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McCollum unveils statewide leadership for campaign

The Bill McCollum for Governor campaign just announced its campaign leadership structure -- business, civic and community leaders campaign officials say will "help promote McCollum’s agenda of restoring Florida’s economy and improving the quality of life and standard of living for our children and grandchildren."

Ag Commissioner Charles Bronson, who not so long ago pondered challenging McColum, will serve as statewide chair. Keep reading for the rest, as described by the McCollum camp:

Statewide Chair
Charles H. Bronson

Fifth-generation Floridian, serves as Florida's 10th Agriculture Commissioner. Born into a ranching family in Kissimmee, Bronson comes from a family that traces its long agricultural roots to 1635. From 1994 to 2001, Bronson was in the Florida Senate.
Vern Buchanan
Businessman and Congressman representing District 13; serving Charlotte, DeSoto, Hardee, Manatee, and Sarasota Counties. Member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and Committee of Veterans’ Affairs.
Dean Cannon
Serves in House of Representatives for the State of Florida, representing parts of Central Florida. Representative Cannon has been designated to the Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives in 2010 and currently serves as the Chairman of the House Select Policy Council on Strategic and Economic Planning.
Lincoln Diaz-Balart
Cuban-American has represented Miami as an elected official since 1986. He has served in the Florida House of Representatives and in the Florida Senate. Lincoln was elected to US Congress in 1992, and serves on the powerful House Rules Committee.
Mike Haridopolos
Member of Florida Senate from Brevard County. Currently the Chairman of the Reapportionment Committee, the Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee, and the Policy and Steering Committee on Governmental Operations. He is in line to be Senate President following the 2010 elections.
Connie Mack IV
U.S. Congressman representing Southwest Florida since 2005. His district includes Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Bonita Springs, Englewood, Naples, and Marco Island. Ranking Republican of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere on the House Foreign Affairs Committee; Member of the Budget and Transportation and Infrastructure Committees.
Honorary Chair
Ginny Brown-Waite
U.S. Congresswoman representing Florida’s 5th Congressional District since 2003; Served in the Florida Senate and as a County Commissioner in Hernando County.
Lou Frey
Former congressman from Florida serving from 1969 – 1979. Served in the United States Navy. Founder of the nonpartisan Lou Frey Institute at the University of Central Florida.
Connie Mack III
Served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from Florida from 1983 to 1989 and then as a United States Senator until 2001. He served as Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, 1997–2001. In 2005, Connie Mack III was appointed by President George W. Bush as Chairman of the President's Advisory Panel for Federal Tax Reform.
Bob Martinez
40th Governor of Florida and the grandson of Spanish immigrants. As governor, Martinez initiated America's largest environmental land acquisition program, Preservation 2000. Former Mayor of Tampa and U.S. Drug Czar.
Mel Martinez
U.S. Senator from Florida, first Cuban-American elected to the U.S. Senate; formerly Chairman of the Republican National Committee. Served as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Before becoming Secretary of HUD, Martinez was the elected Chairman/Mayor of Orange County, Florida, and served on the Governor's Growth Management Study Commission. Before entering public service, Martinez practiced law in Florida for 25 years.
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
U.S. Congresswoman representing Florida’s 18th District comprising of Miami-Dade and Monroe counties; Served in the Florida State Senate; holds a Ed.D in higher education from the University of Miami.
Cliff Stearns
U.S. Congressman representing Florida’s 6th District since 1989; Served in Air Force ROTC at George Washington University; Served in the United States Air Force during Vietnam.
Bill Young
Statesmen and U.S. Congressman representing Pinellas County's 10th District since 1971; prior to being elected Congressman Young served 10 years in the Florida Senate.
Statewide Co-Chair
Jeff Atwater
President of the Florida Senate, representing Florida’s 25th Senate District since 2002. Prior to election to the Senate, President Atwater served in the Florida House of Representatives.
Allan Bense
Panama City Businessman and Former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, he served in the Florida Legislature from 1998 through 2006. He is the Vice Chairman of Enterprise Florida and serves on the Board of the Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Council of 100.
Gus Bilirakis
Congressman representing Florida's 9th Congressional District, serving portions of Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas counties. Member of the House Committees on Homeland Security, Veterans' Affairs and Foreign Affairs. Previously served four terms as a member of the Florida House of Representatives.
Bobby Brantley
Former Lieutenant Governor from 1987 to 1991 serving with Governor Bob Martinez; Served in the Florida House of Representatives and as Secretary of the Florida Department of Commerce and as Secretary of the Florida Lottery.
Al Cardenas
Al Cardenas is a former Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida; is a Partner in the law firm of Tew Cardenas and Chairman/Investor in business ventures in Florida. He served in a number of capacities in the Reagan and Bush Administrations and is a former Member of the Board of Florida A and M University.
Ander Crenshaw
Member of the United States House of Representatives since 2001, representing North Florida's 4th congressional district. Serves on three subcommittees within the Committee on Appropriations. Previously served in the Florida House of Representatives and Florida Senate. In 1992, he became the first Republican elected president of the Senate in 118 years in 1992.
Larry Cretul
Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives. He has represented House District 21 since 2002. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1967 to 1971. He is a former County Commissioner for Marion County.
Rich Crotty
Mayor of Orange County serving since 2001. Prior to serving as Mayor, Crotty served in the state legislature in both the House and Senate and as Orange County’s Property Appraiser.
Mario Diaz-Balart
Since 2003 he has been a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Florida's 25th congressional district. Founding member of the Congressional Hispanic Conference and a member of the Committee on the Budget. Also a member of a subcommittee of the Committee on Science & Technology and three subcommittees of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
Don Gaetz
State Senator for Florida’s 4th Senate District. He is the Chairman of the Florida Senate Select Committee on Florida’s Economy. Previously he has served as the Chair of the Education Pre-k-12 committee in 2006-2008. Before being elected to the Senate he served as Superintendent of Schools and as a School Board Member in Okaloosa County. Co-Founder of Vitas Innovative hospice Care.
Jeff Miller
Member of the United States House of Representatives from Northwest Florida/Panhandle, representing Florida’s 1st congressional district. Currently assigned to the Armed Services Committee, where he is ranking member of the Terrorism, Unconventional Threats, and Capabilities Subcommittee, as well as the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
Shannon Miller
Olympian, broadcaster, health and wellness advocate and motivational speaker is a resident of Jacksonville. Shannon is the most decorated American Gymnast, in history, having won more Olympic and World Championship Medals than any other American Gymnast. Member of 6 Halls of Fame including the United States Olympic Hall of Fame, the only female to be inducted twice, and the Women's International Sports Hall of Fame. Graduate of Boston College Law School. Currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and on the board of the Florida Sports Foundation.
John Peyton
Mayor of Jacksonville serving since 2003; Prior to serving as Mayor, Peyton was Vice President of Gate Petroleum Company, chairman of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville Symphony Association and Greenscape of Jacksonville.
Bill Posey
Representative for Florida's 15th congressional district. Former member of the Florida Senate, having represented the 24th District and the Space Coast. Serves on two subcommittees of the Committee on Financial Services.
Tom Rooney
Congressman representing Florida’s 16th Congressional District and serves on the House Armed Services Committee and Judiciary Committee. He is a former criminal prosecutor in the Office of Attorney General and Special Assistant US Attorney. He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Jag Corps and taught constitutional law at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Will Weatherford
Representative for the 61st district of Florida’s House of Representatives. He is the Chair of the House Committee on State and Community Colleges and Workforce Appropriations.
Honorary Co-Chair
Ellyn Bogdanoff
Elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2004 was the Republican Majority Whip during the 2006-2008 Session and is currently serving as the Chair of the Finance and Tax Council. Ellyn is an attorney and business owner who has served on the Federal Judicial Nominating Commission. She has served on many state and local community service boards, which include Children’s Home Society and a charter member of the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Broward County. She has received many awards for her community and legislative service and most recently was recognized by Gold Coast Magazine as one of 50 most influential people in Broward County.
Jennifer Carroll
Elected to the House in 2003 and is the first Black Female Republican elected to the Florida Legislature. Served as Republican Majority Whip 2006-2008. Lifetime member of the NAACP, American Legion, and NRA.
Sharon Day
Secretary of the RNC and RNC National Committeewoman for the State of Florida along with being Republican Party of Florida Broward State Committeewoman. Sharon is currently Chairman of the Broward County Housing Authority and serves on the Florida Commission on the Status of Women.
Nancy Detert
Elected to the Florida Senate in 2008 and named Senate Republican Majority Whip, 2008-2010. She also served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1998 to 2006 and on the Sarasota County School Board from 1988 to 1996.
Mike Fasano
Florida State Senator from Pasco County, Committee Memberships included: Communications and Public Utilities, Fiscal Policy and Calendar, Health Regulation, Judiciary, Regulated Industries, Rules, and the Joint Legislative Budget Commission. Serves as President Pro Tempore of the Florida Senate. Chairs the Transportation and Economic Development Committee.
Anitere Flores
Elected to the House in 2004 from Miami. Currently serves as the Deputy Majority Leader and Chair of K-12 Education Appropriations. A member of The Florida Bar, she previously received the Legislative "Rising Star Award". Currently serves as Director of Community Partnerships at Florida International University.
Adam Hasner
State Representative from Palm Beach County and the first Jewish Republican Majority Leader of the Florida House of Representatives. Has sponsored legislation on a wide variety of issues including guaranteeing that more education dollars are spent in the classroom, protecting workers' rights by guaranteeing the right to secret ballot elections in the workplace and promoting alternative energy sources including the expanded use of solar power, ocean energy and electric vehicles.
Marcelo Llorente
Son of Cuban immigrants. Member of the Florida House of Representatives, 3rd youngest member ever elected to the House. Attended Tulane University where he played baseball and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. He then earned his law degree from the Florida State University College of Law. Resides in Miami-Dade County.
David Rivera
Chairman of the Miami-Dade Republican Party. Elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2002 and serves as Chairman of the House Full Appropriations Committee. Served as Director of National Political Affairs and Director of Hispanic Outreach for the Republican Party of Florida.
Paul Senft
RNC National Committeeman for the State of Florida and Southeast Regional Representative on the executive board of the RNC. Appointed to the Governing Board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District. Paul has served in numerous appointed and elected government positions on the Polk County Commission and is President of the Haines City Economic Development Council.