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Rick Roth - Florida House of Representatives (Morning Ceremony)
Representative Rick Roth was born at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Palm Beach, and he was raised in Belle Glade. He graduated from Belle Glade High School in 1970. He went on to study at Emory University, where he graduated with a degree in mathematics.
As the president and principal owner of Roth Farms, Inc. and Ray's Heritage, LLC Packinghouse, he has been a driving force of the agricultural community in western Palm Beach County. Representative Roth has served in numerous leadership roles in his community. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the Western Palm Beach County Farm Bureau, Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association and the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida. He also supports many community organizations, including Florida Association of Food Banks, Farmers Feeding Florida and the South Florida Sweet Corn Fiesta. He was elected to serve in the Florida Legislature as a State House Representative for District 85 in 2016 and re-elected in 2018.
Family life is busy for Representative Roth and his wife of nearly 40 years, Jeanie. Most important to him are his children, Lindsay, Ryan and Ashley and his grandchildren, Hannah, Ezra and Ella. He is a founding member of the Truth Point Church in West Palm Beach.
Matt Willhite - Florida House of Representatives (Afternoon Ceremony)
Matt Willhite, an alumnus of Palm Beach State College, is a longtime resident of Palm Beach County with a distinct record of service. In 2008, he was elected to serve the residents of the Village of Wellington as a councilman and vice mayor. In 2016, he was elected to the Florida House of Representatives to represent District 86 and was subsequently re-elected in 2018. Willhite is currently the acting chair of the Palm Beach County Legislative Delegation and chair of the Florida Veterans and Military Families Caucus.
Representative Willhite served for eight years in the United States Navy as a corpsman and has spent the last 22 years as an employee with Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, where he holds the rank of captain. He is currently the only active duty firefighter in the Florida Legislature. He has a deep passion for public safety, a desire to find innovative solutions to issues affecting the state and is committed to creating a stronger economy that benefits all Floridians.