Sen. Kathleen Passidomo started off the 2019 legislative session by giving each of her Senate colleagues a copy of “A Land Remembered,” Patrick Smith’s intergenerational novel that’s also a cautionary tale about the Sunshine State’s history.

And the Naples Republican will finish out the session with another treat for her legislative pals: an Italian feast that’s become a much-loved annual tradition when tensions are at their highest and fuses at their shortest.

Passidomo, 65, the Senate majority leader, was born in New Jersey and spent her honeymoon driving to Florida the day after she married her husband, John. An attorney, she has risen through the ranks since she was first elected to the state House in 2010 and joined the Senate six years later.

And Passidomo’s power may not have peaked yet: She’s locked in a race with Sen. Travis Hutson, R-St. Augustine, to become Senate president in 2022.

The News Service of Florida has five questions for Kathleen Passidomo.

Q: Do you believe you would lead differently, as a woman? Maybe a better way to ask that is, do you see differences, in general, in how men and women in the legislative process operate?

PASSIDOMO: It’s hard to say,

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