TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA — Today, Senate President Kathleen Passidomo was appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis to the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame.
President Passidomo has been a leader and trailblazer in Florida for decades, and has served as an example for young women across the state to follow.
“Senator Passidomo has been a dedicated leader to the state of Florida,” said Governor DeSantis. “It has been a pleasure to work with her to advance meaningful policies that better the lives of Florida families. She deserves this great honor in Florida’s Women’s Hall of Fame.”
Passidomo was one of the first female attorneys to have her own practice in the Naples area more than 40 years ago, and she was among the first attorneys in Florida to be board certified in real estate law. This year, Passidomo became the third woman to serve as president of the Florida Senate and is only the second female Republican to hold the position.
This year Passidomo shepherded the largest tax cut in state history, which included permanently eliminating sales tax on diapers, wipes and other baby items.
Under her leadership, the Florida Legislature also passed the Live Local Act to support record workforce housing programs and secured $200 million to expand Florida’s greenways and trails system, the SUN trail network and access to the Florida wildlife corridor.
As a senator and a resident of Naples, Passidomo has been a staunch supporter for Floridians who were impacted by Hurricane Ian, working with Governor DeSantis and Speaker Paul Renner to pass legislation and provide funding to accelerate the storm recovery process in southwest Florida.
Kathleen Passidomo and her husband have been married for 45 years. She is the mother of three daughters who followed in her footsteps – two of them going on to become lawyers and one who is now a professor at the University of Mississippi. She is also the proud grandmother of two grandchildren.