Although Florida is undergoing important recounts for important offices, it’s certain that Republicans are staying in control of the Florida senate. With this, Bill Galvano, Senate President, has picked Senator David Simmons to serve as president pro tempore.Simmons has been in the senate since 2010, and he’s quickly been a key leader by being both a deputy majority whip and leading the Senate Rules Committee.
In a statement, Galvano detailed the reason for his decision, saying that “The role of Senate president pro tempore is a position of significant trust and authority. Together with the president and the Rules chair, the pro tempore is responsible for ensuring that we abide by the letter and spirit of the Senate Rules to ensure all Senators have the opportunity to advocate for their constituents.”
Galvano added that “Senator Simmons and I have both had the honor of serving as Rules chair. We share a love of history and an appreciation for the rules and procedures that govern the legislative process. As president pro tempore he will ensure we maintain the high standards of fair and open civil discourse expected of the Florida Senate.”
He concluded, explaining that “Over the years, David has been a reliable partner in working through challenging public policy and budget issues. We have all seen David’s unmatched work ethic and tireless determination to fiercely advocate for the issues and causes he supports. However, those of us who have served with David in both the House and the Senate have also witnessed the countless occasions where he demonstrates the same tenacity and dedication when speaking up for his fellow representatives or senators if he feels that a colleague has been treated unfairly. I am confident David will approach the position of president pro tempore with a level of respect we will all admire.”