Rob Schenck tapped for Rules Chair of the Florida House; Chris Dorworth to serve as Majority Leader


Spring Hill Republican Rep. Rob Schenck will be chairman of the Rules Committee in the coming legislative session, assuming he wins re-election as expected, House Speaker Will Weatherford announced Monday, reports Dave Royse of the News Service of Florida.

Schenck was chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee the last two years, and also was co-chair of the chamber’s Redistricting Subcommittee that redrew House boundaries.

Weatherford also announced that Rep. Marti Coley, R-Marianna will serve as speaker pro-tempore and Rep. Chris Dorworth will be House majority leader starting in November. Dorworth is in line to become speaker after Weatherford’s two year term.

Republicans are expected to maintain a solid majority in the House in next month’s election. Schenck, who was first elected to the House in 2006, does have a challenger, Democrat Rose Rocco, a community activist and former Hernando County commissioner.

Coley, who faces no party candidate Travis Pitts in the November election, was chairwoman of the Pre-K 12 Appropriations Subcommittee the last two years, and earlier was deputy majority whip.

Dorworth, if re-elected, will be majority leader, the main face of the Republican caucus’ political agenda in the Legislature. He was also a co-chair of the chamber’s redistricting subcommittee for House districts, and chaired the Rulemaking and Regulation Subcommittee of the Rules and Calendar Committee.

Dorworth, R-Lake Mary, does have an active Democratic opponent in House District 29, retired firefighter and union lawyer Mike Clelland.

The Legislature will hold its organizational session on Nov. 20, the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, when the appointments will be made official.