BRADENTON – Florida State House Speaker Will Weatherford is a founding member and former director of a Texas company that has received more than $800,000 from Florida's state-run insurance company, Citizen's, according to a report by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting.
Weatherford (R-Wesley Chapel) has never disclosed his and his wife's relationship with U.S. Cat Adjusters, a Texas-based company that has been a contractor for Citizens Property Insurance since 2008, during which time Weatherford was a member of the Florida House of Representatives.
Weatherford did not comment for the article, but wrote in an email that he has made no money from his connection to U.S. Cat.
"Since the company's inception, neither Courtney nor I have ever received a single dollar of income," Weatherford wrote, while acknowledging that he had been "listed" as a board member for several years.
Weatherford has not reported the relationship to U.S. Cat Adjusters on state financial disclosure forms.