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Legislative Preview: The Freshman Class

More than one-third of the new lawmakers are lawyers, and 14 of the House's 44 freshmen are millionaires.

Amy Keller | 3/1/2011

The 2010 elections gave Republicans a veto-proof majority in the Legislature. In the Florida House, Republicans hold an 81-39 majority. In the Senate, GOP pickups included outgoing Sen. Dave Aronberg's seat, which went to Lizbeth Benacquisto, and Sen. Charlie Justice's seat, which sees a return of Jack Latvala. The Republicans now hold a 28-12 majority in that chamber. All told, Tallahassee welcomes 57 newcomers. More important than the Republican-Democrat tally, say political observers, is that the new senators, regardless of party, will be more business-friendly.

At the links below, you'll find lists of all the new representatives and senators. They include photos, district, net worth and some notable factoids on each person.

» Meet Florida's New Representatives

» Meet Florida's New Senators

Representatives being sworn in
Representatives (from left): Doug Broxson, Clay Ingram, Elizabeth Porter, Daniel Davis and Reggie Fullwood being sworn in [Photo: James Borchuc- St. Petersburg Times]

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