Florida Senate confirms reappointment of Ladapo as surgeon general
The Republican-controlled Senate voted 27-12 along party lines to confirm Ladapo. The Senate also confirmed 15 other agency heads, including Jason Weida as AHCA secretary.
The Florida Senate confirmed the reappointment of state Surgeon General Dr. Josepth Ladapo on Thursday.
The Republican-controlled Senate voted 27-12 along party lines to confirm Ladapo.
The position also leads the state Department of Health.
The Senate also confirmed 15 other agency heads, including Jason Weida as secretary of the Agency for Health Care Administration, which oversees the state’s Medicaid program and regulates health care facilities.
In November, DeSantis announced that Ladapo will remain in the position. He was first appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis in September 2021.
Ladapo’s confirmation came after a final protest from Democrat Sen. Tina Polsky of Boca Raton.
“If we just blindly vote through this man, we are saying it's OK to lie on scientific studies that will potentially determine the outcome of someone's life,” Polsky said.
Weida has been the interim AHCA secretary since January, after Simone Marstiller stepped down.