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Janet Cruz

Florida State Senate District 18

Janet Cruz was elected to office in February 2010 by special election. In February of 2015, Representative Cruz was unanimously elected as the Leader Designate of the House Democratic Caucus for the 2016-2018 term, becoming the first Hispanic House Minority Leader. She was recognized for her legislative service by the Community Health Charities of Florida, the Florida Health Care Association, the American Cancer Society, and the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation.

Prior to running for office, Janet was an Optician and later the Director of Optical Operations for Cigna Healthcare, as well as being active in her community as a volunteer for Paint Your Heart Out Tampa, a member of the Hillsborough Community College Alumni Foundation, and Corporate Chair of Cigna Healthcare for the United Way Campaign.

Janet is a 4th generation Tampa resident, descending from Spanish and Italian cigar factory workers. She is running for the Florida Senate as a champion for public education, affordable quality health care, and an economy that works for everyone.