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Michael Grant named House Republican Whip

State Rep. Michael Grant, a Port Charlotte Republican, was selected to serve as the House Majority Whip for 2018-20.

The news was officially announced Friday.

“I am extremely pleased with the selection of Michael Grant,” said House Republican Leader Dane Eagle in a statement.

“He brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and collegiality to the position, and I expect he will immediately become an important and effective member in House leadership,” Eagle added.

“I look forward to working with Rep. Grant and our Republican majority in our quest to boldly pass conservative reforms that will benefit Florida families for years to come.”

The position of whip “enforces party discipline on votes deemed to be crucial by the party leadership and ensuring that members do not vote in a way not approved of by the party,” according to Ballotpedia.

The 69-year-old Grant first served in the House 2004-08, then rejoined the chamber in 2016 after running unopposed. He was Deputy Whip for 2016-18.

The Massachusetts native, a “former ambulance inspector and emergency medical technician,” moved to Florida in 1988 and founded Grant Medical Transportation.

That company later acquired Ambitrans, which became Southwest Florida’s largest private ambulance company.

Grant’s other public service includes Charlotte County Airport Authority Commissioner, Charlotte County Transportation Disadvantaged Advisory Board, and Enterprise Charlotte.

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