#1 on the list of Tampa Bay’s most powerful politicians is Speaker Will Weatherford.
“Often highlighted as one of the youngest Speakers of the Florida House, Will Weatherford governs with wisdom far beyond his years. Through his dynamic, fair, and principled leadership, he has earned the enduring respect of seasoned elected officials from both parties at every level of Florida government. He begins his tenure as Speaker of the House at a time when the issues facing our state often seem insurmountable. While some might approach these challenges with trepidation, Will Weatherford approaches them with a calm confidence – focusing not on the legacy he will leave with political insiders and pundits, but on the impact his leadership will have on Floridians for generations to come. It has been said that an effective leader is someone who can recognize a problem, and solve it, before it becomes an emergency. That is exactly what Will Weatherford is doing and how he leads. I am proud to call him my Speaker, and more importantly, my friend.” — House Majority Whip Dana Young
For a complete explanation of how this list was created and who comprised the panel which assembled it, please read here.