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William W. Weatherford

    Will Weatherford is the 84th speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, a Republican first elected in 2006 representing parts of Pasco and Hillsborough counties. He is the youngest speaker in recent Florida history. Weatherford wasn’t on the ballot in 2006 but was elected because the GOP nominated him to replace Ken Littlefield, who was appointed to the Public Service Commission.

    Weatherford was born Nov. 14, 1979, in Dallas, Texas. He graduated from Jacksonville University and worked as a real estate broker and aide to House Speaker Allan Bense before getting elected. He is married to Bense's daughter, Courtney, and they live in Wesley Chapel with three daughters.

    1. Former Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford
    2. Florida Insider Poll prediction: Gwen Graham vs. Adam Putnam in '18 governor's race


      Here at The Buzz, it's never too early to start looking ahead to future marquee Florida races. With likely 2018 Democratic gubernatorial candidate Philip Levine already spending money on political ads and likely Republican candidate Adam Putnam already positioning himself as the leader of the Florida GOP, we surveyed …

    3. Rick Baker for Congress? Or for governor vs. Adam Putnam, Will Weatherford


      The latter is not as far-fetched an idea as you may think. Here's today's columns on why Rick Baker should run for Congress in the now heavily-Democratic district held by David Jolly and why he shouldn't:

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      2. Even losing is winning.

    4. Tallahassee gift 'ban' no end for freebies


      The chief advocate of a 2005 gift ban prohibiting Florida lawmakers from having meals, drinks and trips paid by special interests now has meals, drinks and trips indirectly paid by special interests.

    5. Will Weatherford won't run for U.S. Senate


      Will Weatherford said Wednesday he will not run for Marco Rubio's U.S. Senate seat, citing family obligations.

    6. Vern Buchanan and Will Weatherford in no rush to decide on U.S. Senate


      Vern Buchanan and Will Weatherford are both looking at the 2016 U.S. Senate seat likely to be vacated by Marco Rubio but are in no rush to make a decision.

    7. Out of office, Weatherford lingers near the public stage


      How does he do it all?

      Just last month, former House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, announced that he and his brothers Sam and Drew were opening a What will he do next?

    8. King Ranch slips into history for GOP


      This month marks the height of the hunting season at the majestic King Ranch in Texas, where some of Florida's top elected officials have visited courtesy of U.S Sugar.

    9. Weatherford's next chapter: 'strategic business advisory firm'


      Weatherford and his brothers Sam and Drew, the former Florida State University quarterback, are calling their company “Weatherford Partners”. It will provide clients “with a broad range of business expertise and will invest capital directly into private companies with a strategic focus on …

    10. Hill + Knowlton hires Weatherford spokesman Ryan Duffy


      Ryan Duffy, who served as the communications director for Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford the last two years, is joining the Tallahassee public relations firm Hill + Knowlton Strategies.