Speaker-Designate Paul Renner Announces Leadership Team

November 17, 2022 Updated 2:09 PM ET

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TALLAHASSEE (FLV) – Speaker-designate Paul Renner appointed state Rep. Michael Grant to serve as Majority Leader and recommended Rep. Chuck Clemons serve as Speaker pro tempore for the upcoming Legislative term.

The announcements arrive as Republicans take a supermajority in both the Florida House and Senate following the Nov. 8 election.

The Majority Leader will be responsible for guiding the Republican Conference and shepherding the Republican agenda throughout Committee Weeks and the Legislative Session, a press release said.

“The best leaders in our process excel at guiding members through the challenges and opportunities they face during their time of service in Tallahassee. Representative Grant’s skill in moving bills through the legislative process and management of floor debate positions our 85-member supermajority for success,” Renner said.

Grant represents House District 75, which includes parts of Sarasota and Charlotte County. He served as Majority Leader from 2020-2022.

“Speaker-designate Renner has assembled the largest Republican Conference ever elected and I am honored to join his team as Majority Leader,” Grant said. “I look forward to championing his vision to seize this historic moment for Florida and leave our state better off than we found it.”

As Speaker pro tempore, Clemons will preside in the Chamber when the Speaker leaves the Chair.

“When recalling the first time he entered the Chamber of the Florida House, Representative Clemons said, ‘I do not deserve to be here.’ True leaders have such reflections because they recognize the weight and value of the sacred trust voters place in us. I am honored to call him a colleague and a friend. Representative Clemons embodies servant leadership, and his experience throughout his time in the Legislature will help ensure we conduct our business on the House floor professionally and efficiently,” Renner said.

Clemens represents House District 22, which includes Gilchrist, Levy and, part of Alachua County.

“I am honored that Speaker-designate Renner would nominate me to serve on his leadership team as Speaker pro tempore,” Clemons said. “Speaker-designate Renner will be leading us through a historic moment where all eyes are on the Sunshine State. I am grateful for his friendship, his leadership, and his commitment to leading the Florida House with courage and principle.” 

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