Jennifer Sullivan to take over Neil Combee’s chairmanship

As state Rep. Neil Combee prepares to leave the Florida House to take a post in President Donald Trump’s administration, he announced Thursday that state Rep. Jennifer Sullivan will be taking over his chairmanship at the Oversight, Transparency & Administration Subcommittee.

“Be kind, be generous and do a good job,” Combee told teary-eyed members of the panel.

Combee said in a letter to House Speaker Richard Corcoran that he is resigning the Florida House to take a job as director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency, effective on Nov. 24.

Sullivan, a Republican from Mount Dora, became the youngest female legislator in Florida history when elected in 2014. This is the first committee she will chair.

Ana covers politics and policy for Florida Politics. Before joining Florida Politics, she was the legislative relief reporter for The Associated Press and covered policy issues impacting immigration, the environment, criminal justice and social welfare in Florida. She holds a B.A. in journalism from San Diego State University. After graduating in 2014, she worked as a criminal justice reporter for the Monterey Herald and the Monterey County Weekly. She has also freelanced for The Washington Post at the U.S.-Mexico border covering crime in the border city of Tijuana, where she grew up. Ana is fluent in Spanish and has intermediate proficiency in Portuguese.