Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos on Florida's new congressional seats: "With today’s release of the 2010 census results, Florida’s clout among our country’s 49 other states continues to rise. The population growth in the state allows Floridians to gain two additional voices in the U.S. House of Representatives – meaning our state will be tied for the third largest congressional delegation in the country with 27 members of Congress. Florida has experienced phenomenal growth and in just 40 years, the number of Floridians has nearly tripled to the 18.8 million residents we have today.
"Now the work begins in the Florida Legislature as we draw new congressional districts as well as seats in the Florida House and Senate. This will be a deliberative process and all Floridians will have a voice. I have the utmost confidence in the Senate Reapportionment Committee led by Senator Don Gaetz and look forward to providing an efficient, transparent process to maximize Floridians’ voice in Tallahassee and Washington, D.C."