PSC member Passidomo clears Senate committee

Posted By: Dave Heller (deleted) Industry, Legislative/Regulatory,

By News Service of Florida

Tallahassee — Florida Public Service Commission member Gabriella Passidomo, a daughter of the next Senate president, easily cleared her first Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday.

The Regulated Industries Committee unanimously backed confirmation of Passidomo, who was appointed in May by Gov. Ron DeSantis to a $135,997-a-year position on the five-member utility regulatory commission.

“You have one of the more impressive resumes that has come through this committee,” Senate Regulated Industries Chairman Sen. Travis Hutson, R-St. Augustine, said. “I've chaired this for four years. It's definitely up there.”

Sen. Linda Stewart, D-Orlando, thanked Passidomo for coming to her office to talk, adding, “I just think you’re great.”

Passidomo’s mother, Naples Republican Kathleen Passidomo, is chairwoman of the powerful Senate Rules Committee and is slated to become Senate president after the 2022 elections. A member of the Regulated Industries Committee, Kathleen Passidomo voted for her daughter.

Gabriella Passidomo, a 2019 graduate of the Washington & Lee University School of Law, had worked as a Public Service Commission attorney before her appointment by DeSantis. Her confirmation needs approval by the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee before facing a vote by the full Senate during the 2022 legislative session, which will start in January.

Article reposted with permission from the News Service of Florida.