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July 12, 2019

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President Galvano Appoints Senators Benacquisto and Stewart to the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission

Tallahassee —

Senate President Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton) today announced the appointments of Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto (R-Ft. Myers) and Senator Linda Stewart (D-Orlando) to the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission.

“I am honored to have Senators Benacquisto and Stewart representing the Senate in this important endeavor,” said President Galvano. “As we commemorate this historic milestone, the commission will work to encourage civic, historical, educational, economic, and other organizations throughout the state to organize and participate in activities to expand the understanding and appreciation of women’s suffrage as well as the challenges women of different backgrounds and ethnicities faced following the passage and ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. I am grateful to Senators Benacquisto and Stewart for their willingness to serve the Senate and our state leading up to this landmark moment in our nation’s history.”

The 19-member Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission was established during the 2019 Legislative Session through Senate Bill 1306, sponsored by Senator Lauren Book (D-Plantation), for the purpose of ensuring a statewide observance of the centennial of women’s suffrage in 2020.