First elected to the Florida Senate in 2010, Lizbeth Benacquisto currently represents Southwest Florida in the 30th district. Senator Benacquisto was named the Majority Leader for the Republican caucus in the Florida Senate in Fall of 2012, after serving as the Deputy Majority Leader during the previous session. Additionally she was appointed to be the Vice Chair of the Senate Budget Committee, an important position that helps oversee how taxpayer dollars are spent. She sits on a number of other significant committees in the Florida Senate including Education, Banking and Insurance, Rules, and Ethics and Elections.

Senator Benacquisto has also served as Vice Chair of Florida’s Government Efficiency Taskforce, a joint legislative and executive taskforce that focuses on reducing governmental waste and over regulation.

Since her election to the Legislature, Senator Benacquisto has maintained her focus on good public policy, sponsoring legislation like the Andrew Widman Act to protect law enforcement officers and keep our streets safe, the Silver Alert Program to protect our seniors, and the Qualified Targeted Industries bill to help incentivize global trade and logistical businesses in the state. In the 2013 session she championed the “Cancer Treatment Fairness Act” to help cancer patients across the state receive access to life saving oral medications.

Senator Benacquisto has been a Florida resident for more than 35 years. She graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Management. Her hard work during her first session did not go unnoticed, with many local organizations recognizing her accomplishments. Recent honors include being named the Boys and Girls Club of Lee County Children’s Advocate of the Year, PACE Center for Girls’ Senator of the Year, Southwest Florida Library Champion, as well as being awarded an “A” rating from business groups such as the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Associated Industries of Florida, and Associated Builders and Contractors.