By: Sharon Aron Baron
On Wednesday, former City Commissioner Dan Daley, the youngest ever elected official in Coral Springs, was sworn in as state representative in a ceremony surrounded by friends and supporters.
Judge and former State Rep Ari Porth swore Daley in, a fitting choice, as Porth was Daley’s inspiration for one day becoming a state rep.
As a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Daley first met Porth, at a Teen Political Forum. The following year, while attending FSU, he became his intern for six months then his full-time legislative aide, running Porth’s Tallahassee office through 2012.
“I think that the district is in excellent hands,” said Judge Porth. “I can think of no one more committed to serving the public than Dan. He makes himself available 24/7, he responds instantly to texts on social media; he acts quickly to constituent needs. He will always think of the district first.”
At the age of 22, Daley ran and was elected as the youngest ever elected official in Coral Springs. He grew up in the city and went on to become the first college graduate in his family. After being elected to the Coral Springs city commission, Daley began attending law school at Nova Southeastern University, graduated, and passed the bar. He now works as corporate counsel for 13th Floor Homes.
His work in public service didn’t begin as a legislative assistant. Before that, he served with the United States Air Force as a contracted cadet with the Reserve Officer Training Corps and had been involved with several charities that support the US soldiers and their families. Daley also worked for over ten years with the United States Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol, where he worked with many teenagers in the Coral Springs area.
Currently, Daley has been busy laying the groundwork for his local office in the City of Sunrise. He has hired two aides: Kayla vanWieringen and Stephanie Desir-Jean and will be preparing for his year ahead, beginning with committee meetings in Tallahassee in September, then the legislative session in January. Until then, he is meeting with constituents and preparing legislation for session.
He wants residents to know that he is happy to help with any state-related issues and concerns, whether it deals with a specific state agency or entity.
“Ultimately, if you are unsure if you have a state-related issue, contact us. If we can help, we will. If not, we will send you to the right place to address your concerns. Constituent service is the most important job we do, so we want to be a resource for all in our community.”
Daley can be reached at Dan.Daley@MyFloridaHouse.gov His local office is in the Sunrise Community Development Building at1601 NW 136th Ave, Building B, Sunrise, FL.