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

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Jake Raburn
Jake Raburn

Jake Raburn (R), 27, marketing director, Hinton Farms Produce

District 57 — part of Hillsborough County

Net Worth: (-$51,564)

Notable: After graduating from the University of Florida, Raburn worked for two years as a marketing specialist at the Florida Department of Citrus before joining his wife’s family farming operation.

Kevin Rader
Kevin Rader

Kevin Rader (D), 44, insurance agent

District 81 — part of Palm Beach County

Net Worth: $913,975

Notable: Rader served in the House from 2008-10.

Ricardo Rangel
Ricardo Rangel

Ricardo Rangel (D), 35, business consultant

District 43 — part of Osceola County

Net Worth: (-$25,000)

Notable: Rangel, a 12-year Army veteran, is a former Osceola County organizer who helped organize Osceola and drum up support in the Puerto Rican community for John Kerry’s presidential campaign in 2004.

Holly Raschein
Holly Raschein

Holly Raschein (R), 32, consultant/former senior legislative aide

District 120 — Monroe County and part of Miami-Dade County

Net Worth: $4,000

Notable: Raschein assumes the seat of her former boss, former House Democratic Leader Ron Saunders, who lost his bid for the Florida Senate in 2012.

Dan Raulerson
Dan Raulerson

Dan Raulerson (R), 55, certified public accountant

District 58 — part of Hillsborough County

Net Worth: $1.2 million

Notable: Raulerson is a former Plant City commissioner and served two years as the mayor of Plant City until June, when he stepped down to focus on his House bid.

David Richardson
David Richardson

David Richardson (D), 55, accountant

District 113 — part of Miami-Dade County

Net Worth: $3.5 million

Notable: Richardson, who faced no opposition after winning his Democratic primary, is one of Florida’s first two openly gay state legislators, both elected in 2012.

Ray Rodrigues
Ray Rodrigues

Ray Rodrigues (R), 42, budget manager, Florida Gulf Coast University

District 76 — part of Lee County

Net Worth: $14,927

Notable: Rodrigues, who serves as vice chairman of the Lee County Republican Party, faced no challengers on the November general election ballot.

Jose Javier Rodriguez
Jose Javier Rodriguez

Jose Javier Rodriguez (D), 34, attorney

District 112 — part of Miami-Dade County

Net Worth: (-$22,543)

Notable: Rodriguez, a Harvard Law School graduate who served in the Peace Corps in Senegal, defeated veteran Republican lawmaker Alex Diaz de la Portilla.

David Santiago
David Santiago

David Santiago (R), 41, financial adviser/Army veteran

District 27 — part of Volusia County

Net Worth: $92,724

Notable: Santiago served as a Deltona city commissioner from 2003-07.

Joe Saunders
Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders (D), 29, community organizer

District 49 — part of Orange County

Net Worth: $21,727

Notable: Saunders, a graduate of the University of Central Florida, is one of Florida’s first two openly gay state legislators, both elected in 2012. As a field director with Equality Florida, Saunders worked on the unsuccessful campaign to defeat Florida’s anti-gay “Marriage Protection Amendment” and more recently served as campaign manager for Equality is Gainesville’s Business, a successful campaign to defeat an anti-gay charter amendment in Gainesville.

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

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