Josie Tomkow serves Florida as State Representative

Representative Josie Tomkow was elected in May 2018 in a special election, and re-elected in November 2018. She currently serves on the Public Integrity & Ethics Committee, the Local, Federal & Veterans Affairs Subcommittee, the Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee, the PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee, and the Health Market Reform Subcommittee. She is a seventh generation Floridian and a third generation cattle rancher, involved in the beef livestock industry since birth. She grew up spending summers working cattle with her family, assisting other ranchers in Polk County and surrounding areas, and working for the family business, Cattlemen’s Livestock Market. She attended the University of Florida, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in Agricultural and Natural Resource Law. During her time in college, she worked in Tallahassee and Washington, D.C. advocating on behalf of the agriculture industry. Representative Tomkow is an active member of Florida Farm Bureau & Florida Cattlemen’s Association. In her spare time she enjoys hunting, traveling, and watching Gator football. Recognitions include: Florida Chamber of Commerce – 2019 Honor Roll Florida Farm Bureau – 2019 Champion for Agriculture Florida Coalition for Children – 2019 Legislator of the Year American Conservative Union Foundation – 2019 Conservative Excellence Award Florida 4-H – 2020 Legislative Champion award Bills passed during 2020 Legislative Session include :

HB-1105, Child Welfare – Promotes child safety and creates a faster path to permanency with loving families for children in our foster care system.

HB 787, Drivers Licenses – Creates a “D” designation for drivers with development disabilities. This legislation was brought to Representative Tomkow’s attention by a constituent with Autism who was concerned about communication with law enforcement & other first responders.

HB 7053, Direct Care Workers – Addresses the high turnover rate for direct care workers, which negatively affects quality of care for older and disabled patients, by increasing opportunities for upward mobility and consistent employment for these workers. Florida ranks first in the nation in the percentage of residents age 65 and older so it’s imperative to address these issues and ensure these vulnerable populations have access to high quality care.

Representative Tomkow also worked diligently and was able to secure funding in the state budget (pending Governor approval) for the following programs:

VFW Educational Youth Scholarship & Teacher Recognition Special Olympics Florida Unified Champions Schools 2022 Special Olympics USA Games YMCA Youth in Government One More Child Single Moms Program
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