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Meet Florida’s New (Temporary) Speaker

Meet Larry Cretul.

The state House’s acting speaker is a low-key, little-known but well-liked conservative Republican real estate broker from north-central Florida.

Rep. Larry Cretul prefers to work behind the scenes and likes to ride motorcycles, friends and colleagues say.

Cretul, 61, of Ocala, will lead the chamber at least until a series of investigations into Speaker Ray Sansom’s connections to a state college are resolved.

Cretul is a native of Trenton, Mich., a Baptist deacon and Navy veteran. He and wife Lana have two sons and a grandson. Before being elected to the House in 2002, Cretul was a Marion County commissioner for eight years, serving twice as chairman and twice as vice chairman.

“He’s not a bombastic type,” said Sen. Carey Baker, R-Eustis, who represents some of same areas as Cretul. “He’s a quiet professional.”

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