Jose Oliva primed to assume House Speaker post
During a ceremonial meeting of Florida House Republicans, members unanimously nominated Jose Oliva as House Speaker and MaryLynn Magar Speaker Pro-Tempore.
The House will convene early Tuesday to formally recognize the two lawmakers, along with others, in their leadership capacities set for the next two legislative sessions.
Republican state Rep. Blaise Ingoglia, in recognizing Oliva, described the Miami Lakes lawmaker as someone who has “unwavering principle.” Ingoglia, of Spring Hill, is the chairman of the Republican Party of Florida and Oliva’s Tallahassee roommate.
Republican Rep. Travis Cummings, of Orange Park, spoke before Magar’s formal nomination, calling her a lawmaker of “grace, warmth, class and toughness.” Notably, Magar, a Tequesta Republican, suffered a stroke during her first term in office, but returned to Tallahassee just two months after recovering.
“When God granted me a new day, Speaker Oliva was one of my very first visitors,” Magar said, recalling the 2014 incident. She promised to pursue “less government, more freedom and equal opportunity” in her new leadership capacity.
Speaking to reporters afterward, Oliva shed light on how the next 60-day lawmaking session will proceed.
He said he hopes lawmakers do not have to