A strong ally Senate Majority Leader Alex J. Villalobos (Dist. 38) has a little fun while waiting for the House session to finish by pulling a picture of an explosion out of his "Last Resort" folder. Intellectual, hard working and good-humored, Villalobos took on the job of Senate majority leader this year. He is a strong ally of Senate President Tom Lee but a man with a strong mind of his own, especially where it concerns his hometown voters. Despite intense political pressure, Villalobos broke with Lee and Gov. Jeb Bush when it came to the needs of South Floridas public schools. He was the point man in the battle to get more money for Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach school districts to help offset their loss of cost-of-living dollars and was a key reason the governor lost his battle to have voters water down the states constitutional class size mandate, saying it would hurt his home county. A lawyer who served eight years in the House before moving to the Senate, he is on track to become the first Cuban-American Senate president in 2008.
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