Commissioner Darryl Rouson
Appointed by Speaker
GENERAL PROVISIONS, Ethics in government; SCHEDULE, creates new section
Last Action: 11/3/2017 Referred to Ethics and Elections
MISCELLANEOUS, Repeal of criminal statutes
Last Action: 11/17/2017 On Committee agenda-- General Provisions, 11/30/17, 8:00 am, 401 Senate Office Building, Tallahassee, Florida
SUFFRAGE AND ELECTIONS, Disqualifications
Last Action: 11/3/2017 Referred to Ethics and Elections; Declaration of Rights
FINANCE AND TAXATION, creates s. 19
Last Action: 11/10/2017 Referred to Finance and Taxation; Ethics and Elections
DECLARATION OF RIGHTS, Right of privacy
Last Action: 11/10/2017 Referred to Declaration of Rights; Judicial
DECLARATION OF RIGHTS, Rights of accused and of victims
Last Action: 10/16/2017 Referred to Declaration of Rights
|Occupation:||Attorney; Florida State Senator|
|City:||St. Petersburg (Pinellas County)|
Commissioner Darryl Rouson has earned a reputation as a trailblazer in business and the community. In 1981, he became the first African-American prosecutor in Pinellas County. In 2003, he was appointed the first chairman of the newly formed Substance Abuse and Addictions Task Force for The National Bar Association.
Commissioner Rouson served as president of the St. Petersburg NAACP from 2000 to 2005 and served on the Taxation and Budget Reform Commission in 2007. In April 2008, Commissioner Rouson's years of activism, bold leadership and community service culminated in his being elected to represent Tampa Bay in the Florida House of Representatives. He served as a state representative for eight years.
In 2016, Commissioner Rouson was elected State Senator for District 19 which includes portions of Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties. He has a passion for reforming the criminal justice system in Florida, increasing funding for substance abuse and mental health issues and creating innovative solutions to transportation issues. Since Commissioner Rouson began his tenure in the Florida Legislature, he has been regularly listed as one of Tampa Bay's most influential politicians.
Commissioner Rouson received a college degree in 1977 from Xavier University in New Orleans and graduated from law school at the University of Florida in 1980. He is married to Angela Rouson and is proudly raising five boys while practicing law in the Tampa Bay area with the Dolman Law Group.