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Chris Dorworth will be new House majority leader

House Speaker-designate Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, announced Monday that he has chosen his likely successor, Rep. Chris Dorworth of Lake Mary, to be the new House majority leader.

Weatherford also announced that the chairman of the House Rulles Committee for the next two years will be Rep. Rob Schenck, R-Spring Hill, and the largely ceremonial position of speaker pro-term will go to Rep. Marti Coley, R-Marianna.

-- Steve Bousquet


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George Colombo

As they say in Law & Order, the headline that accompanies this item assumes an important fact that is not yet in evidence. Before Representative Dorworth becomes House majority leader, he's got to win his election next month... and it's by no means clear that he's going to do so. Dorworth is facing a stiff challenge from retired firefighter Mike Clelland; this may very well be the year that both Democrats AND Republicans decide that when it comes to Mr. Dorworth's ethical lapses, enough is enough.

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