Advice to New Legislators: Put Constituents First

November 22, 2016
By Paula Dockery

It’s a tremendous honor to be elected by thousands of voters and entrusted to represent them in every aspect of state government.
After being elected in 1996, I remember walking into the state Capitol and feeling a rush of emotions—pride, excitement, duty, honor, responsibility and a little bit of apprehension. There was so much to learn—the issues, the process, the people involved—and so much at stake knowing our actions would affect so many Floridians.
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