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Weatherford taps Crisafulli as new House Majority Leader

Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford on Wednesday announced a changing of the guards, and they're both named Steve(!)

Out goes Rep. Stephen Precourt, R-Orlando as House Majority Leader. In comes Rep. Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, who is scheduled to become the House Speaker in 2014. Weatherford also announced the creation of a new committee, Health Care Workforce Innovation. He chose Rep. Jose Oliva, R-Miami, to be its chair. Oliva is slated to become speaker in 2018.

The promotion will raise the profile of Crisafulli, who only became speaker designate last year when Chris Dorworth lost his reelection. The majority leader is the second most senior official in the House and the day-to-day manager of business on the House floor.

"The Speaker thought it's a great opportunity that will prepare Speaker-designate Crisafulli to be Speaker of the House by leading our caucus," said Weatherford's spokesman. "Also, it's an opportunity for Rep. Precourt to focus on what he loves - policy - in his last year in the Florida House."

Precourt couldn't be reached for comment. But from Weatherford's release, it sounds like Crisafulli is pretty stoked. 

House Speaker Will Weatherford (R-Wesley Chapel) today announced the appointment of Steve Crisafulli (R-Merritt Island) as the Florida House Majority Leader and has released the 2014 chairs and vice chairs of substantive committees for the Florida House of Representatives.
“Speaker-designate Crisafulli has already earned the support of the Republican caucus as a future Speaker; as Majority Leader, he will help to articulate our party’s vision for less government, education reform, low taxes and economic freedom in the next year," said Weatherford.  "I want to thank Leader Precourt for doing a tremendous job in the Majority Office this year and I look forward to his leadership as the new chair of the State Affairs Committee.” 

 “Under Leader Precourt’s leadership, our members had a great session in 2013, and I’m looking forward to more success in the next year,” said Crisafulli.  “I appreciate Speaker Weatherford’s confidence in me and thank him for the opportunity to serve as House Majority Leader.”