Two Florida House speaker designates, state Reps. Chris Sprowls and Paul Renner, are the headliners at an upcoming campaign fundraiser for Republican state Rep. Bobby Olszewski‘s House District 44 re-election campaign.
Sprowls, the Palm Coast Republican who chairs the House Judicial Committee and is in line to become speaker in 2021, and Renner, the Palm Harbor Republican who chairs the Ways and Means Committee and is in line to become speaker in 2023, will lead Olszewski’s fundraising effort at an April 23 evening gathering at the law offices of Shutts & Bowen in Orlando.
Olszewski, of Winter Garden, is a self-described red-shirt freshman in the Florida House, having won a special election in October, only to campaign now for his first full term. This fundraiser is being described as his kick-off fundraiser.
Olszewski has several Democratic challengers, notably former state Sen. Geraldine Thompson, businessman Eddy Dominguez, and urban planner Matthew Matin. The district covers much of southwest Orange County, from the theme parks to parts of Winter Garden, Ocoee and Oakland.
“As a red-shirt freshman I was really excited with the results from this past session. Getting three of my six bills passed off the House floor was very satisfying, especially getting child sex trafficking victims more treatment at hospitals and residential treatment centers, which was signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott,” Olszewski said in a statement about his upcoming fundraiser. “I was also able to get nearly $3 million of appropriations back to our local community, including to Health Central Hospital of Orlando Health, the town of Oakland for their water treatment to help restore Apopka, and Lake Sumter State College, where many District 44 residents attend their Clermont campus.”