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  • 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

  • Alton White
    Posted in Speeches and Floor Statements on February 28, 2017 | Preview rr

    Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the legacy of one of Tampa Bay’s true trailblazer, Alton Maurice White, during Black History Month. He has dedicated himself to improving the lives of others through public service and education. Today, I am grateful to recognize his selfless dedication and honor his valuable service to our community. Mr. White chose early on in his impressive career to dedicate himself to service to his community. Receiving an athletic scholarship attending Florida A&M Univers... Read more

  • Chloe Coney
    Posted in Speeches and Floor Statements on February 28, 2017 | Preview rr

    Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the accomplishments of a true champion of progress, Chloe J. Coney. She is retiring this month after 10 years of serving as my district director in Tampa. Her invaluable contributions to the Tampa Bay community are an inspiration to us all. Today, I am grateful to recognize her selfless dedication, honor her valuable service to our community and thank her for her daily efforts to serve our neighbors in Tampa. Known as a “woman who wears many hats,” Mrs. Coney i... Read more

  • Theresa A. Manuel
    Posted in Speeches and Floor Statements on December 6, 2016 | Preview rr

    Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the life of an extraordinary Tampa resident and Olympian, Theresa A. Manuel. While Ms. Manuel competed internationally in track and field, her undying commitment to students at home as a teacher and coach may have had an even greater impact on the hearts of my neighbors across the Tampa Bay area. Despite growing up during segregation, Theresa Manuel persevered through adversity to become the first African-American woman from Florida to compete in the Olympic Ga... Read more