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Whatever Happened to Mallory Horne?

One man in particular helped shape Florida's capital city and the state's legislative process, so we wanted to know whatever happened to Mallory Horne.

When we caught up with Mallory Horne in his Tallahassee law office, he was in the midst of his 80th birthday celebration. He hasn't let the birthdays stop him from his love of litigation and battling it out in a courtroom. No time for politics.

Mallory says, "Some of my friends ask me why I'm so into law and not into lobbying, and I tell them I'd rather get my butt kicked by one person than by 160."

It was Horne's sharp wit and knowledge of the legislative process that led to his distinction of being the only person in 150 years to have served both as speaker of the House and Senate president, and he did it in a 10-year span from 1963 to 1973. It was a historic time when the makeup of Florida's Legislature was forever changed.

Horne says, "We were the worst apportioned Legislature in the nation. In that 10 years, that Legislature, dynamically, without aids and without much assistance at all, reapportioned itself from the worst to the best.”

Had it not been for the tireless efforts of this one man, Mallory Horne, Florida's capital might very well not be where it is today, in Tallahassee.

Horne says, "And so up comes this bill to change the capital from Tallahassee, Florida to Orlando. When they put that in, they had the votes to pass it. If they had known how to use the rules, we would be largely pasture here."

The rest is history. Horne won approval of a bill providing money to build a new Capitol complex, and the steam went out of the push to move out of Tallahassee.

Horne says, "It left some scars on me, but if I had it to do over again I'd go right like I did."


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