Florida Senate

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Florida Senate
2018–2020 Florida Legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Term limits
2 terms (8 years)
History
FoundedMay 26, 1845
Preceded byLegislative Council of the Territory of Florida
Leadership
Bill Galvano (R)
Since Nov. 20, 2018[1]
President pro tempore
David Simmons (R)
Since Nov. 20, 2018[2]
Majority Leader
Kathleen Passidomo (R)
Since Nov. 26, 2018[3]
Minority Leader
Audrey Gibson (D)
Since Nov. 19, 2018[4]
Structure
Seats40
Florida Senate Diagram.svg
Political groups
Majority

Minority

Length of term
4 years
AuthorityArticle III, Constitution of Florida
Salary$29,697.00/year + per diem (Subsistence & Travel)[5]
Elections
Last election
November 6, 2018
(22 seats)
Next election
November 2, 2020
(21 seats)
RedistrictingLegislative control
Motto
In God We Trust
Meeting place
Senate Chamber
Florida Capitol
Tallahassee, Florida
Website
Official website

The Florida Senate is the upper house of the Florida Legislature, the state legislature of the U.S. state of Florida, the Florida House of Representatives being the lower house.[6] The Senate is made of 40 members, each elected from a single-member district with a population of about 470,000 residents.

As of 2018, Republicans hold the majority in the chamber with 23 seats; Democrats are in the minority with 17 seats.[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Bill Galvano of Bradenton elected president of Florida Senate". Bradenton Herald.
  2. "Sen. David Simmons, named Florida Senate president pro tempore, plans to continue education efforts". Tampa Bay Times.
  3. "Passidomo named majority leader, Benacquisto retains chairmanship in Florida Senate". Fort Myers News-Press.
  4. "Senate Democrats select Audrey Gibson as 2018-20 leader". Florida Politics.
  5. "The 2017 Florida Statutes F.S. 11.13 Compensation of members". Florida Legislature.
  6. "CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA". Florida Legislature. Archived from the original on December 8, 2008. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  7. "Senators". Florida Senate.