Representative James Grant from Florida House District 64, is a candidate for the very powerful position of Speaker of the Florida House for the 2023 and 2024 sessions of the Florida Legislature. Having served in the Florida House since 2010 however, this would mean that Grant would be serving in the office well past the 8-year term limit proscribed in our Florida Constitution for this position. Because of a loophole in the language of the term limits amendment Representative Grant’s contention is that he will still be eligible for office beyond the 2018 legislative session.
Between 2014 and 2015 the election for District 64 came under controversy that left the seat temporarily vacated and Grant out of office for a total of 155 days. During this time no one else occupied this office and Grant was eventually reinstated. Therefore, Grant did serve in the office for 575 of the 730 days included in the 2014 – 2015 term of office for this position. Grant’s claim now is that because the office was temporarily vacated due to an election process irregularity the clock should start over on his time in office and he should be allowed to serve beyond the eight-year term limit.
“In 1992, 77% of Florida voters told the legislature that they felt 8 years was enough time to serve. Representative Grant is trying to circumvent the will of the voters and remain in office for nearly double that time, 14 years to be exact.”
“This type of unethical behavior is just one of the many reasons I began my “Come Clean in 2018” campaign for Governor of Florida. The people of Florida have lost their voice in Tallahassee. The career politicians, the lobbyists, and the dark money special interests listen only to each other. I’m running to put the people back in charge in Tallahassee. I’m proud to stand with US Term Limits in support of their efforts to prevent what would be an egregious violation of Florida’s term limits provisions in our Florida Constitution. Representative Grant should not be allowed to serve beyond his eight-year limit because of a technicality, and he certainly shouldn’t be allowed to flaunt his disrespect for the people of Florida by being elected as Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives.”