Formers District 49 State House Representative Joe Saunders has accepted a position as Southern Regional Field Director for the Human Rights Campaign.
In an email to supporters Saunders said the following…
First, let me thank each of you who sent kind notes about the election night results. The overwhelming support I’ve gotten since the election has been humbling and incredibly uplifting. Thank you for helping to make this transition a hopeful one.
Many of you have asked me (sometimes repeatedly!) what my plans were for the future and I’m excited to announce that my next big adventure will be as the Southern Regional Field Director for the Human Rights Campaign.
With over 1.5 million members and supporters across the USA, HRC is the largest organization in the country fighting for the full equality of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans. As the Southern Regional Field Director I’ll be leading HRC’s legislative and electoral programs in the southern United States and taking so many of the lessons I’ve learned as both an organizer and a legislator to every corner of the South.
We’ve still got so much work to do in Florida and what may be most exciting is that I’ll be helping to lead the work to pass the Florida Competitive Workforce Act – the LGBT non-discrimination bill I had the privilege of sponsoring for my two years in the legislature. Florida is poised to be the first state in the South to ban discrimination against the LGBT community. It is the unfinished business I intend to see completed.
Saunders’ loss was one of many for State House Democrats on election night, and is leading to a possible operations overhaul at the state level for Democratic party. Before his win in 2012, and while serving in Tallahassee, Saunders was one of the most vocal and influential advocates for equality issues in the State Legislature.