Incoming House Speaker Marco Rubio announced Friday that Reps. Dennis Baxley, Marty Bowen, Ellyn Bogdanoff and Adam Hasner would be part of his leadership team when he takes over next week. Baxley, an Ocala Republican, will be speaker pro tempore, while Bowen of Winter Haven will become the next majority leader. Fort Lauderdale Republican Bogdanoff and Delray Beach Republican Hasner will have the jobs of majority whip and deputy majority leader respectively.
Bowen becomes the first Republican woman to serve as majority leader _ although the first woman to lead the Republicans in the Florida House was Sandra Mortham, the former secretary of state who now runs the Florida Medical Association.
"All four of these members bring a mix of experience and leadership qualities as diverse as the people they represent," said Rubio in a statement.
These announcements set the stage for next week when Rubio is expected to announce committee assignments and the unveiling of his long-anticipated plan to merge budget committees and policy committees together.