April 16, 2014

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Florida's Freshman Lawmakers

Meet Florida's new crop of senators and house representatives. Each profile includes party, district, net worth and notable news.

Amy Keller | 1/4/2013

Senate (continued)

Denise Grimsley
Denise Grimsley

Denise Grimsley (R), 53, registered nurse/citrus grower

District 21 — Okeechobee County and parts of Highlands, Martin, Osceola, Polk and St. Lucie counties

Net Worth: $585,023

Notable: Grimsley served in the Florida House from 2004-12. During the last legislative session, she chaired the House Appropriations Committee, the first woman to serve in that position.

Dorothy Hukill
Dorothy Hukill

Dorothy Hukill (R), 66, attorney

District 8 — parts of Lake, Marion and Volusia counties

Net Worth: $54,883

Notable: Hukill served in the Florida House from 2004-12 and was mayor of Port Orange from 2000-04.

Tom Lee
Tom Lee

Tom Lee (R), 50, vice president, director, Sabal Homes of Florida

District 24 — part of Hillsborough County

Net Worth: $3.17 million

Notable: Lee returns after a six-year hiatus.

John Legg
John Legg

John Legg (R), 37, administrator/teacher

District 17 — parts of Hillsborough and Pasco counties

Net Worth: $89,912

Notable: Legg served in the Florida House from 2004-12 and was deputy majority whip from 2006-08.

Wilton Simpson
Wilton Simpson

Wilton Simpson (R), 46, egg farmer and president, Simpson Environmental Services

District 18 — Hernando County and parts of Pasco and Sumter counties

Net Worth: $12.3 million

Notable: Simpson, a political novice who owns an egg farm and asbestos removal and construction company, ran unopposed in both the primary and general election.

Darren Soto
Darren Soto

Darren Soto (D), 34, attorney

District 14 — parts of Orange, Osceola and Polk counties

Net Worth: (-$75,142)

Notable: Soto moves over from the House, where he had served since 2007.

Kelli Stargel
Kelli Stargel

Kelli Stargel (R), 46, investment property manager

District 15 — parts of Orange, Osceola and Polk counties

Net Worth: $99,182

Notable: Stargel served two consecutive terms in the Florida House, where she chaired the K-20 Innovation Subcommittee.

Geraldine Thompson
Geraldine Thompson

Geraldine Thompson (D), 64, museum founder and retired college administrator

District 12 — part of Orange County

Net Worth: $658,323

Notable: Thompson served in the House for three consecutive terms and as Democratic Leader pro tempore from 2008-10.

Next page, meet new members of Florida's House.

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