Florida's Minority Trailblazers: The Men and Women Who Changed the Face of Florida Government

Florida's Minority Trailblazers: The Men and Women Who Changed the Face of Florida Government

by Susan MacManus

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Overview

"Saves a piece of Florida political history by narrating the personal stories of the state's 'minority trailblazers' from the Civil Rights Movement to the present day."--Richard E. Foglesong, author of Immigrant Prince: Mel Martinez and the American Dream "Captures Florida's ongoing political transition from a 'yellow-dog,' lily-white state to one where diversity is beginning to make an impact on politics."--Doug Lyons, former senior editorial writer, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Florida experienced a population surge during the 1960s that diversified the state and transformed it into a microcosm of the nation, but discrimination remained pervasive. With the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, along with later rulings on redistricting and term limits, the opportunity to participate in government became more and more possible for previously silenced voices. Drawing primarily from personal interviews, Susan MacManus recounts the stories of the first minority men and women--both Democrat and Republican--who were elected or appointed to state legislative, executive, and judicial offices and to the U.S. Congress since the 1960s. She reveals what drove these leaders to enter office, how they ran their campaigns, what kinds of discrimination they encountered, what rewards each found during their terms, and what advice they would share with aspiring politicians. In addition to the words of the officeholders themselves, MacManus provides helpful timelines, photos, biographical sketches of each politician, and election results from path-breaking victories. The book also includes comprehensive rosters of minority individuals who have held state offices and those who have gone on to represent Florida in the federal government. Full of inspiring stories and informative statistics, Florida's Minority Trailblazers is an in-depth rendering of personal struggles--guided by opportunity, ambition, and idealism--that have made Florida the vibrant, diverse state it is today. Susan A. MacManus is Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Government and International Affairs at the University of South Florida and the coauthor of Politics in Florida and Politics in States and Communities. A volume in the series Florida Government and Politics, edited by David R. Colburn and Susan A. MacManus

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813059648
Publisher: University Press of Florida
Publication date: 11/21/2016
Series: Florida Government and Politics
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 720
Sales rank: 661,938
File size: 28 MB
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About the Author


Susan A. MacManus is Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Government and International Affairs at the University of South Florida and the coauthor of Politics in Florida and Politics in States and Communities.
 

Table of Contents


Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Foreword
Preface
List of Contributors
1.         Florida: Population Magnet, Microcosm of America, Trailblazer Incubator
2.         The Risk-Takers: Beating All Odds, Blazing the Trail for Others
3.         Trailblazers: The Florida Legislature—House and Senate
Overview
House
Timeline
Frederick Charles Usina, Jr., 1943 (D)
Edmond J. Gong, 1963 (D)
Elvin Martinez, 1966 (D)
Maurice A. Ferré, 1967 (D)
Joseph M. Martinez, 1967 (R)
Joe Lang Kershaw, 1968 (D)
Gwendolyn “Gwen” Cherry, 1970 (D)
John “Gus” Plummer, 1980 (R)
Ileana Ros, 1982 (R)
Roberto Casas, 1982 (R)
Humberto Cortina, 1982 (R)
Mimi McAndrews, 1992 (D)
Annie Betancourt, 1994 (D)
Frederica Wilson, 1998 (D)
Phillip J. Brutus, 2000 (D)
Edward B. Bullard, 2000 (D)
Susan Bucher, 2000 (D)
John Q. Quiñones, 2002 (R)
Yolly Roberson, 2002 (D)
Juan C. Zapata, 2002 (R)
Jennifer S. Carroll, 2003 (R)
Hazelle P. “Hazel” Rogers, 2008 (D)
Ana Rivas Logan, 2010 (R)
Ricardo Rangel, 2012 (D)
Walter Brian “Mike” Hill, 2013 (R)
Senate Timeline
Louis A. de la Parte, 1966 (D)
Edmond J. Gong, 1966 (D)
Arnett Girardeau, 1982 (D)
Carrie Meek, 1982 (D)
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, 1986 (R)
Roberto Casas, 1988 (R)
Javier D. Souto, 1988 (R)
Frederica Wilson, 2002 (D)
Oscar Braynon, 2011 (D)
Darren Soto, 2012 (D)
            Leadership—Speaker of House; President of Senate
House Speaker Marco Rubio, 2006 (R)
Senate President Louis A. de la Parte, 1974 (D)
4.         Trailblazers: State Executive Offices—Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Cabinet
            Timeline Overview
Governor/Lieutenant Governor
 Robert “Bob” Martinez, 1986 (R)
Jennifer S. Carroll, 2010 (R)
Carlos Lopez-Cantera, 2014 (R)
Cabinet
Athalie Range, 1970 (D)
Jesse J. McCrary, 1978 (D)
Douglas “Tim” Jamerson, 1993 (D)
5.         Trailblazers: The Florida Supreme Court
Timeline Overview
Justices
Joseph W. Hatchett, 1975
Rosemary Barkett, 1985
Peggy Quince, 1998
Raoul Cantero III, 2002
Chief Justice
Leander J. Shaw, 2006
Rosemary Barkett, 1992
Peggy Quince, 2008
Jorge Labarga, 2014
6.         Trailblazers in Congress—U.S. House and U.S. Senate
 Timeline Overview
House
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, 1989 (R)
Corrine Brown, 1992 (D)
Lincoln Diaz-Balart, 1992 (R)
Alcee Hastings, 1992 (D)
Carrie Meek, 1992 (D)
Mario Diaz-Balart, 2002 (R)
Kendrick Meek, 2002 (D)
Allen West, 2010 (R)
Frederica Wilson, 2010 (D)
Joe Garcia, 2012 (D)
Senate
Melquíades “Mel” Rafael Martinez, 2004 (R)
7.         Summary and Reflections: Push Factors at Work in Trailblazers’ Lives
End Notes
Bibliography
Appendices
 

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