Earlier today Sen. Nan Rich (D-34) was selected to be the leader of the Senate Democrats in 2010, making her the first woman to hold the position of minority leader in Florida. Sen. Rich is recognized for her commitment to children and senior citizens and has always been a strong advocate for FHCA's issues and the long term care residents served by our members. If you're in Sen. Rich's district, be sure to congratulate her and thank her for her continued support of FHCA.
More great news in Tallahassee today. Rumor has it that President Obama is going to announce that Florida's Division of Emergency Management Director, Craig Fugate, is being tapped to head the Federal Emergency Management Administration. Fugate has run the Division since 2001. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Fugate would replace acting FEMA director Nancy Ward as head of the agency, which employs 2,600 full-time staff and has more than 4,000 stand-by disaster employees.
This decision reinforces the recognition Florida has received as a result of our success during the 2004 and 2005 Hurricane seasons. FHCA is very excited about this opportunity for Craig.