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Statewide Group Recognizes Long for Work During Legislative Session

Janet Long | Politics | Pinellas County

The FAC Presidential Advocate recognition is given to county commissioners who have shown exceptional leadership in advocating with Florida Association of Counties during the 2020 session to advance the counties’ legislative agenda.

SEMINOLE – The Florida Association of Counties has recognized Pinellas County Commissioner Janet C. Long as a Presidential Advocate for her work during the 2020 Legislative Session.

Long received the designation during the association’s virtual annual business meeting.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the Florida Association of Counties, but the work we accomplished during the 2020 legislative session is what I am most proud of,” Long said.  “This year we strengthened the Florida Office of Resiliency and created a sea-level rise task force that will help produce solutions to one of this state’s most pressing issues – sea level rise.  An issue that left unchecked could be devastating to a county like Pinellas.”

The FAC Presidential Advocate recognition is given to county commissioners who have shown exceptional leadership in advocating with FAC during the 2020 session to advance the counties’ legislative agenda.

“It’s our duty as commissioners to stand up for our community, to fight to preserve the unique aspects of where we live, work, and play,” said FAC Immediate Past President and Leon County Commissioner, Nick Maddox. “This responsibility is only heightened during the Legislative Session where hundreds of bills are heard that directly impact that quality of life.”

For more than 85 years, the FAC has represented the diverse interests of Florida’s counties, emphasizing the importance of protecting home rule – the concept that government closest to the people governs best. The FAC helps counties effectively serve and represent Floridians by strengthening and preserving county home rule through advocacy, education and collaboration.

Before joining the county commission in 2012, Long served on the Seminole City Council from 2002-2006, and the Florida House of Representatives from 2006-2010.

Long is the chair of Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority and Tampa Bay Regional Resiliency Coalition subcommittee. She is a member of the executive committee for the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority, Forward Pinellas, Business Technology Services Board and others, including the Largo Medical Center Board of Trustees and Clearwater Central Catholic Advisory Board.

She has been married to Richard Long, a retired officer with the Seminole Fire Department, for 41 years. They have three children and five grandchildren.

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