The candidate pool for Speaker of the House in 2017 – 2018 narrowed by two on February 2, 2011, as Reps. Gaetz and Albritton withdrew from the race. Both lawmakers announced support for Rep. Richard Corcoran, who was the chief of staff to former House Speaker Marco Rubio. Mr. Corcoran is now the next likely Speaker of the House after Rep. Weatherford in 2013 – 2014 and Rep. Dorworth in 2015 –16.