carlos_lopez-cantera_web.jpgTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Republican lawmakers from Port Richey and Miami have been named to key assignments in the new Florida House that meets later this month for the first time.

Speaker-designate Dean Cannon, R-Winter Park, on Friday chose Rep. John Legg of Port Richey as speaker pro tempore and Rep. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, of Miami, as majority leader. The speaker pro tempore frequently presides during floor debate when the speaker is unavailable.

Cannon had earlier chosen Rep. Denise Grimsley of Lake Placid as the new House appropriations chair and Rep. Gary Aubuchon of Cape Coral as rules chair.

Republicans captured a two-third majority in the House in Tuesday's election when they added five more seats to their majority, which is now 81-39.