A cat in the House Florida State Rep. Everett Kelly, House speaker pro tempore, found a surprise when he went to his desk in the chamber Tuesday. It was surrounded by pages and occupied by a 130-pound panther. The animal was invited to the chamber by Rep. Brian Rush to show fellow lawmakers what the endangered species was like. Kelly told the cat's owner, Bert Wahl, second from left, the cat could have the desk, the chair and anything else he wanted.