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Florida Senate
Coat of arms or logo.
Type Upper House
President of the Senate Jeffrey Atwater, (R)
since 2008
President pro tempore Mike Fasano, (R)
since 2008
Majority Leader Alex Diaz de la Portilla (R)
since 2008
Minority Leader Alfred Lawson, Jr., (D)
since 2008
Members 40
Political groups Democratic Party
Republican Party
Last election November 4, 2008
Meeting place
Senate Chamber
Florida Capitol
Tallahassee, FL, US

The Florida Senate is part of the legislative branch of government for the state of Florida. There are 40 members in the senate. Generally, Senators in odd-numbered districts are elected in years divisible by four (in tandem with U.S. Presidential elections), and Senators in even-numbered districts are elected alongside elections for Florida's statewide offices. In years ending in the digit 2, all Senators are up for re-election. Thus, odd-number district Senators were elected to two-year terms in 2002, and even-number district Senators will be elected to two-year terms in 2012.

Florida Senate and Florida House districts are both organized by population over certain geographic areas. Although there are exactly three times as many members of the House (120) as in the Senate (40), the Senate districts do not consist of three Representative districts; the boundaries are independent.


Composition of the Florida Senate

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Republican Democratic Vacant
End of previous legislature 26 14 40 0
Begin 26 14 40 0
July 26, 2009[1] 25 39 1
October 6, 2009[2] 26 40 0
Latest voting share 64.1% 35.9%


Position Name Party District
President of the Senate Jeffrey Atwater Republican 25
President pro tempore Mike Fasano Republican 11
Majority Leader Alex Diaz de la Portilla Republican 36
Majority Whip Charlie Dean Republican 3
Minority Leader Al Lawson Democratic 6
Minority Whip Anthony C. Hill Democratic 1

Current members

District Name Party County(ies) represented Term Up
1 Anthony C. Hill Dem Parts of Duval, Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia 2012
2 Durell Peaden Rep Holmes, Washington, parts of Bay, Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton 2010
3 Charlie Dean Rep Baker, Dixie, Hamilton, Suwannee, Taylor, parts of Citrus, Columbia, Jefferson, Leon, Levy, Madison and Marion 2012
4 Don Gaetz Rep Parts of Bay, Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton 2010
5 Stephen R. Wise Rep Parts of Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. Johns 2012
6 Al Lawson Dem Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Jackson, Liberty, Wakulla, parts of Bay, Jefferson, Leon, Madison 2010
7 Evelyn J. Lynn Rep Parts of Clay, Marion, Putnam and Volusia 2012
8 John Thrasher Rep Parts of Duval, Flagler, Nassau, St. Johns, and Volusia counties 2010
9 Andy Gardiner Rep Parts of Orange, Osceola and Seminole 2012
10 Ronda Storms Rep Parts of Hillsborough, Pasco and Polk 2008
11 Mike Fasano Rep Parts of Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas 2012
12 Victor Crist Rep Parts of Hillsborough and Pasco 2010
13 Dennis L. Jones Rep Part of Pinellas 2012
14 Steve Oelrich Rep Alachua, Bradford, Gilchrist, Union, parts of Columbia, Levy, Marion and Putnam 2010
15 Paula Dockery Rep Parts of Hernando, Lake, Osceola, Polk and Sumter 2012
16 Charlie Justice Dem Parts of Hillsborough and Pinellas 2010
17 J.D. Alexander Rep Hardee, Highlands, parts of DeSoto, Glades, Okeechobee, Polk and St. Lucie 2012
18 Arthenia Joyner Dem Parts of Hillsborough, Manatee and Pinellas 2010
19 Gary Siplin Dem Parts of Orange and Osceloa 2012
20 Carey Baker Rep Parts of Lake, Marion, Seminole, Sumter and Volusia 2010
21 Mike Bennett Rep Parts of Charlotte, DeSoto, Lee, Manatee and Sarasota 2012
22 Lee Constantine Rep Parts of Orange and Seminole 2010
23 Nancy Detert Rep Parts of Charlotte, Manatee and Sarasota 2012
24 Thad Altman Rep Parts of Brevard, Orange and Seminole 2010
25 Jeffrey Atwater Rep Parts of Broward and Palm Beach 2012
26 Mike Haridopolos Rep Parts of Brevard, Indian River, Osceola and St. Lucie 2010
27 Dave Aronberg Dem Parts of Charlotte, Glades, Hendry, Lee and Palm Beach 2012
28 Ken Pruitt Rep Martin, parts of Indian River, Okeechobee, Palm Beach and St. Lucie 2010
29 Chris Smith Dem Parts of Broward and Palm Beach 2012
30 Ted Deutch Dem Parts of Broward and Palm Beach 2010
31 Eleanor Sobel Dem Part of Broward 2012
32 Jeremy Ring Dem Part of Broward 2010
33 Frederica Wilson Dem Part of Miami-Dade 2012
34 Nan Rich Dem Parts of Broward and Miami-Dade 2010
35 Dan Gelber Dem Parts of Broward and Miami-Dade 2012
36 Alex Diaz de la Portilla Rep Part of Miami-Dade 2010
37 Garrett Richter Rep Parts of Collier and Lee 2012
38 J. Alex Villalobos Rep Part of Miami-Dade 2010
39 Larcenia Bullard Dem Monroe, Parts of Broward, Collier, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach 2012
40 Rudy Garcia Rep Part of Miami-Dade 2010

See also


  1. ^ Sen. James E. King dies.
  2. ^ Republican John Thrasher wins special election for King's seat.

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