“I am grateful to the majority of the Florida Senate Republican Caucus, who have declared their support for me to serve as the Senate President for the 2016-2018 legislative term.
“The Senators who represent this majority are (in order of District number): Senator Don Gaetz (District 1), Senator Aaron Bean (District 4), Senator Travis Hutson (District 6), Senator Rob Bradley (District 7), Senator Dorothy Hukill (District 8), Senator Kelli Stargel (District 15), Senator Thad Altman (District 16), Senator Wilton Simpson (District 18), Senator Jeff Brandes (District 22), Senator Garrett Richter (District 25), Senator Bill Galvano (District 26), Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto (District 30), Senator Joe Negron (District 32) and Senator Anitere Flores (District 37).
“I am also gratified that the overwhelming majority of announced candidates in the 2016 open Senate seats have already formally pledged their support to me and our team.
“It is clear that the Caucus is ready to formally designate its next Senate President.
“President Gardiner has indicated to me and other Senators that a Designation will be held during the first committee week of December 2015.
“My fellow Senators and I have a deep and abiding respect for the process and our Caucus, and it is with that respect that we look forward to the Designation ceremony in December and moving forward as one Senate.
“I remain committed to assisting President Gardiner in making sure his legislative agenda is accomplished in the 2016 Session.”