida’s future through job creation and economic development.

“We’re pleased to recognize members of the Florida Legislature with Distinguished Advocate awards who had the courage to put free enterprise principles for job creation above special interest,” said MARK WILSON, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

The 15 members of the Florida Legislature honored with a 2018 Florida Chamber Distinguished Advocate award include:

 

FLORIDA SENATE

Senator Dennis Baxley

Championed an amendment in the Senate that would promote transparency in the collective bargaining process

 

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Senator Bill Galvano

Sponsored legislation and led the Senate in passing responsible and necessary school safety measures in response to the Parkland tragedy.

 

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Senator David Simmons

Sponsored legislation that would allow state assumption of federal environmental permitting, a streamlining effort the business community has sought for decades.

 

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Senator Wilton Simpson

Worked to secure full funding for key economic development programs, including Enterprise Florida and VISIT FLORIDA.

 

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Senator Kelli Stargel

Championed this year’s tax package, including a reduction in the Florida-only business rent tax, a longstanding FloridaChamber priority.

 

Read Our News Release     Get to Know Sen. Stargel

 

 

 

 

FLORIDA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Representative Ben Diamond

Championed an amendment that would limit potential lawsuits against job creators.

 

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Representative Manny Diaz

Led the House’s education reform efforts and fought to pass Chamber-backed computer science legislation.

 

Read Our News Release     Get to Know Rep. Diaz

 

 

 

Representative Joe Gruters

A reliable and vocal partner in the fight for free enterprise, came to the defense of the Florida Chamber on the House Floor against unnecessary and inappropriate personal attacks.

 

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Representative Clay Ingram

Worked to secure full funding for key economic development programs, including Enterprise Florida and VISIT FLORIDA.

 

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Representative Mike La Rosa

Fought against the expansion of gambling in Florida and championed private property rights for vacation rentals.

 

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Representative Jose Oliva

Led the House in passing responsible and necessary school safety measures in response to the Parkland tragedy

 

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Representative Scott Plakon

Sponsored legislation and fought against labor unions to promote transparency in the collective bargaining process; carried this effort for several years in a row dating back to 2011.

 

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Representative Holly Raschein

Sponsored legislation that would allow state assumption of federal environmental permitting, a streamlining effort the business community has sought for decades.

 

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Representative Paul Renner

Championed this year’s tax package, including a reduction in the Florida-only business rent tax, a longstanding Florida Chamber priority

 

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Representative Jay Trumbull

 

Sponsored Florida Chamber-backed assignment of benefits legislation, which would help contain the rising cost of property insurance due to fraud

 

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