FORMER LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
FIRST FEMALE ELECTED AS LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR IN FLORIDA AND THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN ELECTED STATEWIDE
CHAIRPERSON OF SPACE FLORIDA
GOVERNOR'S DESIGNEE ON THE FLORIDA DEFENSE SUPPORT TASK FORCE
CHAIRPERSON ON THE GOVERNOR'S TASK FORCE ON CITIZEN SAFETY AND PROTECTION
Spending 20 years in the aviation community as an enlisted Navy jet mechanic and a Navy aviation maintenance officer, aviation and aerospace is in my blood. As Chairperson for Florida's Space program, it was a pleasure to help develop an aggressive, active working plan to fill the gap between the end of the Space Shuttle program and the beginning of the 21st century commercial launch applications and putting many displaced Shuttle workers back to work. Space technology has led to better telecommunications, navigation, earth observation, improved medical devices, and better weapon systems, to name a few. It is imperative for our state and the nation to provide necessary resources for the United States to maintain its excellence in space and space exploration.