Promoted
Politics

Florida Swears In First Out Lawmakers In State History

Meet Florida Reps. Joe Saunders and David Richardson, the first two out gay lawmakers in the Sunshine State’s history.

The Florida legislature doesn’t wait for the new year to swear in its new lawmakers. More than 50 new legislators took their oath of office on Tuesday in Tallahassee.

Among them were Reps. Joe Saunders and David Richardson, who became the state’s first out LGBT lawmakers.

2. On Sunday, Richardson got to Tallahassee and shared a picture of the old Capitol building.

3. Here Richardson is on Monday with the chair of the Democratic caucus, Rep. Perry Thurston.

4. Here’s Saunders, with his partner, Donald Rupe, on the floor of House of Representatives on Tuesday.

5. Saunders took his oath.

6. Richardson took his oath.

7. Finally, Rep. Richardson stood at his desk.

8. And, Rep. Saunders has his office.

Check out more articles on BuzzFeed.com!

Chris Geidner is the legal editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, D.C. In 2014, Geidner won the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association award for journalist of the year.
Contact Chris Geidner at chris.geidner@buzzfeed.com.
 
 
Here Are The Top Stories
  • The U.S. will release Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard after 30 years. The move isn't tied to the Iran nuclear deal, American officials say.
  • Officials released new footage proving Sandra Bland was "alive and well" when her mugshot was taken. The release aims to counter social media rumors that she was deceased in the photo.
  • The NFL has upheld Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension for his alleged involvement with the deflation of footballs 🏈
Get The News App

More News

More News

Now Buzzing