"Prince Charming never showed up. I hope he’s still out there, but I’m really afraid his horse is gray and he’s gray and I’ll be gray when he shows up. "
The former lieutenant governor and legislator, and chairman of Jack Jennings & Sons spoke with us for our Florida Icon series:
» There are not many places in central Florida that I can’t drive down a street and see a building we built at some point. We’re not real big. We have 25 employees. We used to have a lot of craftsmen who did the work themselves. Now we just manage and subcontract almost everything. This is our 65th year in business.
» My first campaign slogan, because I came from the construction industry, was: ‘Build government better, not bigger.’
» I have twin brothers. They are the ‘sons’ of Jack Jennings & Sons.
» A couple people approached me and said, ‘Have you ever thought of running for office?’ Unbeknownst to me, they had approached my dad, too. I thought about it and said, ‘You know, you never know what you can do till you try.’ I was enamored with politics at the time. So I ended up running.
» If you had stopped me in high school and said ‘One day you will not only run for office, but be in the Legislature and be lieutenant governor,’ I would have thought you were crazy.