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Rep. Clemons nominated as Speaker Pro Tempore of Florida House

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida House Speaker-designate Paul Renner today recommended Representative Chuck Clemons to the House leadership team as Speaker pro tempore for the upcoming Legislative term.

Representative Clemons represents the people of House District 22, which includes part of Alachua County, along with Gilchrist and Levy Counties. He was recently re-elected to his fourth consecutive term. Clemons served as Deputy Majority Leader and Majority Whip from 2020-2022.

As the election results came in on November 8, Clemons told a crowd of Republicans that it has been “the highest honor, other than marrying my wife, to represent you in District 22… The experience we’ve had is not about passing bills and having your name on a bill; it’s about helping people.”

As Speaker pro tempore, Representative Clemons will be responsible for performing the duties of the Speaker in the event of an interim vacancy of the Speaker through death, resignation, or disability. He will also preside in the Chamber when the Speaker leaves the Chair.

“I am honored that Speaker-designate Renner would nominate me to serve on his leadership team as Speaker pro tempore,” said Representative Clemons. “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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Speaker-designate Renner said, “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.”

  • As our Florida House Representative for the City of Alachua, portions of Alachua County and the other counties he represents, those of us in his district should be very active in contacting him for support we need within our State government.

    When we need to focus on traffic safety through our Florida Department of Transportation, he should be included in that conversation. Our State Senators should also be included.

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