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Florida Senate
2018–2020 Florida Legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Term limits
2 terms (8 years)
History
Founded May 26, 1845
Preceded by Legislative Council of the Territory of Florida
Leadership
President
Bill Galvano (R)
Since Nov. 20, 2018
President pro tempore
David Simmons (R)
Since Nov. 20, 2018
Majority Leader
Kathleen Passidomo (R)
Since Nov. 26, 2018
Minority Leader
Audrey Gibson (D)
Since Nov. 19, 2018
Structure
Seats 40
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Political groups
Majority
  •      Republican (23)

Minority

  •      Democratic (17)
Length of term
4 years
Authority Article III, Constitution of Florida
Salary $29,697.00/year + per diem (Subsistence & Travel)
Elections
Last election
November 6, 2018
(22 seats)
Next election
November 2, 2020
(21 seats)
Redistricting Legislative control
Motto
In God We Trust
Meeting place
Senate Chamber
Florida Capitol
Tallahassee, Florida
Website
Official website

The Florida Senate is the upper house of the Florida Legislature, the state legislature of the U.S. state of Florida, the Florida House of Representatives being the lower house. The Senate is made of 40 members, each elected from a single-member district with a population of about 470,000 residents.

As of 2018, Republicans hold the majority in the chamber with 23 seats; Democrats are in the minority with 17 seats.

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