3 inducted into Fla. Women's Hall of Fame

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Former state Senate President Gwen Margolis is one of three new members of the Florida Women's Hall of Fame.

The others inducted Tuesday are businesswoman, philanthropist and educator Louise Courtelis of Micanopy and anti-drug crusader Betty Sembler of Treasure Island.

They bring the total number of women in the Hall of Fame to 77.

Margolis, a Bay Harbor Democrat, was the first women to serve as president of any Senate - state or federal - in the United States.

She presided in 1990-92.

Margolis then was elected as a Miami-Dade County commissioner in 1993.

She chaired the county board for six of eight years she was a commissioner.

Margolis then returned to the Florida Senate from 2002 through 2008.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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