SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER
TALLAHASSEE – By a unanimous vote, members of the Senate Democratic Caucus on Wednesday designated Broward County’s Senator Perry E. Thurston, Jr. as their leader for the 2022-2024 legislative term. Thurston is expected to follow Gary Farmer, who becomes Senate Democratic leader in November 2020.
“I am deeply honored by the Caucus’ vote and confidence they have placed in me,” said Thurston. “The 2022-2024 terms will be a critical time for the state of Florida as new districts are drawn, every seat in the legislature is up for election, and Democrats continue their push for bolder leadership in the Sunshine State.”
A native Floridian, Thurston was born in Pompano Beach. He is a graduate of Atlanta’s Morehouse College and the University of Miami School of Law. He is a former public defender, and now practices public finance and criminal defense law.
Thurston was originally elected to the Florida Legislature in 2006, and served in the House
of Representatives until 2014, becoming House minority leader in his final two years. He was elected to the Florida Senate in 2016.
Thurston is an outspoken proponent of expanding affordable health care, voting rights
restoration for returning citizens, and a more diverse judiciary.
He has been married to Dawn Thurston for 32 years. The Thurstons have two children, Alison and Perry III.