State Politics

Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, appointed majority leader of Florida Senate for 2014-16 term

MANATEE -- State Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, has been appointed the majority leader of the Florida Senate for the 2014-16 legislative term, officials announced Wednesday.

Senate Republican President-designate Andy Gardiner said Galvano "has proven he has the support of our caucus, and is ready to lead in this important role."

"Many members of our Senate Republican Caucus have known Sen. Bill Galvano for a number of years," wrote Gardiner. "We have witnessed his strong work ethic, innate intellect and willingness to tackle tough issues -- all characteristics that enabled him to quickly rise to positions of leadership during his service in the (Florida) House, and now the (Florida) Senate," wrote Gardiner, R-Orlando, in a memo released by Galvano's office.

"I know Bill will fight tirelessly to further the success of the Senate's priorities, as well as those of our Republican caucus and Republican senators," he wrote.

Galvano said his role will be to work with Republican and Democratic caucuses to make sure the legislative session is productive.

The minority leader will be state Sen. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, he said.

"It's a role I will have the opportunity to work with individual members to make sure we are helping them promote legislative and budget priorities that are important," Galvano said.

Gardiner noted that, together with Joyner, Galvano will work "to ensure a smooth operation on the Senate floor, where all senators will have the opportunity to have their voices heard."

Asked about his future in the Senate, Galvano confirmed that he has the votes to become Senate president in 2018.

Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7031. Follow her on Twittercface fontname="Roman" naxe="0" iaxis="0"/>