Former Congressman John Mica was awarded the Lifetime Membership award by the Orange County Young Republicans on Tuesday night, continuing a streak of lifetime honors being awarded to him since he left office.
The OCYR’s also renamed their Member of the Year award to the John L. Mica “Member of the Year to also honor his lasting impact the club, as well as “honor a YR who embodies his spirit, tenacity, and sense of community.”
“Many people don’t realize that he and his wife, Pat, joined our organization when they first moved to Orlando.” said OCYR President, Nicholas Primrose “Over the years the impact they have had on our organization has been immeasurable – constantly supporting our organization and including our members in campaigning, events, and coming to Washington.”
The lifetime award wasn’t event the first of it’s kind Mica received on Tuesday. Earlier that day the Seminole County Commission presented him with a similar award; and last month at Embry Riddle University, he received another high honor at the “Mica-plex” that was named in his honor.
The former Congressman served almost every county in Central Florida during his two decade tenure in the House of Representatives and is widely considered the father behind the growth of transportation in the region, including Interstate 4, Sunrail, and the Orlando International Airport.
The Tuesday night OCYR meeting also featured a legislative panel with State Representatives Bob Cortes, Mike Miller, and Rene “Coach P” Plasencia who each gave their perspective of the legislative session that ended on Monday night.