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REPORT: Jennifer Canady Expected to Become First Female Speaker of House in Florida

Canady edged Jessica Baker in a “contentious” race, according to a new report.

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA — Jennifer Canady is on track to become Florida’s first female Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, according to a new report from Florida Politics.

The freshman lawmaker’s unofficial victory for the position followed an “intense, behind-the-scenes competition between her, fellow Tampa Bay lawmaker Kevin Steele and northeast Florida’s Jessica Baker,” the outlet noted.

Canady, a Lakeland-based educator and wife of Florida Supreme Court Justice Charles Canady, will lead the Chamber in 2028 – assuming she is reelected and Republicans retain their majority in the House.

Canady’s first Legislative Session was marked by her championing of the Heartbeat Protection Act, which prohibits abortions after a fetus has surpassed 6 weeks gestation.