Meet Your Lawmaker: Bill Montford

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
March 20, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- More than 100 lawmakers are at the capitol making important decisions that will affect the future of all Floridians. We’ve profiled the senators and representatives working for you in Tallahassee and our surrounding counties. Here’s what we learned from our Q&A with State Senator Bill Montford.

WCTV: Who are and what district do you represent?
Senator Montford: I'm from right here in North Florida, fifth-generation as a matter of fact.

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Blountstown which is about 50 miles from here.

What school did you go to?
Came to school here at FSU in 1967 and I'm still here.

What is your occupation outside of lawmaking?
I got a degree in math and education and got another degree and I was fortunate enough to get a job in the school system. I spent 40 years working in the Leon County school system, as a math teacher, then an assistant principal, high school principal for 18 years, school superintendent for three terms, before that I was on the county commission, two terms. I've been here at the association for almost 13 years and elected to the senate in 2010, reelected in ’12 and re-elected in ’16. So I am about to term out in a couple of years, but it’s been fun

I am the CEO of the Florida Association for District Superintendent which is the association of the 67 school superintendents. Background is education and this allows me to be involved in the education through the school system.

I've been here at the association for almost 13 years.

Tell us about your family.
I have 5 grandchildren and that's the best thing about it. 4 boys and 1 little girl and they are just really, really special.

What are some of your hobbies?
People ask me all the time what hobbies do I have. Some people might say golf or fishing or whatever. My real hobby is doing whatever I can to be with those grandchildren and you know how busy children are, there’s always something going on.

You know, you’ve got ballgames, soccer games, dance recitals, piano recitals, there’s always something to do. So my grandchildren dictate my hobbies

What is one legislation you’ll be focusing on this session?
We have to look at not only the impact of the storm in this area but the impact it will have on the budget statewide. Our legislative colleagues, I think, have done a great job in saying we have to address the issue and how do we do it.

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