In Florida State Senate, Republicans are more affected by term limits than Democrats

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August 11, 2010

Alfred Lawson, who is ineligible to run for Florida State Senate District 6 because of term limits. Lawson has held the seat since 2002.

By Gabrielle Thompson

Florida enacted state legislative term limits in 1992. In 2010, the impact of the term limits that Florida voters approved when they enacted Amendment 9 in 1992 will be felt by more Republicans than Democrats.

Republican state senators Alex Diaz de la Portilla, Alex Villalobos, Durell Peaden, Lee Constantine, Rudy Garcia, and Victor Crist are ineligible to run for re-election to the Florida legislature in 2010, along with Democratic senator Alfred Lawson.

Republicans hold a 13-seat advantage over Democrats going into the November 2 election, but their prospects of holding onto their state senate majority are at risk by the fact that they are losing six senators because of term limits, while the Democratic Party is only losing one senator.

Party As of January 2015
     Democratic Party 14
     Republican Party 25
     Vacancy 1
Total 40

Louis Jacobson, a staff writer for PolitiFact, did an early-season analysis of which state legislatures may change majority party control as the result of the November elections. He does not rate the Florida State Senate as likely to change in this regard, and this may be partly due to the differential impact of term limits on the state senate's partisan make-up.[1]

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