From the News Service of Florida:
Florida likely has a new richest lawmaker as the part-time Legislature prepares to return in September for committee meetings in advance of the 2018 session.
With a 22.3 percent jump in his net worth to $32.8 million, Republican Rep. Ralph Massullo, a Lecanto dermatologist, has surpassed Sen. George Gainer in wealth, according to newly filed reports with the state Commission on Ethics.
Gainer, a Panama City Republican who owns car dealerships across Northwest Florida, saw his net worth grow by 12.6 percent to $31.46 million.
Annual financial disclosure reports were due July 3, though the state gives a grace period for filing. About one-fifth of lawmakers --- including House Education Chairman Michael Bileca, R-Miami, House Ways & Means Chairman Jim Boyd, R-Bradenton, and Senate Communications, Energy & Public Utilities Chairwoman Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland --- had not submitted their paperwork as of Monday morning.
The trend among the filed reports shows a majority of the 158 House and Senate members have seen upticks in their wealth over the past year. Two seats are currently vacant.