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Agriculture Press Release

May 14, 2001

Bronson takes oath as Florida Agriculture Commissioner 

TALLAHASSEE State Senator Charles H. Bronson was sworn in today as Florida's 10th Agriculture Commissioner. 

A fifth generation Floridian, Bronson was appointed to the post by Governor Jeb Bush and replaces interim Commissioner Terry L. Rhodes. With his wife Regina and daughter Melanie by his side, he was administered the oath of office by Chief Justice Charles T. Wells. 

"I am both honored and humbled by this appointment," said Bronson, 51. "I want to personally thank Governor Bush for the confidence he has placed in me and pledge to him and all Floridians that I am committed to making this department the finest agriculture and consumer-protection agency in the nation." 

 A cattleman and rancher, Bronson is a two-term State Senator who resides in Melbourne. His family has been in agriculture since the 1600's. 

The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services which he now heads has the responsibility of protecting and promoting Florida agriculture, assuring the safety of the state's food supply, protecting consumers from unfair and deceptive trade practices and managing nearly 1 million acres of state forests. 

In addition to his department duties, Bronson is a member of the State Cabinet.  

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