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Senate prez gets insured


Florida State Senate President Toni Jennings (R-Orlando) got a new part-time job last week. On Jan. 26, Poe & Brown, a Daytona Beach insurance agency, named Jennings to its board of directors.

Poe & Brown provides property, casualty, life and health plans to businesses and individuals. It specializes in developing custom policies for niche clients like dentists and tow-truck operators. Poe & Brown posted $129 million in sales in 1997.

The company and its current officers have donated about $93,000 to state political campaigns since 1996, according to state elections records. Most of the money has benefited Democrats, and much of the rest went to Insurance Commissioner Bill Nelson. Just one $250 contribution, from company vice president and treasurer William Zimmer, went to Jennings.