April 23, 2014

Tallahassee Trend

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

House

The 120-member Florida House has 44 new members — 24 Democrats and 20 Republicans.

Bruce Antone
Bruce Antone

Bruce Antone (D), 52, consultant

District 46 — part of Orange County

Net Worth: $150,000

Notable: Antone served in the House from 2002-06.

Halsey Beshears
Halsey Beshears

Halsey Beshears (R), 41, CFO, Simpson Nurseries; president, Total Landscape Supply

District 7 — Calhoun, Franklin, Gulf, Jefferson, Lafayette, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, Wakulla counties and part of Leon County

Net Worth: $619,765

Notable: Beshears was president of the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association from 2011-12.

Randolph Bracy III
Randolph Bracy III

Randolph Bracy III (D), 35, director of business development, Workforce Advantage Academy, an Orange County charter school

District 45 — part of Orange County

Net Worth: $2,573

Notable: Bracy got his professional start working as a campaign strategist and political adviser to former Orange County Commissioner Homer Hartage, Orange County Commissioner Bill Segal, state Sen. Gary Siplin and U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson.

Mike Clelland
Mike Clelland

Mike Clelland (D), 49, lawyer/retired firefighter

District 29 — part of Seminole County

Net Worth: $203,000

Notable: Clelland pulled off the biggest upset in Florida last November, when he defeated Rep. Chris Dorworth (R-Lake Mary), who was slated to become House Speaker for the 2015-16 legislative sessions. Clelland won by 146 votes.

Neil Combee
Neil Combee

Neil Combee (R), 53, rancher and real estate and government affairs consultant, Republic Services Florida, a waste management company

District 39 — parts of Osceola and Polk counties

Net Worth: $517,674

Notable: Combee served 16 years as a Polk County commissioner and was on the governing board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District for seven years.

Travis Cummings
Travis Cummings

Travis Cummings (R), 40, owner/president of an employee benefits consulting firm

District 18 — parts of Clay County

Net Worth: $604,642

Notable: The former Clay County commissioner ran unopposed.

Mark Danish
Mark Danish

Mark Danish (D), 58, teacher

District 63 — part of Hillsborough County

Net Worth: $239,254

Notable: Danish beat incumbent Republican Rep. Shawn Harrison of Tampa.

Karen Castor Dentel
Karen Castor Dentel

Karen Castor Dentel (D), 44, teacher

District 30 — parts of Orange and Seminole counties

Net Worth: $265,893

Notable: Dentel, who is the sister of Democratic U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor and daughter of former USF President Betty Castor, beat incumbent Rep. Scott Plakon (R) in one of the biggest spending House races in the state.

Manny Diaz Jr.
Manny Diaz Jr.

Manny Diaz Jr. (R), 39, assistant principal

District 103 — parts of Broward and Miami-Dade counties

Net Worth: (-$20,800)

Notable: A native of Hialeah, Diaz is no relation to the former Miami mayor who shares his name.

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

Tags: Politics & Law, Government/Politics & Law

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