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Former House Speaker and Ag Commissioner, Doyle Conner, Dies

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam says Former Agriculture Commissioner and House Speaker Doyle Conner left behind a legacy.  Conner passed away Sunday at the age of 83.  

As the youngest Florida House Speaker and after serving about 3 decades as Agriculture Commissioner in the state, Doyle Conner had plenty of opportunity to blaze some trails. And Current Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said that’s just what he did.

“He was the transition figure for bringing Florida government and Florida Agriculture into the modern age,” Putnam said.

And House Speaker Will Weatherford said Conner, who was elected to the House while still in college, paved the way for young people to realize their leadership goals.

“It kind of said, hey, just because you’re not in your mid to late 40s doesn’t mean that you can’t run for office and if you’re a young person, but you’re principled and focusing on the right things, you can a leader. And age is not a prerequisite for leadership,” Weatherford said.

Conner will lie in the historic capital from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 20. Funeral Services for Conner will be held at 3:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Tallahassee, the same day.

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Regan McCarthy is the Assistant News Director for WFSU Public Media. Before coming to Tallahassee, Regan graduated with honors from Indiana University’s Ernie Pyle School of Journalism. She worked for several years for NPR member station WFIU in Bloomington, Ind., where she covered local and state government and produced feature and community stories.

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