Mike Haridopolos, state Senate president (Last year: 16th). The Brevard County Republican carries a lot of clout as dean of the state Senate. And he'd probably carry even more if he wasn't eclipsed by another Dean Cannon, the House speaker who ran the legislative show. The future for Haridopolos, 41, depends on how he performs in 2012 as well as his future plans.
Phil Coale, Associated Press