Geraldine Thompson tapped as new Orange delegation chair

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Dec 18, 2012 Comments Off on Geraldine Thompson tapped as new Orange delegation chair Wes Hodge

With a new Democrat-leaning membership, the Orange County Legislative Delegation has tapped newly elected Sen. Geraldine Thompson, D-Orlando, to serve as its chair.

Legislative redistricting and a decade-long shift in voter registration helped re-define the legislative delegation in Florida’s fifth-largest county earlier this year. For years, Republicans managed to maintain a majority of the seats thanks to creative designs of House and Senate districts that snaked into GOP-leaning counties around Orange.

That changed after voter-adopted redistricting reforms, and now the majority of Orange County’s lawmakers are Democrats. Thompson is also the first African-American woman to ever chair the group.

“I look forward to working with the delegation members to develop bi-partisan, common-sense solutions for the challenges we face in Orange County and the state of Florida,” she said in a statement.

Thompson emerged from a hard-fought Democratic primary against Sen. Gary Siplin’s wife, Victoria Siplin, and served for six years in the House. She is a retired college administrator and Founder of the Wells’ Built Museum of African American History and Culture.

Click here for the Orlando Sentinel story

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