Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Lakeland, has been named to President-elect Donald Trump's transition team, joining a group that includes Attorney General Pam Bondi.
Trump announced Ross and other additions in an email tonight:
Vice Chairs: Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis, Kathleen Troia "KT" McFarland, Congressman Tom Reed and Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers and U.S. Senator Tim Scott. Also joining the Executive Committee are: Congressman Sean Duffy, Congressman Trey Gowdy, Congressman Dennis Ross, Pastor Darrell Scott and Kiron Skinner.
Days before the election, Ross appeared at a Tampa rally for Trump "As Hillsborough County goes," Ross said, "so goes the state of Florida."
In the small sense, he was wrong. Hillary Clinton actually won Hillsborough, going from bellweather to outlier. But Trump won the state on way to a stunning national victory.
"Thank you!" Ross said in response to congratulations from a supporter on Twitter.
--ALEX LEARY, Tampa Bay Times