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Bill Galvano

President of the Florida Senate
Assumed officeNovember 20, 2018
Preceded byJoe Negron
Majority Leader of the Florida Senate
In officeNovember 18, 2014 - November 29, 2016
Preceded byLizbeth Benacquisto
Succeeded byWilton Simpson
Member of the Florida Senate
In officeNovember 6, 2012 - November 3, 2020
Preceded byRedistricted
Succeeded byJim Boyd
Constituency26th district (2012-2016) 21st district (2016-2020)
Member of the Florida House of Representatives from the 68th district
In officeNovember 5, 2002 - November 2, 2010
Preceded byMark G. Flanagan
Succeeded byJim Boyd
Personal details
Born( 1966-04-16 ) April 16, 1966 (age 54) Liberty, New York , U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Julie Forrester
Children3
EducationManatee Community College ( AA ) University of Florida ( BA ) University of Miami ( JD )
Twitter@billgalvano
FacebookBillGalvano

Taking gavel Tuesday as 88 President of Florida Senate since statehood, Bradenton Republican Bill Galvano said he plans to focus on keeping state prosperous and managing its rapid growth with improved infrastructure. 52-year-old Galvano Has Proven To Be Savvy Political Operator And Is Now One Of Most Powerful Elect Officials In Florida. He was lauded by GOP colleagues Tuesday as steady leader who is calm under pressure, deft at tackling complex issues and highly drive. Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto said Galvanos ' calm and quiet reserve has helped steer Senate through turbulent times. May we never mistake what lies beneath his quiet demeanor, say R-Fort Myers. He is warrior. Galvano is highest-ranking state lawmaker from Sarasota or Manatee counties since Bradenton Republican John McKay was Senate President in 2001 and 2002. Tuesday marks start of two-year term as Senate President for Galvano, who served eight years in House before joining Senate in 2012. Galvano and new state House Speaker Jose Oliva, R-Miami Lakes, will lead Legislature through 2020, working in partnership with incoming GOP Governor Ron DeSantis to craft state budgets and tackle range of policy issues. Galvano pledged to stay on path followed by GOP leaders who have governed Tallahassee for two decades and build upon successes of past by keeping taxes low, regulations reasonable and limiting state debt while maintaining significant budget reserve. But he said state also needs to invest in infrastructure to keep economy humming and keep up with growth. Future Of Floridas Economy And Ability To Expand And Diversify Its Economy Is Tied To Strength Of Our Infrastructure And Our Investment Therein, Galvano Said Tuesday. At all from transportation to water to communications. Let US think innovatively when it comes to infrastructure, so we are not just addressing needs of today, but anticipating needs of tomorrow. Galvano notes that Florida's growth is equivalent of adding city larger than Orlando each year. We need to ready, he say. We need to govern with reality in mind. Galvano is taking over Senate after divisive election season that saw partisan tensions reach boiling point thanks to pair of contentious, high-profile races for US Senate and Governor that were so close they each go to recount. Heat rhetoric continue through recount process, which include allegations by incoming US Sen. Rick Scott of rampant fraud. Galvano said he hops to move beyond election season. It has been long election cycle, vigorously fight, and voters have to speak, as is cornerstone of our democracy, he say. But, now it is time to move forward united in purpose of serving, to absolute best of our ability, people of Florida. Midterm Election Leaves Galvano With One Less GOP Senator To Help Implement His Agenda.

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History

Florida drivers shouldn't be surprised if one day they find themselves down Bill Galvano Expressway. Naming highway after Galvano seems appropriate in light of how Bradenton Republican used his considerable legislative clout this year. As President of Florida Senate, Galvano is one of most powerful lawmakers in State. It's opportunity to leave big legacy, and Galvano's legacy will be easy to spot. Some legislative leaders create programs that on through people they help. Last Senate President From Bradenton, John McKay, Has School Voucher For Disabled Students Named After Him. Galvano's creation will much more tangible three ribbons of asphalt stretching for miles. Bradenton Republican Muscled His Proposal To Build Three New Toll Roads Across Legislative Finish Line Last Week, Bulldozing Opponents Who View Infrastructure Plan As Environmental Disaster And Financial Folly. There does not appear to be big public appetite for toll road plans even in rural communities where roads will travel but it had some powerful backers in Florida Chamber of Commerce, road builders and major landowners. Galvano touts road-building initiative as major economic stimulus for rural areas and way to alleviate traffic on existing roads. Whether those predictions come to fruition will be big part of his legacy. These new infrastructure corridors will help Florida strategically plan for future population growth, revitalize rural communities, and enhance public safety, while at same time protecting Florida's unique natural resources and habitats, Galvano said when road Bill was passed last week. Some are branding new highways which will stretch from north of Tampa to Georgia border and from Polk County to Naples area as roads to nowhere, and predicting they'll be expensive boondoggles. History will decide if Galvano was visionary who reshaped state's development and traffic patterns or leader who took Florida's infrastructure planning wildly off course. Galvano's local legacy less complicated. State Budget That Lawmakers Approved Saturday Includes Substantial Funds For Range Of Projects And Institutions In Sarasota And Manatee Counties, And Galvano Is Driving Force Behind Much Of Legislative Largesse. Mote Marine Laboratory big winner, with Galvano helping to steer 18 million over six years to Sarasota Marine science Center. University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee also emerged as one of biggest local beneficiaries of Galvano's presidency, at least from funding perspective. Some USFSM supporters question Bill approved last year that revoke independent accreditation for campus. McKay had helped USFSM and USF. Petersburg on independent path after concerns were raised that they weren't getting fair treatment from USF administration in Tampa. Galvano stood by last year as USF consolidation plan became law, reversing one of McKay's legacies. But this he helped ensure USFSM receives favorable budget treatment. Campus is getting 5 million in additional recurring for operational expenses.

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Committee assignments

Senate President Bill Galvano put his stamp on Florida Senate on Monday, as he slimmed down number of lawmakers holding Committee chairmanships and trimmed number of Democrats in leadership spots. Galvano, Bradenton Republican who was sworn in last week as President, keep some Republicans in same spots they held last year under former Sen. President Joe Negron, including Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto, Fort Myers Republican who will remain in her role as chairman of Rules Committee, and Sen. Rob Bradley, Fleming Island Republican who returns as chairman of Appropriations Committee. But other senators who were in Negrons inner circle-including Sen. Anitere Flores, Miami Republican who chairs Banking and Insurance Committee and Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee-will have smaller roles. Flores will chair Community Affairs Committee. It was with much deliberation that appointments were make, input from members and knowledge of having served with many of them either in House or Senate or watched them from across rotunda, Galvano told News Service of Florida. Our team is well-position to serve people of Florida with many issues we presently facing. Helping round out Galvano's leadership team is Sen. Kathleen Passidomo, Naples Republican who assumed post of Senate majority leader. Galvano said he named her to position because she has good rapport with Republican caucus members. Democrats picked up seats during Nov. 6 Elections, leaving Republicans with 23-17 advantage in Senate. But Galvano reduced number of Democrats in charge of committees from four to two. Sen. Lauren Book, D-Plantation, will chair Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee. Sen. Bill Montford, D-Tallahassee, will chair Environment and Natural Resources Committee. Galvano's biggest structural move was to merge four committees into two, resulting in fewer to give out. He combine former Communications, Energy, and Public Utilities Committee and regulate Industries Committee into New Innovation, Industry and Technology Committee, which will be chaired by Sen. Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby. Simpson is expected to succeed as President in 2020 if Republicans keep their majority. Galvano also combines Transportation Committee and domestic-Security portion of Military and Veterans Affairs Committee to form New Infrastructure and Security Committee. It will chaired by Sen. Tom Lee, R-Thonotosassa. Galvano merges two Education-spending panels-The former Higher Education PreK-12 Education subcommittees-into one spending panel called Education Appropriations Subcommittee. That will be chaired Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland. He also merge former General Government and Environment and Natural Resources Appropriations subcommittees to form Agriculture, Environment, and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee. That panel will chaired by Sen. Debbie Mayfield, R-Rockledge. Another change on fiscal end is that Galvano elevated former Finance and Tax Appropriations Subcommittee to full standing Committee, which will be chaired by Sen. George Gainer, R-Panama City.-Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, chairman of Commerce and Tourism Committee.

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