July 24, 2016

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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Ross Spano
Ross Spano

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

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
Linda Stewart

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
Charlie Stone

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.

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.

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 Zimmerman
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.

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