May 17, 1949 --
Toni Jennings was the first Republican woman Senate President, serving two successive terms. Jennings launched Florida's successful efforts to move citizens from the welfare rolls into the workforce. A champion for public education, she ushered Florida's first school readiness program through the state legislature, ensuring the readiness of the state's youngest citizens to enter school for the first time. Jennings served 25 years in the Florida Legislature, and as the president of Jack Jennings and Sons, Inc., General Contractors, established herself as an energetic leader in an industry dominated by men. Jennings has received numerous awards including the Florida School Board Association's Legislator of the Year, and the Florida Commission on the Status of Women's, "Women in the Workplace Appreciation Award."