The Florida Senate may be a conservative chamber run by wealthy, white men, but it is gradually injecting some women leaders into the second tier of its leadership ranks.
Senate President Andy Gardiner last week named Miami Sen. Anitere Flores as chairman of the newly-named Fiscal Policy Committee and appointed five other women senators as committee chairs. Today, Senate Majority Leader Bill Galvano named Sen. Denise Grimsley of Sebring as the chamber's deputy GOP leader for the 2014-16 legislative term.
Grimsley, a registered nurse, is a legislative veteran who has served as House Appropriations Chair and the Senate Health and Human Services Appropriations Chair.
“As a fifth generation Floridian, a parent, and business woman, Denise knows firsthand the challenges and opportunities of citizens and business owners in our state. She is a conservative leader whose experience will serve our caucus greatly,'' Galvano, R-Bradenton, said in a statement.
Grimsley represents Senate District 21, which consist of Okeechobee, and parts of Highlands, Martin, Osceola, Polk, and St. Lucie counties.
She served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2004-2012 and was elected to the Senate in 2012. Senator Grimsley is a graduate of the University of Miami, with a Masters of Business Administration. She has a daughter and two grandchildren.