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Newly-elected Senate Minority Leader Gary Farmer has selected Sen. Bobby Powell Jr. as Pro Tempore for the 2020-2022 term.
The Leader Pro Tempore steps in to lead the caucus whenever the Leader is absent.
Less than an hour before the Democratic caucus met to formally elect both Farmer and Powell to their positions at the head of the minority, Farmer announced his selection Friday afternoon.
“I am honored that Minority Leader-Designate Farmer and my colleagues entrust me in this role as pro tempore,” said Powell, of West Palm Beach. “I firmly believe a life of service is a life that counts, and I am ready to serve on behalf of the Senate Democratic Caucus, residents of District 30 and residents of the state of Florida.”
Senate President-designate Wilton Simpson has already selected Sen. Aaron Bean, a Republican from Fernandina Beach, to be the next President Pro Tempore.
Former Sen. Bill Montford, of Tallahassee, was the previous Minority Leader Pro Tempore.
From 2018-2020, Powell served as the Vice-Chair of the Agriculture, Environment, and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee. For the 2016-2018 term, he was Vice-Chair of the