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Florida Matters Newsmaker: House Speaker Designee Richard Corcoran

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Florida House Speaker Designee Richard Corcoran, R-Land O' Lakes

Florida's Legislature has a new House Speaker.

Starting in November, Land O' Lakes Republican Rep. Richard Corcoran will preside over the state House of Representatives.

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In the Spring 2016 session, Rep. Richard Corcoran, R-Land O' Lakes, and Sen. Tom Lee, R-Brandon, served as chairmen of their respective Appropriations Committees, and led state budget negotiations.

This week on Florida Matters, (Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 7:30 a.m.), we’ll feature a newsmaker conversation with him.

Corcoran, who is serving his fifth year in the Florida House and who once served as U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s chief of staff, is a conservative known to stand up against his own political party.

He recently spoke with WUSF's Carson Cooper about the upcoming presidential election and his legislative priorities, including thoughts on some key education policies, term limits for judicial nominees and gun bills.

I’m the lucky one who guides the WUSF News team as it shares news from across Florida and the 13 amazing counties that we call the greater Tampa Bay region.
Carson Cooper has become a favorite of WUSF listeners as the host of "Morning Edition" on WUSF 89.7 since he took the job in 2000. Carson has worked in Tampa Bay radio for three decades.