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House Democrats Set Up 2013-2014 Leadership with Mia Jones as Pro Tempore

November 13, 2012 - 6:00pm

State House Democratic Leader Perry Thurston, D-Fort Lauderdale, has nominated Rep. Mia Jones, D-Jacksonville, as Democratic Leader Pro Tempore as he rounds out his leadership team for the 2013-2014 sessions.

Jones, the legislative Black Caucus chair, is a special assistant to Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown. She was first elected to the House in 2008.

Other leadership roles named Wednesday by Thurston:

Rep. Jim Waldman, D-Coconut Creek, is to be Democratic floor leader.

Rep. Mark Pafford, D-West Palm Beach, Democratic policy chair.

Rep. Darryl Rouson, D-Tampa, as Democratic policy adviser.

Rep. Alan Williams, D-Tallahassee, Democratic whip.
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Jones appointment is the only one subject to approval by the Democratic Caucus.

Thurston also announced plans to recommend that incoming House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, appoint Rep. Joe Gibbons, D-Pembroke Pines, to be the ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee and Rep. Janet Cruz, D-Tampa, as the ranking member of the Ethics and Elections Subcommittee.

Reach Jim Turner at jturner@sunshinestatenews.com or at (772) 215-9889.

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