Today is a crowning moment for one of South Florida’s most influential political figures.
State Rep. Daniel Perez, a Miami-Dade Republican in District 116, will be formally designated as the next speaker of the Florida House of Representatives at a ceremony this morning at the Capitol.
He'll take over the role from current Speaker Paul Renner, R-Palm Coast, for 2024-26 after next November's election. His ascension assumes, of course, that he wins reelection next year and that the GOP maintains its majority in the chamber. Neither is in much doubt; Republicans now outnumber Democrats 83-35.
After a designation ceremony, speakers-designate have traditionally touched on policy interests they're...