Albritton formally tapped as next state Senate president

TALLAHASSEE — Bolstering Florida’s agriculture industry, addressing water-quality issues and supporting the foster-care system are priorities that Sen. Ben Albritton is eyeing as he prepares to become the next Senate president.

Albritton, a Wauchula Republican who is a fourth-generation citrus grower, was formally designated Tuesday to succeed President Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples, after the 2024 elections. He spoke about his affinity for agriculture during a designation ceremony in the Senate chamber attended by Gov. Ron DeSantis and other state leaders.

“It’s part of what drove me to public service. I know firsthand what it takes to produce the food that feeds

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