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South Florida dominates ranking members named for House committees, subcommittees

Kionne McGhee weighed in.

House Speaker José Oliva on Monday announced Democratic ranking members for committees and subcommittees for the 2020 Legislative Session.

The decisions were made, he said, “after consulting with House Democratic Leader Kionne McGhee.”

Ranking members serve as the highest level among the minority party. In both the House and the Senate, Democrats are in the minority. If power shifts between parties, ranking members are typically favored to chair committees and subcommittees.

Most of the ranking member assignments went to South Florida lawmakers. Both Oliva and McGhee represent South Florida.

Tampa Bay area lawmakers Wengay Newton, Ben Diamond, Susan Valdes and Margaret Good will all serve in leadership roles. Newton will serve as the ranking member on the Business and Professions Subcommittee, Valdes on the PreK-12 Innovation Subcommittee, Diamond on the Judiciary Committee and Good on the Health Market Reform Subcommittee.

Four members of the Tampa Bay Area Legislative Delegation did not receive ranking member posts. Those include Reps. Adam Hattersley, Jennifer Webb, Fentrice Driskell and Dianne Hart.

Central Florida Democrats fared well with six appointments including to the powerful Ways and Means Committee. Only a couple each of Democrats from the panhandle and Jacksonville area received appointments.

Here’s the complete list:

Appropriations Committee – Leader Kionne McGhee

Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee – Rep. Kristin Jacobs

Government Operations & Technology Appropriations Subcommittee – Rep. John Cortes

Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee – Rep. Nicholas Duran

Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee – Rep. Ramon Alexander

Justice Appropriations Subcommittee – Rep. Sharon Pritchett

PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee – Rep. Patricia Williams

Transportation & Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee – Rep. Barbara Watson

Commerce Committee – Rep. Evan Jenne

Business & Professions Subcommittee – Rep. Wengay Newton

Energy & Utilities Subcommittee – Rep. Al Jacquet

Gaming Control Subcommittee – Rep. Joe Geller

Insurance & Banking Subcommittee – Rep. Shevrin Jones

Workforce Development & Tourism Subcommittee – Rep. Kamia Brown

Education Committee – Rep. Bruce Antone

Higher Education & Career Readiness Subcommittee – Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith

PreK-12 Innovation Subcommittee – Rep. Susan Valdes

Health & Human Services Committee – Rep. Nicholas Duran

Children, Families & Seniors Subcommittee – Rep. Loranne Ausley

Health Market Reform Subcommittee – Rep. Margaret Good

Health Quality Subcommittee – Rep. Richard Stark

Judiciary Committee – Rep. Ben Diamond

Civil Justice Subcommittee – Rep. Anika Omphroy

Criminal Justice Subcommittee – Rep. Michael Grieco

Public Integrity & Ethics Committee – Rep. Tracie Davis

Rules Committee – Rep. Al Jacquet

State Affairs Committee – Rep. Bobby DuBose

Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee – Rep. Delores Hogan Johnson

Local Administration Subcommittee – Rep. Matt Willhite

Local, Federal & Veterans Affairs Subcommittee – Rep. David Silvers

Oversight, Transparency & Public Management Subcommittee – Rep. Kim Daniels

Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee – Rep. Geraldine Thompson

Ways & Means Committee – Rep. Amy Mercado

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