Florida’s House Speaker is not only the country’s youngest Speaker, but he was homeschooled until his sophomore year in high school.
House Speaker Will Weatherford’s fast rise started from humble beginnings By Michael Van Sickler Miami Herald
Weatherford is the second oldest of nine children but the oldest of seven boys. Their father, Bill, was Southern Methodist University’s quarterback from 1969-71. His father played in the 1940s. Brother Drew played quarterback for Florida State University.
Football for the Weatherfords comes easy. The family story is more complex.
For most of Weatherford’s childhood, the family lived a payday away from economic ruin. They moved from Texas to Florida when he was 7. It was difficult finding landlords willing to lease to such a large family, and for the next seven years, the Weatherfords moved several more times before settling in Odessa in Pasco County.
Old enough to know the family was poor, Weatherford grew conscious of how his family was perceived. The biggest difference was that the parents homeschooled their kids.
As in all politics, Will Weatherford is somewhat controversial, also laid out in this FlaglerLive Editorial. With a powerful father-in-law’s help, Weatherford moved quickly from State Representative to Florida’s Speaker of the House. He definitely has an interesting background and a promising future in the world of politics.