Women of Florida Politics: Senator Anitere Flores

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Senator Anitere Flores, who serves as the President Pro Tempore, has been a member of the Florida Senate since 2010. She currently represents the 39th district, which encompasses Monroe County and parts of southern and western Miami-Dade County. Prior to Flores’ election to the Senate, she served three terms in the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 114th district from 2004 to 2010.

Current Committees Assignments
Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, Chair
Banking and Insurance, Chair
Appropriations, Vice Chair
Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice
Judiciary
Rules
Joint Legislative Budget Commission

In an interview by the Orlando Political Reporter with Sen. Flores, she responded to the following three questions:

1.  Why did you decide to devote your time and energy to public service?
“Public service has always been at the center of my life having been raised by a mother who was, and still is, very active in the community.  As a strong-willed woman, I found that devoting my time and energy to public service would not only improve my community and give a voice to the constituents I represent; it would afford me a seat at the table to improve the future for my children and the people of Florida,” said Senate President Pro Tempore Anitere Flores.

 2.  As President Pro Tempore of the Florida Senate, what are some of the most difficult issues that you face?
“I have been blessed with the opportunity to serve as Senate President Pro Tempore for the 2017 – 2018 legislative sessions.  I have found that I have to walk a fine line between representing the people of District 39 and representing the greater good of Florida’s Senate.  My district is incredibly diverse and moderate, and although I am a Republican and Republicans hold the majority in the Florida Legislature, I was elected to meet the needs of all residents in my district,” said Senate President Pro Tempore Anitere Flores. 

 3.  Have you encountered any unique challenges as a woman in politics?
“In my 12 years of public service, I have found that challenges are often times self-imposed.  As a public servant, I have pledged to represent all Floridians with steadfast principles when it comes to a stronger economy, investing in quality education for a stronger and more innovative workforce, access to more affordable and patient-centered healthcare, and protection for our waterways and environment.  I am proud to have served my constituents with integrity and conviction throughout all these years, proving that “challenges” are meant to make one better and stronger; you just have to take them head on,” said Senate President Pro Tempore Anitere Flores. 

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