State Politics

Miami lawmaker named next Senate Democratic Leader

State Sen. Oscar Braynon II, D-Miami Gardens, will be the next Senate Democratic Leader.

His term begins in November 2016.

Braynon was selected for the role by a unanimous vote of the Senate Democratic Caucus on Wednesday.

"The unity of this vote speaks to the unity of this caucus,” Braynon said in a statement. "And it is that united front that will enable us to do great things for the people of Florida."

Braynon will succeed current Senate Democratic Leader Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa.

Joyner called Braynon a "true champion for the people."

Braynon served in the Florida House from 2008 until 2011. He is a graduate of Florida State University and a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.

Florida Democratic Party Chair Allison Tant said Braynon had "more than earn the trust of his colleagues — he has won the confidence of countless Floridans to fight for them."

"Under Senator Braynon’s leadership, I know the caucus will continue to fight for the values we all share: expanding opportunity, strengthening our schools, and working to grow Florida’s middle class," Tant said.