His desire to serve the community compelled him to enter politics for the first time in 2010 and run for a seat in the Florida House of Representatives. He was elected on Nov. 2, 2010, and re-elected in 2012, 2014 and 2016. For the 2017-2018 legislative terms, Larry is serving as Chairman of the Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee, Vice Chairman of the Post-Secondary Education Subcommittee, a member of the Careers & Competition Subcommittee and the Appropriations, Education and Public Integrity & Ethics committees.
Larry continues to stay active in the community through his church, local non-profit organizations and as a big brother through Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. He is married to Maureen Byrne Ahern, a former local journalist and longtime member of the community. They have three grown daughters, Lauren, Lindsay (Andrew) and Sarah (Chase), and a grandchild, 1-year-old Stella. Larry enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, reading, and playing golf and racquetball.