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Personal & Career

Legislative Service

  • Elected to the Senate in 2018
  • House of Representatives, February 23, 2010-2018
    • Minority Leader, 2016-2018
    • Democratic Deputy Whip, 2010-2012

Honors and Awards

  • Aetna Healthcare, National Financial Account Manager
  • CIGNA Healthcare for Seniors Group Sales, Regional Director
  • CIGNA Healthcare Optical Operations, Director
  • Fourth Generation Tampa/Ybor City Resident
  • Pearle Vision Center, owner
  • American Cancer Society, Freshmen Legislator of the Year Award, 2010
  • Community Health Charities of Florida, House Member of the Year Award, 2010
  • Italian Club Ladies Auxiliary, Italian American Woman of Excellence, 2010


  • FBI Citizens' Academy Alumni
  • Hillsborough Community College Alumni Foundation
  • National Association of Latino Elected Officials
  • Tampa Latin Chamber of Commerce
  • West Tampa Chamber of Commerce
  • Women In Government
  • Hillsborough County Democratic Hispanic Caucus, past Chair
  • Paint Your Heart Out Tampa, past board member
  • United Way Campaign CIGNA Healthcare, past Corporate Chair

Biographical Information

Occupation: Optician/Healthcare Executive
Spouse: Dr. Stephen "Steve" Rifkin
Children: Ana Cruz, Raymond "Nick" Cruz, Stephen Rifkin, Laura McCauley
Grandchildren: Madison McCauley, Peter McCauley, Teresa McCauley
  • Hillsborough Community College, A.A., Opticianry Dispensing, 1977
Born: July 7 in Tampa, Florida
Religious Affiliation: Catholic
Recreation: Gourmet cooking, tarpon fishing, watercolor, writing
Consists of part of Hillsborough county

Date Proposed Bill Title
Sponsored Bills Policy Area
Date Sponsored Date Proposed Bill Title
Cosponsored Bills Policy Area
Position Date From Date to District Branch Party State
Senator 18 Senate Tallahassee
Introduced House
Passed House
Introduced Senate
Passed Senate
To President
Became Law
Vote Date Vote Bill Title
Name Position Date Joined Branch
Politician Party Purpose Type Date Amount
Type Address
District (813) 348-1017
Capitol (850) 487-5018