House speaker following father-in-law's footsteps

Published On: Feb 26 2013 10:59:43 AM EST

The new speaker of the Florida House is one of the youngest in state history.

Will Weatherford is 33 and has made a rapid rise up the political ladder. The Wesley Chapel Republican started as a campaign worker 10 years ago for former state Rep. Allan Bense and wound up marrying Bense's daughter.

Politics is in Weatherford's blood. His grandmother ran for governor in Arizona and his great grandfather was a state senator in Oklahoma.

One of Weatherford's primary goals for the 60-day legislative session that begins March 5 is to eliminate guaranteed pension benefits for newly hired state employees as a way to reduce the cost of paying for them. Instead, all new hires would go into the state's defined contribution plan, which is currently optional.


The views expressed below are not those of News4Jax or its affiliated companies. By clicking on "Post," you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and your comment is in compliance with such terms. Readers, please help keep this discussion respectful and on topic by flagging comments that are offensive or inappropriate (hover over the commenter's name and you'll see the flag option appear on right side of that line). And remember, respect goes both ways: Tolerance of others' opinions is important in a free discourse. If you're easily offended by strong opinions, you might skip reading comments entirely.

blog comments powered by Disqus