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Record Group Number: 000200
Series/Collection Number: .S 1854
Creator: Florida. Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Title, Dates: Constitution Revision Committee files, 1977-1980.
Amount: 1.25 cubic ft.
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Biographical/Historical:     Doyle Conner's service in Florida government began in 1950 when he was elected to Florida's House of Representatives.  During this time, Conner was a sophomore at the University of Florida working towards his Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture.  Before completion of his degree, Conner was re-elected for a second term to the House of Representatives.
      In 1960, Doyle Conner became Florida's first elected Commissioner of Agriculture, overseeing the state's second largest industry. He succeeded  Commissioner Nathan Mayo, who died in office in 1960.  At the age of 32, Conner was the youngest cabinet member in Florida's state history.
    As the Commissioner of Agriculture, Doyle Conner helped to create the Office of Consumer Services in 1967.  In addition, during his tenure as agriculture commissioner, he confronted "some of the most serious threats that have faced Florida's farming industry, including citrus canker, brucellosis in cattle and the invasions of the Mediterranean fruit fly" (Tampa Tribune, 1987).  Doyle Conner was re-elected seven times as Commissioner of Agriculture and retired at the end of his 1989 term.

Summary: This series contains Doyle Conner's notes, meeting summaries, pamphlets, memoranda, and speech files relating to the Florida Constitution revision proposals on the 1978 election ballots.  During this time, Conner served as Florida's Commissioner of Agriculture. Conner supported a campaign called Save Your Vote that encouraged voters to vote no on revision proposals one, four and eight.  The campaign's main focus was on revision proposal number four that would have abolished the election of Florida's cabinet officers and established department heads appointed by the Governor.
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Subject Access Fields: Conner, Doyle, 1928-
Constitution revisions.
Agriculture History Florida
Agriculture Government policy Florida
Agriculture and state History Florida
Agriculture and state Addresses, essays, lectures Florida
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