2018 Most Valuable Legislator Award
Senator Kathleen Passidomo: Fearlessly Putting Florida First
The business community’s premier legislative award, the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s Most Valuable Legislator, goes to Senator Kathleen Passidomo, for her commitment to securing Florida’s future.
Florida needs more public servants who wake up every day thinking about how to make Florida more competitive—regardless of the opponent or political consequences. A small businesswoman, Senator Passidomo has long been a fearless and effective partner in the Florida Chamber’s fight for free enterprise. As the torch bearer of multiple Florida Chamber-backed priorities this session, she attracted bipartisan support for pro-jobs legislation, took well-funded special interests head on for Florida’s future job creators, and successfully sought to keep Florida’s dismal, bottom-five legal climate from getting worse.
Senator Passidomo understands that a worldclass education is the greatest pathway toward economic opportunity. She took the lead on championing Florida Chamber efforts to expand computer science and computer coding instruction throughout Florida’s K-12 classrooms, knowing that nothing can better prepare Florida’s students to enter a globally competitive workforce than the introduction of innovative STEM concepts during their formative years. Senator Passidomo was also a key ally in support of the targeted tax reform package that further reduced the Florida-only Business Rent Tax and provided back-to-school and hurricane preparation sales tax holidays.
“I am truly humbled to be recognized by the Florida Chamber of Commerce as their 2018 Most Valuable Legislator. It is an incredible honor to receive this prestigious award. Legislative change doesn’t just happen overnight. It takes hard work, perseverance and collaborative effort. Working together with the Florida Chamber team we have been able to advance policies that will have a lasting positive effect on Florida’s families and our business community.”
SENATOR KATHLEEN PASSIDOMO | Florida Chamber’s 2018 Most Valuable Legislator
Never afraid of a tough fight for what is right, Senator Passidomo also led the fight to ensure automobile insurance rates remain low for Floridians and opposed the trial lawyer’s top legislative priority — repealing Florida’s no-fault personal injury protection (PIP) insurance system without addressing bad faith reform. Even in the final days of session, Senator Passidomo stood ready to tackle bad faith and offer a common-sense solution to this Florida-only lawsuit abuse. Senator Passidomo also took on powerful union interests that sought to put their political agendas ahead of Florida’s students and passed legislation that brings transparency and accountability to the collective bargaining process.
The Florida Chamber applauds Senator Kathleen Passidomo for her hard work and leadership on behalf of Florida’s families and businesses.
Past Recipients of the Florida Chamber’s Most Valuable Legislator Award
- 2016: House Speaker Steve Crisafulli
- 2014: House Speaker Will Weatherford
- 2013: Representative Larry Metz
- 2012: House Speaker Dean Cannon
- 2011: Senator Ellyn Bogdanoff
- 2010: Senator John Thrasher
- 2009: Senator Garrett Richter
- 2008: Representative Dennis Ross
- 2007: Representative Stan Mayfield
- 2006: Representative Don Brown
- 2005: House Speaker Allan Bense