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Smith appoints Sachs as minority pro temp, Soto as deputy whip

Sen. Maria Sachs, D-Delray Beach, will be minority pro-tempore and Sen. Darren Soto, D-Orlando, will be deputy whip in the Florida Senate, Senate Minority Leader Chris Smith, D-Fort Lauderdale confirmed Thursday.

"I think Sachs will do a good job," Smith said. "I think she did a great job during this campaign season and proved herself to be a hard fighter and person of integrity. Even though she was attacked viciously during the campaign I think she held her head up and fought hard."

The minority pro-tempore, who stands in when the minority leader is absent, is largely viewed as having a symbolic position. 

But Sachs said "that won't be the case" with her.

"I'm a doer. I think that's the mother...the woman in me," she said. "I like to get things done."

Smith also praised Soto for his work in Central Florida and for breaking barriers as the first Puerto Rican in the Florida Senate. 

"We're all proud of him, we look forward to him being a leader," Smith said.