House Speaker Paul Renner names health, education committee leaders

by | Dec 2, 2022

  • House Speaker Paul Renner announced the leadership makeup of committees and subcommittees relating to health and education on Friday 
  • Much of the leadership is comprised of Republican lawmakers, who hold a supermajority in the state House 
  • The 2023 Legislative Session is slated to begin on Mar. 7, 2023 

Incoming House Speaker Paul Renner announced the leadership makeup of committees and subcommittees relating to health and education on Friday.

In the leadup to the 2023 Legislative Session, Rep. Ralph Massullo, Rep. Melony Bell, and Rep. Fred Hawkins were named Chair, Vice Chair, and Whip of the Education & Employment Committee, respectively.

Existing under the Education & Employment Committee, the Education Quality Subcommittee will be headed by Rep. Dana Trabulsy as Chair and Rep. Alex Rizo as Vice Chair.

Also falling under the Education & Employment Committee, Rep. Lauren Melo will lead the Postsecondary Education & Workforce Subcommittee as Chairwoman, while Rep. Mike Beltran is set to serve as Vice Chair.

“Our historic majority has produced a talented and deep bench of lawmakers who are ready to serve and take action. Together, we will deliver on our promise to secure Florida’s future and leave our state better off than we found it,” said Renner.

Rep. Randy Fine, one of the state legislature’s most outspoken and well-known lawmakers will lead the Health & Human Services Committee, with Rep. Joe Harding as Vice Chair and Rep. Michelle Salzman as Whip.

Two subcommittees exist under the Health & Human Services umbrella — the Children, Families & Seniors Subcommittee and the Health Care Regulation Subcommittee.

The Children, Families & Seniors Subcommittee tapped Rep. Traci Koster as Chair and Rep. Patt Maney as Vice Chair.

In the Health Care Regulation Subcommittee, Rep. Chuck Clemons will serve as Chair with Rep. David Borrero as his Vice Chair.

Under the Appropriations Committee, which took on Rep. Tom Leek as Chair, Rep. Lawrence McClure as Vice Chair, and Rep. Jim Mooney as Whip, the Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee is led by Rep. Sam Garrison, with Rep. Michelle Salzman serving as the committee’s Vice Chair.

The Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee will be chaired by Rep. Jason Shoaf, with Rep. Fred Hawkins being called upon as Vice Chair.

Lastly, for the PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee, Rep. Josie Tomkow and Rep. Joe Harding will be Chair and Vice Chair, respectively.


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