TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida House Republicans are launching an aggressive effort to expand their already sizable majority in 2022, branding their control of the state legislature’s lower chamber as a “firewall for freedom” put on especially stark display during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In debuting a promotional video Monday, the chairman of the Florida House Republican Campaign Committee, Rep. Paul Renner (R-Palm Coast), told reporters his party’s agenda during the 2021 legislative session puts it in a good position to pick up additional seats next year.

“We’re going to go on offense to make sure that not only we defend the 78 members that we have today, but if there are opportunities to pick up seats, we are absolutely going to go after those opportunities,” he said.