While in the Florida House of Representatives, Senator Silver served in major positions, including Majority Whip (1984-1986) and Majority Leader (1986-1988). He also chaired various committees, including the Select Committee on Juvenile Justice, Criminal Justice, Ethics and Elections, as well as the Subcommittee of Appropriations on General Government.
Senator Silver was then elected to the Florida Senate in 1992 and subsequently re-elected, serving as the Majority (Democratic) leader for the 1994 session. During his last term in the Senate, he was designated by both the House and Senate as the Dean of the Legislature recognizing his standing as the longest serving member of that body.
His career as a lawmaker has yielded a vast and extensive knowledge of public policy issues and the legislative process, allowing him to be an advocate and servant for his diverse community. Throughout his tenure in the Senate, Mr. Silver has been known to tackle tough issues, transcend partisanship and build strong coalitions. As Senator, he served on a variety of committees, and was chairman of both the Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services as well as Criminal Justice. His career in the Senate has earned praise from his colleagues, in both the legislature and other branches of government throughout the nation.
In 1993, Mr. Silver was elected Chairman of the Southern Legislative Conference (comprised of 17 Southern States) of the Council of State Governments. Most recently, a new prescription drug plan for Medicare-eligible senior citizens in the State of Florida has been named the “Silver Saver” in his honor.
Since his retirement from the Senate in 2002, Mr. Silver also functions as President of his own consulting firm (Ron Silver & Associates) and maintains his law practice in Miami Beach, Florida. In addition, Mr. Silver served as the first chairman of the Florida Biofuels Association and is currently the immediate past chairman and a Member of the Board Directors of that organisation.