|Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives|
November 6, 2012
|Preceded by||Dean Cannon|
November 14, 1979 |
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
|Alma mater||Jacksonville University|
Will Weatherford (born November 14, 1979) is a Wesley Chapel, Florida businessman and Republican politician who serves as the current Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives from the 38th district in the House of Representatives of the U.S. state of Florida. He was first elected in 2006 and re-elected in 2008. He held no prior elected public office.
Representative Weatherford was born in Dallas, Texas on November 14, 1979 and came to Florida in 1986. He graduated from Jacksonville University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in business degree. Weatherford has worked as a real estate broker. Though he had never been elected to public office, he worked as a legislative assistant to his father-in-law, representative Allan Bense from 2004 to 2006.
In 2006, Weatherford married Panama City, Florida native, Courtney Bense. Will Weatherford replaced Ken Littlefield as the Republican candidate and won despite his name not being on the ballot, after his opponent's campaign was derailed by a personal health issue. In 2008, he won re-election by default as no opponent filed to run against him. After the election, he was under consideration to become House Speaker in 2012. He is the first Speaker from Pasco County in over one hundred years.
Early life and career
Will Weatherford attended Land 'O Lakes High School in Pasco County, where he played football. He attended Jacksonville University on a football scholarship and became involved in student government, where he started his political career.
In the Florida House of Representatives, Weatherford championed education reform and as Speaker, pushed for campaign finance, election and pension reform. From 2010 to 2012, Weatherford served as chairman of the House Redistricting Committee, presiding over the decennial process of redrawing Florida's political districts. Throughout the process, Weatherford joined Senate Redistricting chair Don Gaetz on a statewide listening tour to receive ideas and suggestions from citizens around the state. The House maps Weatherford was responsible for redrawing were upheld unanimously by the Florida Supreme Court in March 2012. Statement by Will Weatherford
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