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December 11 Legislative Preview

On December 11th at 11:30 a.m., Tampa Tiger Bay Club presented a preview of the 2016 legislative session with two of the State’s most powerful legislators, Rep. Ed. Narain and Sen. Jack Latvala.

Sen. Jack Latvala (left) and Rep. Ed Narain (right)

Sen. Jack Latvala (left) and Rep. Ed Narain (right)

Additionally, Wheels of Success gave away a free car to a worthy recipient at our luncheon! You can read about some interesting comments from Sen. Latvala here. Thank you William March of the Tampa Bay Times for the coverage!

In November 2014, Edward “Ed” Narain was elected to the Florida House of Representatives as the State Representative for District 61. As a freshman legislator, Ed was elected Chairman of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus, earned the Florida Counties Association County Champion Award and received a coveted Distinguished Advocate Award from the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

Ed Narain

Ed Narain

Republican Jack Latvala has been a fixture on the Florida political scene since at least 1994 when he first won election to the Florida Senate. Since 2012, he has represented Florida’s 20th Senate District which covers parts of Pinellas County.

Jack Latvala (R) - Florida Senate - 20th District

Jack Latvala (R) – Florida Senate – 20th District

Sen. Latvala, after losing a lengthy battle for Senate presidency to Joe Negron, landed one of the more powerful positions in Florida politics, chair of the Senate’s Appropriations Committee.

Peter Schorsch of Florida Politics breaks down the winners and losers of the Latvala-Negron Senate presidency battle here.

Bay News 9 quotes Rep. Narain with regards to Gov. Scott’s $250 million business incentive plan here.