Senator Darren Soto Honored with 2014 Legislative Appreciation Award
The Florida League of Cities honored Senator Darren Soto with a 2014 Legislative Appreciation Award at a Kissimmee City Commission meeting on August 5.
This prestigious award is being presented to Senator Soto for his efforts during the 2014 legislative session to protect the home rule powers of Florida’s cities by supporting the League’s legislative agenda. Senator Soto maintained an open door to the League’s advocacy team, regularly communicated with the local elected officials from his district and worked behind the scenes to rally support for League positions. Legislative Appreciation Award recipients are legislators who work closely with the League’s advocacy team and demonstrate strong and consistent support of municipal home rule issues.
“On behalf of Florida’s 410 cities and the thousands of municipal officials, elected and unelected, the Florida League of Cities is happy to recognize Senator Soto for his support,” said Florida League of Cities Legislative Director Scott Dudley.“It is clear that he stays connected to local government and believes they play an integral role in decision making that affects the quality of life of the citizens they have been elected to represent. We thank the Senator for his commitment to home rule.”
Senator Soto formerly served as a member of the Florida House of Representatives (D-49) from 2007-2012. He was elected to the Florida Senate in 2012, representing the 14th district. Soto is an Orlando-based attorney and currently serves as the Vice Chair for the Senate Judiciary Committee. Prior to his legislative career, Soto served on the Orlando Civil Service Commission.
Commissioner Sara Shaw, City of Kissimmee, was also presented with an FLC award designated for local government officials – both elected and nonelected – who consistently responded to the League’s request to reach out to members of the legislature and help give a local perspective to an issue. Commissioner Shaw was selected as a recipient of the Home Rule Hero award for her tireless efforts to advance the League’s legislative agenda and help protect the home rule powers of Florida’s cities during the 2014 legislative session.
Founded in 1922, the Florida League of Cities is the united voice for Florida’s municipal governments. Its goals are to promote local self-government and serve the needs of Florida’s cities. Florida’s cities are formed by their citizens and governed by their citizens. The League is founded on the belief that local self-government is the keystone of American democracy.
CONTACT: Scott Dudley, 850-222-9684