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Tampa Rep. Fentrice Driskell is the new Democratic leader of the Florida House

House Democrats Leader Florida
Rebecca Blackwell
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AP
State Rep. Fentrice Driskell speaks as Democratic lawmakers and invited speakers hold a press conference to oppose a special legislative session targeting vaccine mandates, on Nov. 15, 2021, at the Capitol in Tallahassee. Florida House Democrats on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, have selected Driskell as the caucus's next leader for the 2022-2024 term, the first Black woman to hold the position.

She is the first Black woman to hold the position.

Florida House Democrats have tapped Rep. Fentrice Driskell as the caucus’s next leader for the 2022-2024 term, the first Black woman to hold the position.

Driskell, of Tampa, will replace current leader Rep. Evan Jenne.

In a statement, Driskell says she's humbled to take on the role.

Her election comes after Rep. Ramon Alexander, who was set to be leader, said he would not seek reelection following allegations that he sexually harassed a former employee of Florida A&M.

Alexander has apologized and has said the interactions were consensual.