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Richard Corcoran ’89

Florida Speaker of the House

Richard Corcoran Saint Leo alumnus Richard Corcoran ’89, already a prominent member of the Florida House of Representatives, was elected speaker of the body in November 2016.

Representative Corcoran was first elected from Pasco County in 2010 and has subsequently been reelected. He was elected as speaker in November by his fellow lawmakers. He will lead the house for a two-year term, manages its operations, and preside over its sessions. The speaker also appoints members of House committees and selects chairs of the committees.

While the Florida House and Senate hold their official sessions in the spring, the lawmakers also meet in the preceding months for important committee work and orientations. The counterpart in the Florida Senate to the house speaker is the senate president.

While at Saint Leo, the future attorney and Republican state representative studied international relations. He earned his law degree from Regent University in Virginia and served in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1987 to 1993. He and his wife Anne have six children.

Joey Gandolfo on stage

Florida Supreme Court Justice Ricky Polston administered the oath of office for Speaker of the Florida House to Rep. Richard Corcoran, R-Lutz, shown with his wife Anne and children Kate, Jack, Caroline, Luke, Major, and Evangeline at his side in the House chamber during Organization Session of the Legislature November 22, 2016.

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