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  • Barry Cohen
    Posted in Speeches and Floor Statements on October 12, 2018 | Preview rr

    Mr. Speaker, I rise today to celebrate the life of a true champion for justice, Barry Cohen. His remarkable work fighting passionately for all the people of the Tampa Bay community is worthy of recognition. Read more

  • Dr. Bruce Weiner
    Posted in Speeches and Floor Statements on September 2, 2018 | Preview rr

    Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate a fellow Tampanian, Bruce Weiner, on his tenure as the national president of the prestigious American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) and honor his commitment to safe, quality anesthesia care for my neighbors and patients nationwide. Read more

  • Rudy Baldoni
    Posted in Speeches and Floor Statements on June 19, 2018 | Preview rr

    Mr. Speaker, I am proud to have the Big Brothers Big Sisters national headquarters in my district, Tampa, Florida. Big Brothers Big Sisters is lead by the former two-term mayor, Pam Iorio who is beloved in Tampa, and we are proud of her and Big Brother Big Sisters across America. Today in that spirit, I rise to honor the accomplishments of a true advocate for children everywhere, Mr. Rudy Baldoni. His tireless work for Big Brothers Big Sisters has impacted the lives of countless youths. I am grateful to recognize the incredible work he has put into the nation’s oldest and most effective mentoring organization. Read more

  • Judge Paul W. Danahy
    Posted in Speeches and Floor Statements on April 19, 2018 | Preview rr

    Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor Judge Paul W. Danahy’s Jr.’s 90th birthday. A member of my hometown of Tampa and the state of Florida’s Greatest Generation, Judge Danahy is one of the longest-serving members on Florida’s Second District Court of Appeals. As a legislator, judge, and assistant Attorney General, Judge Danahy earned a reputation for working tirelessly when providing service to others, and for “gaining the respect of all with whom he served.” Read more

  • Dr. Paulette C. Walker
    Posted in Speeches and Floor Statements on February 21, 2018 | Preview rr

    Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the outstanding work of a visionary and a dedicated leader of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Dr. Paulette C. Walker during this year’s Black History Month. Dr. Walker has dedicated her life to improving the lives of others through education and public service. Today, I am grateful to recognize her selfless dedication and honor her valuable contributions to our community. Read more

  • Carolyn House Stewart
    Posted in Speeches and Floor Statements on February 21, 2018 | Preview rr

    Mr. Speaker, I rise today to celebrate one of Tampa’s finest civic leaders Attorney Carolyn House Stewart. During this Black History Month, we honor her timeless dedication and almost 50 year record of honorable service to our community. Read more

  • Joli Cooper-Nelson
    Posted in Speeches and Floor Statements on February 21, 2018 | Preview rr

    Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor a lifetime of professional and personal achievements of an outstanding business leader in the Tampa Bay community, Joli Cooper-Nelson. Ms. Cooper’s commitment to her work and our community has truly made her a role model for women everywhere. That is why, in honor of Black History Month, I recognize her selfless dedication and honor her invaluable contributions to Tampa Bay. Read more

  • Jan Platt
    Posted in Speeches and Floor Statements on November 3, 2017 | Preview rr

    Mr. Speaker, I rise today to celebrate the life of Jan Platt and to honor her legacy for the Tampa Bay community. She will always be remembered as an environmental pioneer, champion for “ethics in government” and inspiration for her selfless service. Read more

  • Barbara A. Zdravecky
    Posted in Speeches and Floor Statements on October 23, 2017 | Preview rr

    Mr. Speaker, I rise today to celebrate the distinguished career and leadership of “one of country’s most influential advocates for women’s rights,” Barbara A. Zdravecky. She is retiring after serving 24 years as the CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida. I am honored to recognize her selfless service and valuable contributions during these challenging times for the health rights of women. A Pennsylvania native, Barbara graduated from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania an... Read more

  • Deborah Gano
    Posted in Speeches and Floor Statements on February 28, 2017 | Preview rr

    Mr. Speaker, in honor of Black History Month, I rise today to honor the accomplishments of a true champion of progress, Deborah Olivia Gano. Her invaluable contributions to the Tampa Bay community are an inspiration to us all. Today, I am grateful to recognize her selfless dedication and honor her valuable service to our community. Ms. Gano was born in Tampa, Florida. During her early childhood, she lived in Georgetown, Guyana for 5 years before returning to Tampa, where she graduated from Middl... Read more