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Will Weatherford Named by Bill McCollum to Board of GOP Group

February 19, 2015 - 6:00pm

Former Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford signaled his intentions to remain politically active Friday as he joined the board of the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC).

Weatherford left Tallahassee last year after facing term limits in the Florida House. But, only 35, Weatherford has left the door open for future bids at higher office and his name has been bandied about for future U.S. Senate and gubernatorial races.

On Friday, former U.S. Rep. Bill McCollum, R-Fla., named Weatherford to the RSLCs board. Having served as state attorney general and making two bids for the U.S. Senate and running for governor in 2010, McCollum now chairs the RSLC which focuses on electing candidates running for statewide executive offices and legislative seats.

I am thrilled to welcome Will to our board of directors, McCollum said on Friday. Electing new, talented Republicans to state legislative chambers remains among the RSLCs top priorities, and Wills knowledge from his four consecutive terms with the Florida House of Representatives will be extremely valuable to our mission.

The RSLC set the bar incredibly high with record-breaking down-ballot victories around the country in 2014, said Weatherford. I look forward to finding ways to build on their many accomplishments as a member of the board of directors.

Weatherford is no stranger to the RSLC. Over the last two years, while wielding the gavel in the Florida House, Weatherford was on the executive committee of the RSLCs Republican Legislative Campaign Committee (RLCC) which is the only national group working to elect more Republicans to legislative offices in all 50 states.

Last month, Weatherford launched Weatherford Partners which will handle capital investment. Weatherford also joined the board of directors of the Florida Chamber of Commerce and the board of directors of Sunshine Bancorp last month.

In his new post, Weatherford joins a group of prominent Republicans. Besides McCollum, other board members of the RSLC include former Gov. Jodi Rell, R-Conn.; former Gov. Luis Fortuno, a Puerto Rican Republican, former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel, former Iowa House Speaker Christopher Rants and Republican strategist Charlie Black.


Reach Kevin Derby at kderby@sunshinestatenews.com or follow him on Twitter: @KevinDerbySSN

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