Senate Secretary: Cody Patton
Cody Patton was born in Sarasota, Florida, where he attended Sarasota Military Academy, and graduated in the year 2013. He then enrolled at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida, where he graduated with his Associate of Arts degree in 2015. During his time at Santa Fe College, he served the student body in the Executive Cabinet as the Director of External Affairs for two consecutive terms under two different administrations, representing Santa Fe College on a local and state level as well as completing an internship with the League of Women Voters of Florida. While studying at Santa Fe College, Cody has also attended Florida Model Legislature twice, from which his passion for the legislative process grew.
He is currently enrolled at the University of Florida as a junior year English major and Political Science minor, and hopes to pursue Public Administration for graduate school after receiving his BA in English. He is currently involved with the Bob Graham Center for Public Service and has served on the planning committee for the center’s annual Future of Florida summits.
Upon receiving his degree in Public Administration, Cody hopes to use his experience to make a difference by one day running for public office.
Role of the Senate Secretary
Role of the Secretary at Florida Model Legislature:
In Florida Model Legislatures Senate, the Secretary will serve at the leisure of the President. The Secretary typically reads the bills and other necessary readings as condoned by the rules of the procedures. The Secretary will write bills as part of the conference participation, however the actual Florida Secretary of the Senate leads a non partisan office. In conference, the clerk also assist with updating the bill citator for the house bills.