Crisafulli Designated Next Speaker Today
Rep. Steve Crisafulli will be formally named speaker-designate in a ceremony this afternoon. Crisafulli, of Merritt Island, was elected after the November election by his colleagues as speaker-in-waiting for the 2014-2016 term, following current speaker Will Weatherford.
The speaker had been expected to be Chris Dorworth, but he lost his bid for re-election unexpectedly in November, forcing the election in which Crisafulli was chosen. Crisafulli was elected to the House in 2008. The ceremony is at 2 p.m., in the House Chamber.