2015 Distinguished Advocates

The Florida Chamber’s Distinguished Advocate Award recognizes legislators who championed key Florida Business Agenda legislation. The award is designed to acknowledge legislators who ensured consideration of the business community’s legislative priorities and who fought tirelessly for the passage of pro-jobs legislation.

Florida Senate
SenBrandes

Senator Jeff Brandes

(R) St. Petersburg

Sen. Brandes filed legislation to help fix Florida’s broken legal climate.

SenDetert

Senator Nancy Detert

(R) Venice

Sen. Detert advocated to make Florida more competitive by continuing to fight to keep high-wage film jobs in Florida.

SenHays

Senator Alan Hays

(R) Umatilla

Sen. Hays helped Florida’s legislature implement Amendment 1 in a fiscally responsible manner.

SenHukill

Senator Dorothy Hukill

(R) Port Orange

Sen. Hukill empowered Florida’s businesses by championing efforts like permanently eliminating the tax on manufacturing equipment and machinery.

SenLegg

Senator John Legg

(R) Lutz

Sen. Legg fought for Florida’s students by successfully championing a law, which will require fewer and better tests without compromising Florida’s rigorous accountability standards

SenSimpson

Senator Wilton Simpson

(R) Trilby

Sen. Simpson successfully passed legislation that helps Florida accommodate smart growth by streamlining sector and smart management plans, and clarifying freight logistics zones.

Florid House of Representatives
RepAlbritton

Representative Ben Albritton

(R) Bartow

Rep. Albritton helped Florida’s legislature implement Amendment 1 in a fiscally responsible manner.

RepCaldwell

Representative Matt Caldwell

(R) Lehigh Acres

Rep. Caldwell continued to advocate for sustainable, long-term water solutions for Florida.

Richard Corcoran

Representative Richard Corcoran

(R) Lutz

Rep. Corcoran held strong against opposition from special
interest groups and sent a message that protecting and
empowering our state’s teachers is a top priority for Florida by
securing full funding for the Educator Liability
Program in the FY 2015-2016 budget.

SpeakerCrisafulli

Speaker Steve Crisafulli

(R) Merritt Island

Rep. Crisafulli led the charge as Speaker of the House on issues
including sustainable water resources and marketing Florida efforts. His support helped to garner $10 million in funding
to market Florida’s business climate in other states.

RepDiaz

Representative Manny Diaz, Jr.

(R) Hialeah

Rep. Diaz tirelessly advocated for numerous Florida Chamber education and talent priorities like expanding school choice options and supporting rigorous accountability standards.

RepEdwards

Representative Katie Edwards

(D) Sunrise

Rep. Edwards passed legislation that protects private property rights.

RepFresen

Representative Erik Fresen

(R) Miami

Rep. Fresen helped Florida’s students by advocating for school
choice and high standards as a strong supporter of the Education Accountability bill.

RepGaetz

Representative Matt Gaetz

(R) Shalimar

Rep. Gaetz advanced legislation that provided $400 million in targeted tax cuts to Florida small businesses and families.

RepHill

Representative Mike Hill

(R) Pensacola

Rep. Hill filed legislation to fight measures that would further
harm Florida’s unfair legal climate.

RepMetz

Representative Larry Metz

(R) Groveland

Rep. Metz, a former Florida Chamber Most Valuable Legislator, continued to support legal reform efforts in Florida.

RepMiller

Representative Mike Miller

(R) Winter Park

Rep. Miller advocated to make Florida more competitive by continuing to fight to keep high-wage film jobs in Florida.

RepNarain

Representative Ed Narain

(D) Tampa

Rep. Narain encouraged investments in Florida’s R&D Tax Credit Program, which would motivate more companies to look
to Florida for growth.

RepO'Toole

Representative Marlene O’Toole

(R) The Villages

Rep. O’Toole remained a champion for Florida’s students by supporting fewer and better tests without compromising Florida’s rigorous accountability standards.

RepPassidomo

Representative Kathleen Passidomo

(R) Naples

Rep. Passidomo protected Florida businesses by taking up and
passing legal reform bills that would improve Florida’s bottom-10 legal climate.

RepPigman

Representative Cary Pigman

(R) Sebring

Rep. Pigman remained a champion of scope of practice bills that would allow nurse practitioners to practice to their full ability.

RepRay

Representative Lake Ray

(R) Jacksonville

Rep. Ray successfully passed legislation that helps clarify freight logistics zones.

RepSpano

Representative Ross Spano

(R) Riverview

Rep. Spano fought to empower and protect Florida’s teachers by continuing to push for the educator liability insurance program.