Corey Simon Urges Preserving ‘Access to the American Dream’ in Upcoming Legislative Session

November 22, 2022 Updated 4:21 PM ET

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TALLAHASSEE (FLV) – State Sen. Corey Simon, R-Tallahassee, gave a speech as Sen. Kathleen Passidomo stepped into her new role as Senate President during the Organizational Session Tuesday.

Service is about digging deep and doing more. Leadership is about inspiring others to meet you in the moment.

Madam President, I think I speak for us all when we say we are ready, willing and eager to meet you in the moment. Because we arrived here, not just a mandate, but a responsibility to preserve access to the American dream for each and every Floridian blessed to live in the free state of Florida.

State Senator Corey Simon

Simon expressed that the Florida Senate has “never before reflected the people we serve as much as we do today.”

On the list of areas to improve, Simon said workforce housing remains a challenge, vocational educational opportunities can be expanded, costs-of-living issues can be tackled, continuing to stand up against cancel culture that rejects roles of faith and family, and defending rights to live, work and raise a child guided by God and not government.

He explained that Florida businesses have survived a global pandemic and the crushing weight of inflation, but said, “we can do more.”

“And we will do all of this, and so much more, because Florida is a beacon of freedom and opportunity for the nation,” he said.

Simon became the first black Republican elected to the Florida Senate since Reconstruction and the first Republican to hold Senate District 3 in more than a century.

He ended his speech saying as a former NFL player, he’s been asked how his time on the field prepared him for public service.

“Theres 60 minutes on the clock, we can fool ourselves into thinking we can slow it down or speed it up but in the end there’s only 60 minutes. So, let’s dig deep let’s do more. Let’s meet our moment together, because the clock starts now,” Simon said.

State Senate President Kathleen Passidomo gave her first remarks as leader of the chamber, outlining her agenda as Republicans gain a supermajority in the Senate. Top priorities for Passidomo include affordable housing, protecting family values and hurricane recovery.

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“We are here to serve our great state and deliver for the voters who elected us,” Passidomo said. “Senators, let’s do this together.”

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