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Florida will be well served by Middle Class Champion being named to leadership post in House

Newly elected Minority Leader Mark Pafford has been honored as a Middle Class Champion three years in a row.

TALLAHASSEE – Today, State Rep. Mark Pafford (D-West Palm Beach) was elected by his peers to serve as the new Minority Leader in the Florida House of Representatives. Rep. Pafford has been named a Middle Class Champion for all three years the award has been given to legislators who vote 100% of the time in the best interests of Florida’s working families.

“Mark Pafford has been a tireless, outspoken and fearless champion for middle class Floridians in a legislature where the needs of everyday Floridians too often get a cold shoulder,” said Progress Florida executive director Mark Ferrulo. “Mr. Pafford will be a critical and much needed leader in the fight for great public schools, access to quality health care, good jobs and clean air and water for all Florida families.”

Following the 2013 legislative session, Florida Watch Action, Progress Florida and America Votes recognized 18 members of the Florida Legislature as “Champions of Florida’s Middle Class” for their unwavering support of Florida’s working families. During the 2013 legislative session, these lawmakers voted to protect and expand the middle class in Florida 100% of the time, and championed a range of issues including protecting jobs, expanding health care access, ethics reform and more.

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For more information, go to www.MiddleClassChamps.com.

 Florida Watch Action is a statewide organization that works with progressive groups to provide a unified voice on the issues that matter most to Floridians. Visit us at www.FloridaWatchAction.org.

 Progress Florida is the state's largest netroots organization fighting to protect Florida's middle class. Learn more at www.ProgressFlorida.org.

 America Votes works with over 300 state and national partner organizations to advance progressive policies, expand access to the ballot, coordinate issue advocacy and election campaigns, and protect every American's right to vote. To learn more visit www.AmericaVotes.org.