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This week's spotlight:
Senator from District 7
Paula Dockery (R)
Gator connection: Received her bachelor of arts degree in political science and master of arts degree in mass communications from the University of Florida. She has served as chair of the Florida Legislature’s Gator Caucus and as a member of the Gator Booster Board. She also is an avid, season ticket-holding fan of Florida football who has endowed a UF athletic scholarship.
Background: Dockery, a state senator from Lakeland, is running for governor. She was elected to the Florida Senate in 2002 and to the Florida House in 1996. In 2005, she was named Public Official of the Year by Governing Magazine for her leadership on water policy. She is chair of the Senate’s Criminal Justice committee and serves on committees that oversee state policies on water, land use and transportation (including funding). She also has served on the Florida Commission on Open Government and the Florida Council of Education Management. She believes the state’s economic development efforts should be more closely tied to the ”brain trust” in Florida’s state universities, not sent out of state. “The University of Florida will always hold a special place in my heart from my days there as a student,” she said. “And as the state’s only Top-50 ranked university, UF will continue to play a vital role in helping our economy grow in new and diverse ways. And the Gator Nation is up to the challenge.”