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Why We Serve: Connecting with Members of the Florida Legislature

We’re proud to release the first in a series of ‘Why We Serve’ videos featuring two notable Florida State University alumni, Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, State Sen. Joe Gruters (R-Sarasota), and Florida Senate Minority Leader, State Sen. Gary Farmer (D-Ft. Lauderdale).

Student Fellows of IOP@FSU interviewed members of the Florida Legislature to gain insight into why they chose to serve their community through public office, including those who served as their mentors, and advice they would give to those beginning their careers.

“We are hopeful these videos will serve as a source of motivation, inspiration, and guidance to our young leaders as they embark on their journey into the world of politics and public policy…I am grateful that our unveiling starts with two great Florida State Alumni, both leaders in their respective political parties.”

FSU College of Social Sciences and Public Policy Dean, Tim Chapin

After launching our organization in October 2020, we’ve established multiple programs to further our missions to promote civil engagement in politics. We’re grateful to our legislators who participated in this initiative. Thank you for understanding how important these discussions are to our emerging leaders.