TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA — Today, Florida House Speaker-Designate Paul Renner announced the appointment of Representative Michael Grant as Majority Leader for the upcoming Legislative term.
As Majority Leader, Representative Grant will guide the Republican Conference and shepherd the Republican agenda throughout Committee Weeks and the Legislative Session.
“The best leaders in our process excel at guiding members through the challenges and opportunities they face during their time of service in Tallahassee,” House Speaker-Designate Paul Renner told The Florida Standard. “Representative Grant’s skill in moving bills through the legislative process and management of floor debate positions our 85-member supermajority for success,” he added.
Representative Grant, who recently served as Majority Leader from 2020–2022, represents the people of House District 75, which includes parts of Sarasota and Charlotte County. Grant was recently re-elected to his fourth consecutive term.
“Speaker-Designate Renner has assembled the largest Republican Conference ever elected and I am honored to join his team as Majority Leader,” said Representative Grant. “I look forward to championing his vision to seize this historic moment for Florida and leave our state better off than we found it.”
SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE RECOMMENDED
Speaker-Designate Renner also announced that he is recommending Representative Chuck Clemons to the House leadership team as Speaker pro tempore for the upcoming Legislative term.
As Speaker pro tempore, Representative Clemons will perform the duties of the Speaker in the event of an interim vacancy of the Speaker through death, resignation or disability. Clemons will also preside in the Chamber when the Speaker leaves the Chair.
“When recalling the first time he entered the Chamber of the Florida House, Representative Clemons said ‘I do not deserve to be here.’ True leaders have such reflections because they recognize the weight and value of the sacred trust voters place in us. I am honored to call him a colleague and a friend,” Speaker-Designate Renner told The Florida Standard.
“Representative Clemons embodies servant leadership, and his experience throughout his time in the Legislature will help ensure we conduct our business on the House floor professionally and efficiently,” Renner added.
Representative Clemons represents the people of House District 22, which includes Gilchrist, Levy and part of Alachua County. Clemons was recently re-elected to his fourth consecutive term. Recently, Clemons served as Deputy Majority Leader and Majority Whip from 2020-2022.
“I am honored that Speaker-Designate Renner would nominate me to serve on his leadership team as Speaker pro tempore,” said Representative Clemons. “Speaker-Designate Renner will be leading us through a historic moment where all eyes are on the Sunshine State. I am grateful for his friendship, his leadership, and his commitment to leading the Florida House with courage and principle.”
In October, Florida legislative leaders agreed to hold a special session after the November 8 election to discuss the property insurance industry – an issue that gained more attention in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian. Legislative efforts may also be considered to provide property tax relief to areas affected by the catastrophic storm.