Florida's Freshman Lawmakers
Meet Florida's new crop of senators and house representatives. Each profile includes party, district, net worth and notable news.
Ross Spano (R), 46, attorney
District 59 — part of Hillsborough County
Net Worth: $731,368
Notable: Spano is a board member of the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce and the Community Issues Council.
Richard “Rick” Stark
Richard “Rick” Stark (D), 60, owner, independent insurance agency Stark & Associates
District 104 — part of Broward County
Net Worth: $1.8 million
Notable: Stark lobbied for 12 years in Tallahassee for health reform and supports full implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Florida.
Linda Stewart (D), 64, former Orange County commissioner
District 47 — part of Orange County
Net Worth: $797,149
Notable: Stewart was Orange County commissioner from 2002-10 and was instrumental in bringing the Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute to Medical City in Lake Nona.
Charlie Stone (R), 65, president and owner, Stone Petroleum Products
District 22 — Levy County and part of Marion County
Net Worth: $473,600
Notable: Stone served two terms on the Marion County Commission and ran unchallenged for the newly drawn 22nd district seat.
Victor “Vic” Torres Jr.
Victor “Vic” Torres Jr. (D), 65, retired detective, New York City Transit Police; retired part-time bus driver
District 48 — part of Orange County
Net Worth: (-$30,846)
Notable: The Bronx-born Torres is of Puerto Rican descent and campaigned for office with just $2,000 while driving a Lynx bus two days a week.
Clovis Watson Jr.
Clovis Watson Jr. (D), 53, retired Alachua city manager; retired police officer
District: District 20 — parts of Alachua and Marion counties
Net Worth: $1.3 million
Notable: During his tenure as Alachua city manager, Watson spearheaded and implemented Vision 2010 Plan, outlining the city’s future growth, guided the city to fiscal stability and AAA bond ratings and helped attract a number of Fortune 500 companies to the region.
Carl “Z” Zimmerman
Carl “Z” Zimmerman (D), 61, high school journalism teacher
District 65 — part of Pinellas County
Net Worth: $88,627
Notable: Zimmerman defeated Republican Rep. Peter Nehr in his third run against the incumbent lawmaker.