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REPRESENTATIVE JOHANNA LÓPEZ DELIVERS FOR OUR COMMUNITY!
Johanna López, originally from Puerto Rico, represents District 43 in the Florida House of Representatives since 2022.
In the legislature, Johanna successfully co-led bipartisan efforts to expand access to high school diplomas and educational opportunities for our students, voted to provide $711 Million to build affordable housing for our communities in-need, and introduced legislation to increase retirement benefits according to cost-of-living adjustments. Johanna has also fought hard against extremist laws that put our kids at risk of gun violence, criminalize immigrants, ban abortion care, penalize workers, and attack our LGBTQ youth.
Johanna also works as an outreach strategist for Provisions Construction and Development, Inc, a minority-owned construction firm based in Orlando. Prior to the legislature, Johanna served a Member of the Orange County School Board from 2018 to 2022, making history by becoming the first Latina member of this Board.
Before then, Johanna was an Advanced Placement Spanish teacher at Colonial High School, where, for twenty years, she made a tremendous impact in the lives of thousands of students inside and outside of the classroom. Her professionalism and commitment to the students’ well-being allowed her to become the Orange County Teacher of the Year in 2017. She is, among others, also a recipient of the Governor's Shine Award for Inspirational Teachers, the Queen Smith Award for Commitment to Urban Public Education, and the Life Changer of the Year award.
Johanna holds a Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic Studies from the University of Puerto Rico and a Master of Arts in Higher Education from the Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico. She moved to Orlando in 1998, where she first worked at a car wash and then at a fast-food restaurant. She is the mother of four young adults and has lived in our community for almost twenty-five years.
During her free time, you can find Johanna dancing salsa, teaching her four-year-old granddaughter Eliza how to read, or playing with her family dogs Moca and Mavi.
JOHANNA'S AGENDA IS TO CONTINUE PUTTING POLITICS ASIDE TO DELIVER FOR OUR COMMUNITY!
As a State Representative, Johanna has a record of putting partisan politics aside to deliver for our community. While she stood strong against extremist legislation that directly attacks our civil and human rights, she led the efforts to expand educational opportunities for our students, voted to provide over $700 million to build affordable homes, and introduced legislation to combat inflation. Her platform seeks to ensure our schools deliver a high-quality education to every student, our working families have access to affordable housing, healthcare access is expanded, and our human and civil rights are respected and protected.
IMPROVE OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM
Johanna will continue to champion our youth by fighting increase wages for teachers and school personnel, establish additional support systems for ELL and ESE students, and fund mental health programs in our schools.
Johanna will work to increase wages through the creation of good-paying jobs, increase opportunities for homeownership for first time home-owners, and provide funding for our communities to build affordable homes across the state.
EXPAND ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE
Johanna will advocate to expand Medicaid coverage, make access to mental healthcare easily available for all, fund preventative care services, protect women's reproductive rights and expand pre-natal and post-natal care options for women.
PROTECT OUR CIVIL RIGHTS
Johanna will work to ensure our human and civil rights are protected across the state, including fighting to expand voting rights, standing up for our minority and immigrant communities, and opposing discriminatory and hateful legislation.