Florida Leaders React to Graham Announcement

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Political leaders from across the state and country are reacting with positive comments to Rep. Graham’s announcement that she’s exploring running for governor in 2018. Here’s what they’re saying:

“Gwen has been a great partner to work with in the House. From her work on the Apalachicola Bay to fighting oil drilling off our beaches, she always puts Florida first. She’s accomplished much, and I know we’re going to continue to see great things from her in the future.” — U.S. Senator Bill Nelson

“From working to protect Florida’s natural treasures to defending women’s rights, Gwen has been a great addition to our state’s congressional delegation. I look forward to continue working with her in the House and as she moves forward.” — Congresswoman Lois Frankel (FL-22)

Gwen Graham understands that only by working across the aisle can we get things done for the American people. Many of us in the House will miss her thoughtfulness and willingness to build consensus and offer solutions. I wish her well.” — Congressman Carlos Curbelo (FL-26)

“Gwen has proven in a short amount of time in Congress that she is a tireless fighter for Florida women and families. Her leadership will be missed in Congress — but we’re incredibly excited about her future and the opportunity for Gwen to serve families across the state of Florida.” — Stephanie Schriock, President, EMILY’s List

“In congress Gwen has proven her deep commitment to the people of her district and of florida. I am so pleased she wants to continue to be a leader and serve the people of our state.” — Former CFO and gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink

“As the Democratic leader in Florida’s House, I know what kind of leadership our state needs. We need a governor that respects and cares about the people of our state — Gwen Graham is that type of leader.” — State Representative Mark Pafford, House Democratic Leader

“Representative Graham understands public servants must speak for all the communities they represent. She’s done that in Congress, and I believe in her next step of service, she’ll give a voice to all Floridians.” — State Senator Oscar Braynon, Senate Democratic Leader Pro Tempe

“Throughout my career in public service, I’ve fought to improve the lives of women, children and families across Florida. Gwen Graham fought for these same issues as a strong Democratic voice in Congress. I know she’ll continue to be an advocate for all of us in the years to come.” — Former State Senate Democratic Leader Nan Rich

“I’m excited to join Gwen in this history making moment for our state and look forward to assisting her in her future endeavors.” — Former State Senator Tony Hill

“I’ve seen Gwen follow in her father’s footsteps as a public servant with the best interest of the people at heart. I’m proud to have supported her run for Congress, and I’ll be there to support her in her next step of public service.” — Jim Pugh, Florida Business Leader & Philanthropist