SEBRING - Bill Galvano, who represents District 26 southern Highlands County, is likely to become the Florida Senate president in 2019.
"All I can say is that I am humbled to have the support of my colleagues," Galvano said Friday. He also represents DeSoto, Glades, Hardee and parts of Charlotte, Hillsborough and Manatee counties.
Galvano, R-Bradenton, has been gathering pledges and appears to have enough support to become Senate president after the 2018 elections.
An attorney, Galvano served in the House of Representatives from 2002 to 2010. He was one of a group of senators elected to a two-year Senate term after redistricting in 2012.
He is currently running for a four-year term in the 2014 elections, and would need to be re-elected again in 2018 to become Senate president.
Galvano said he has lined up enough support to become president for a term that effectively would happen in 2019 and 2020.
"I am very humbled to have been given the support by my colleagues," Galvano said of a group of 10 Senate Republicans elected in 2012. With term limits, it has become common for the House and Senate to select leaders years in advance.
Galvano currently chairs the appropriations subcommittee on education and is also on the agriculture, appropriations, education, gaming, health policy, regulated industries and rules committees and the health and human services subcommittee,
Sen. Tom Lee, R-Brandon, had told the Tampa Tribune recently that he also was interested in making a run for Senate president late in the decade.