Dana Young, a sixth generation Floridian, was born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida. In November 2010, she was elected to the Florida House of Representatives and served District 60 until November 2016. In November 2016, she was elected to the Florida Senate (Tampa – 18th District), where she continues the proud family tradition of public service after her father Don Duden (Former Assistant Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection), her grandfather, Former Florida Senate President Randolph Hodges, and her uncle, Rep. Gene Hodges who also served in the Florida House of Representatives.
Senator Young is a product of the Florida public school system, and received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Florida State University. In pursuit of her interest of the law and public policy, Senator Young graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1993, and then returned home to Florida to begin her legal career at Fowler, White, Boggs, P.A. As a member of the firm’s Regulated Industries Department, Senator Young represented a broad spectrum of businesses, landowners, and individuals in areas of regulatory compliance, permitting, zoning, and administrative law proceedings.
In October 2014, then Representative Young was tapped by Speaker Crisafulli as Majority Leader to serve for the 2015 and 2016 legislative sessions. This follows two years serving as Majority Whip and Deputy Majority Leader under Speaker Will Weatherford. In April 2013, she was appointed by Governor Scott to the Florida Defense Support Task Force. From 2011-2012 she served as Chairman of the influential Hillsborough County Legislative Delegation. She also serves on the Board of Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. In 2013 she was appointed to the Board of Trustees for the Florida Aquarium, The Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence. In 2014 she was appointed to serve on the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s Florida Advisory Committee. Senator Young is a member of GOPAC’s Advisory Board which helps promote the ideas and policies being implemented at the state level, as well as assist with electing new generations of Republican leaders. In August 2017, Senator Young was appointed to the National Conference of State Legislature’s (NCSL) Innovations in State Health Systems Task Force. This task force consists of 35 members and was created to examine the issues and opportunities faced by state policymakers as they reform their state’s health systems.
Sen. Young has worked tirelessly to pass legislation aimed at creating an exceptional business climate and a world class quality of life for Floridians. In her legislative career she has sponsored and passed numerous bills, which are now law here in Florida.
She and her husband, Matt, have been married for over 20 years and have two daughters, Alexandra and Carson.