On Monday afternoon, Rep. Will Weatherford was formally designated as speaker of the House for the upcoming 2012 – 2014 legislative biennium. Rep. Weatherford served as the chair of the Education Committee during the last biennium and currently serves as the chair of the House Redistricting Committee, the committee that will lead the effort to draw the boundaries for legislative and congressional districts. Rep. Weatherford is 31 years old, represents a district encompassing portions of Pasco and Hillsborough Counties near Tampa, and is married to the daughter of former speaker of the House, Allan Bense.