Former Senate President Chosen as Florida's New Lt. Gov.

The only person to ever serve two terms, as the President of the Florida Senate is now the state's Lt. Gov. Jeb Bush tapped Toni Jennings, a former Orlando legislator with 24 years in the House and senate to replace Frank Brogan.

Jennings may make the governor's legislative dealings easier.

Former State Senate President Toni Jennings stepped off a state plane and into Florida history just before noon.

She is the state's 8th Lt. Gov. The post wasn't created until 1968, and she is the first woman to hold the job.

"These are challenging times, and if I can help that's what I want to do,” Jennings says.

Jennings replaces Frank Brogan; he is resigning to take the presidency at Florida Atlantic University. The governor says Jennings biggest help will be dealing with the legislature.

Once considered a potential challenger for the top job in 1998, the new Lt. Gov. says it's far too early to speculate about her future career.

"Check with me later, you know you heard me say this in a previous life that I thought that the best recommendation for the next job, is doing the one you have well,” adds Jennings.

Jennings has signed the paperwork, and taken an oath privately. A public ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday in Orlando. Jennings was one of six candidates who were considered by the governor to replace Brogan.


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