Governor-elect Ron DeSantis Announces Richard Prudom as Secretary of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs

Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor-elect Ron DeSantis today announced he has appointed Richard Prudom to serve as Secretary of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. A long-standing Deputy Secretary of the Department, Prudom will lead the agency beginning in January, as the DeSantis-Nuñez Administration takes office. 

“Richard Prudom is a proven and dedicated public servant with extensive leadership experience within Florida’s government and I am pleased to announce he will continue his service to our state as Secretary of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. I have full confidence that Richard will continue to work tirelessly to ensure Florida’s elders remain healthy, safe and independent,” said Governor-elect DeSantis.  

Richard Prudom, Secretary of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs
Richard Prudom has served as Deputy Secretary and Chief of Staff for the Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) since 2011. He worked closely with the 11 Area Agencies on Aging and has lead several vital initiatives.

Before serving at DOEA, Prudom worked as the Director of Financial Management for the Department of Corrections, where he managed the $2.3 billion operating budget and over 400 contracts of the department. Prior to this role, Prudom served the Department of Corrections as Chief of Staff, where he helped advised the Secretary on a number of internal and external policy matters while working to set the agenda for the agency and ensured that its mission was met.

Governor-elect Ron DeSantis Reappoints Jim Poppell Secretary of Florida Lottery

Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor-elect Ron DeSantis today announced he has reappointed Jim Poppell as the Secretary of the Florida Lottery.  “Jim Poppell is a committed public servant who believes in the mission of the Florida Lottery,” said Governor-elect DeSantis. “With Jim continuing to lead the Florida Lottery, I am certain Florida students will continue to benefit from the outstanding educational opportunities the agency generates. A world-class education system is paramount to our state’s success, and I look forward to seeing the Florida Lottery contribute to our students’ success. Transparent and efficient operation of the lottery system is critical to ensuring that this program achieves its promise and Jim has demonstrated he is the professional to do this work.”

Jim Poppell, Secretary of Florida Lottery Jim Poppell has served as the Secretary of the Florida Lottery since July 2017. At the Florida Lottery, he is responsible for leading 400 employees to increase sales and transfers to enhance education and for maintaining relationships with more than 13,000 retailers.

Prior to joining the Florida Lottery, Poppell served as the Chief of Staff of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, where he was responsible for representing the agency’s views on policy decisions and ensuring its mission and goals were achieved by managing the day-to-day operations of each of its divisions.

Poppell previously served as Executive Vice President of Human Resources at NextEra Energy, Inc., held several leadership positions at Florida Power & Light Company and was a Litigator with Foley & Lardner LLP. 

Poppell received his Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri, his Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Leadership from Spring Arbor University in Michigan and his Bachelor of Arts in History from Eckerd College. 

Governor-elect Ron DeSantis Announces Transition Advisory Committee on Government Operations

Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor-elect Ron DeSantis and Lieutenant Governor-elect Jeanette Nuñez today announced the names of over 30 advisors who will serve on the Transition Advisory Committee on Government Operations. The committee will be chaired by Larry Hart, Lee County tax collector.

The committee is comprised of a diverse and knowledgeable group of individuals who will advise the Transition Team as they develop their plan to implement Governor-elect DeSantis’ goal of ensuring that the most critical functions of government are operating efficiently, responsibly and with the utmost transparency and accountability. The committee will also be focused on identifying ways to create a less burdensome regulatory environment in the Sunshine State and streamlining processes that Florida businesses depend on.

Members of the Transition Advisory Committee on Government Operations include: MATT BALOG; Vice President of Consulting Services, CGI Technologies and Solutions EDWARD BORREGO; COO, Jackson South Medical Center JIM BOXOLD; Former Secretary, Florida Department of Transportation and Consultant, Capital City Consulting RICHARD COATES; Attorney, Richard E. Coates Law Firm BRIAN CORLEY; Supervisor of Elections, Pasco County DANIEL CRAIG; Senior Vice President, Adjusters International LAURA CROUCH; Vice President of State and Community Relations and Economic Development, TECO SCOTT CULP; Executive Vice President, Atlantic Housing Partners JOHN DALY; Attorney, John C. Daly, P.A. JOE de la VIESCA; President, JAV Auto Tag Agency The Honorable CHRIS DORWORTH; Former Representative, Florida House of Representatives The Honorable TOM GRADY; Chairman, Florida Constitutional Revision Committee and Former Representative, Florida House of Representatives KEN GRANGER; Former Deputy Secretary & Chief of Staff, Department of Management Services DANE GREY; President, Elite Parking Services of America ROB GUIDRY; Founder & Co-CEO, SC2 Corp The Honorable CLAY INGRAM; Former Representative, Florida House of Representatives CHARLES LINDSEY; City Manager, City of Marathon The Honorable MARCELO LLORENTE; Former Representative, Florida House of Representatives CYNDY LOOMIS; Vice President, Florida Technology Council JENNIFER MANSO; Attorney, Wilkes & McHugh, P.A. The Honorable PAT NEAL; Former Senator, Florida State Senate and President & CEO, Neal Communities The Honorable PETER DAVIS O’BRYAN; Commissioner, Indian River County District 4 BRIAN ROACH; Senior Vice President & Managing Director Regulated Industries, SAP FRANK SCHWIEP; President & CEO, Gold Coast Beverage Distributors, Inc. DONNA SLYSTER; CIO, Saddle Creek Logistics STEPHANIE SMITH; Florida Director of Public Policy, Uber Technologies BOB STORK; Founder and CEO, Communications International TARA TEDROW; Senior Associate, Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A. KEN THOMAS; State of Florida Public Sector Leader, Ernst and Young Global Limited TOM TIGHT; Managing Director, Public Trust Advisors Dr. PETER A. WISH; Commissioner & Chairman of the Board, Sarasota/ Manatee Airport Authority JOSH YAFFIN; Enterprise Sales, Qualtrics IAN YORTY; Chief Business Development Officer, Grant Street Group

Governor-elect Ron DeSantis Recommends Jim Zingale, PhD as Florida Department of Revenue Executive Director

Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor-elect Ron DeSantis today announced he is recommending Jim Zingale, PhD, to the Florida Cabinet to serve as the Executive Director of the Florida Department of Revenue (DOR), continuing to build on the DeSantis-Nuñez Administration’s promise of bipartisanship. 

“I am pleased to recommend Jim Zingale to serve as the Executive Director of DOR and am certain the Cabinet will share my confidence in Jim,” said Governor-elect DeSantis. “With his prior experience at the department, Jim has a deep understanding of this agency that has 5,400 employees and a budget of more than $500 million. His knowledge of the inner workings of DOR, paired with his innovative ideas for modernization, make Jim the ideal choice to lead this department into the future.” 

Jim Zingale, PhD, for Executive Director of the Florida Department of Revenue
Dr. Zingale most recently served as the Research Director of the Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida. Dr. Zingale was also a consultant with Capitol Hill Group and Deloitte.  

Prior to these positions, Dr. Zingale served in various state government roles, where he provided public service for more than 35 years in Florida. During this tenure, Dr. Zingale served as the Interim Executive Director of the Florida Agency for Enterprise Information Technology. He also previously served in DOR, where he was the Executive Director for seven years and the Deputy Director for nine years.  

During his time at DOR, Dr. Zingale oversaw implementation of two monumental technology projects, including a $110 million Integrated Tax Administration System, which delivered a 10-to-1 return on investment, and an $86 million Integrated Child Support System.  His work earned the department the National Excellence Award from the LBJ School of Public Administration. 

Dr. Zingale also has a total of 18 years of leadership experience, serving both chambers of the Florida Legislature, holding key research policy and negotiation positions as Staff Director of the Finance & Tax Committee, Appropriations Committee, and Economic and Demographic Research Committee. Further, Dr. Zingale served as the first Economic and Demographic Research Director. He also served as an Environmental Specialist for the Florida Department of Pollution Control.    

Dr. Zingale received a Doctor of Philosophy and Economics from the Florida State University, a Master of Arts in Economics from Bowling Green State University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University.

Lt. Governor-elect Jeanette Nuñez Announces Alex Garcia as Chief of Staff

TALLAHASSEE, FL- Today, Lt. Governor-elect Jeanette Nuñez announced the hiring of Alex Garcia as Chief of Staff. 

“I am excited to announce that Alex Garcia has accepted the position to serve as my Chief of Staff and help lead my team,” said Lt. Governor-elect Jeanette Nuñez. “Alex has a storied history with our great state. He is an experienced, reliable and diligent leader with a unique set of skills working at both local and national levels. I am confident that under his leadership, my staff and I are in good hands.” 

Garcia comes to the DeSantis-Nuñez Administration following a stint as the Political Director for House Campaigns at the Republican Party of Florida. Prior to that position, he worked as Deputy State Director for the Republican National Committee’s Florida Victory program where during his tenure, Garcia oversaw Hispanic Initiatives and field operations for the Sunshine State. 

From 2011 – 2013, Garcia worked in the Florida Legislature as a Legislative Aide in the House and Senate. In this position, he oversaw research and strategies for moving legislation and policy items through the legislative process, while also spearheading various community events and advisory committees. 

Previously, Garcia served as the Campaign Manager for the Michael Bileca for State Representative in 2012 and the Deputy Campaign Manager for the Anitere Flores for State Senate campaign in the 2010 election cycle. 

Incoming Chief of Staff Alex Garcia said, “I am honored to be given the opportunity to serve the first Latina Lieutenant Governor and the residents of the State of Florida. I am also humbled and grateful for the opportunity to implement the bold vision of the DeSantis-Nuñez Administration and to be part of this incredibly talented team.” 

Garcia is the son of Cuban exiles and a graduate of Florida International University’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Governor-elect Ron DeSantis Announces Executive Office of the Governor Senior Team

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Governor-elect Ron DeSantis announced additions to the senior team in the Executive Office of the Governor. Joining Shane Strum, the Governor-elect’s Chief of Staff will be Deputy Chiefs of Staff James Blair and Adrian Lukis. Roger “Beau” Beaubien will serve as Director of Cabinet Affairs and will have an enhanced portfolio in addition to that role. Stephanie Kopelousos and Helen Aguirre Ferré will serve as Director of Legislative Affairs and Director of Communications, respectively.

“This team of professionals, working under the direction of Shane Strum, will mean that we will be ready on day one to deliver on promises made throughout the campaign to the people of Florida–to grow jobs, protect Florida’s natural environment, keep our communities safe and ensure every child has access to a quality education. I am proud to be rounding out my senior team with a group of experienced, smart and dedicated public servants who have committed themselves to building a better Florida,” said Governor-elect Ron DeSantis.

Deputy Chief of Staff James Blair most recently managed the Transition Advisory Committee efforts, seeking and receiving stakeholder input on a wide variety of important issues for the Governor-elect’s consideration as he takes office. Prior to the senior policy role on the transition and a senior political role in the DeSantis campaign, Blair served as a longtime political advisor to former Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran. Blair also led the political arm of the Republican Party of Florida’s House Majority effort during the 2016 election cycle, which successfully retained all incumbent seats and added an additional seat to the House Republican majority. Blair is a graduate of Florida State University, where he earned a B.S. in Finance.

“James is a smart and hard-working talent and I know he is dedicated to advancing the Governor-elect’s agenda and vision for the future of our great state. I’m proud that Governor-elect DeSantis chose to put his confidence in James and I know he will be well served by his decision”, said former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives Richard Corcoran.

Adrian Lukis will join the DeSantis administration from his position as Senior Advisor to House Speaker Jose Oliva. Lukis began his career as an attorney in Orlando before moving to Tallahassee to work as committee attorney and Deputy Staff Director in the Florida House of Representatives. Prior to his position in the Speaker’s office, Adrian as served as Deputy Director of Agenda Development at the Republican Party of Florida. Lukis is a graduate of Florida State University and received his Juris Doctorate from the Florida State University College of Law.

“Adrian served the House in both the Office of the Majority Leader and the Speaker’s Office with distinction, ability and integrity. I have no doubt that he will serve Governor-elect DeSantis with the same quality and energy. I wish him and the Governor-elect all the best and look forward to working with them to continue the success story of Florida”, said Florida House Speaker Jose Oliva.

Beau Beaubien served in the Governor-elect’s Transition as the Intergovernmental Affairs Liaison, a role he also held during the DeSantis-Nuñez campaign. Prior to his role on the campaign, Beaubien served as Special Counsel for Cabinet and Legislative Affairs to Attorney General Pam Bondi. He spent several years in private practice with the Coates Law Firm in Tallahassee. Beaubien is a graduate of the University of Florida and the Florida State University College of Law.

“Beau is a brilliant and dedicated professional who is respected by legislators, his colleagues and all who have the pleasure to work with him. He has been a trusted advisor and member of my team. He loves our state and will work well with the great group of professionals that has been assembled. I know the Governor-elect and his administration will be well-served by Beau’s addition to his team”, said Attorney General Pam Bondi.

Stephanie Kopelousos, currently the County Manager in Clay County, will join the DeSantis-Nuñez administration as the Director of Legislative Affairs. Kopelousos brings a wealth of experience to the Governor’s office having previously served as Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation from 2007 to 2011, where she first served as Chief of Staff. A well-respected leader of one of the largest agencies in Florida government and a successful county administrator in her home county, Kopelousos joins the team ready to work with on behalf of Governor-elect DeSantis with the Legislature to advance a people-friendly agenda for Florida.

“I cannot imagine a better selection for the Governor-elect’s Legislative Affairs team than Stephanie. She has the knowledge of the process, the respect of the legislators and all individuals with whom she works and the leadership skills to get the job done. Having known Stephanie and her family for many years, I could not be more proud of her,” said incoming Florida Senate Appropriations Chair Rob Bradley (R-Clay County).

Helen Aguirre Ferré returns home to Florida after two years as White House Director of Media Affairs and a brief time as Director of Strategic Communications and Public Affairs at the National Endowment for the Arts. A gifted communicator, proven leader and well-respected professional, this Miami native brings a wealth of talent to the new administration. Her experience with the range of communication modes and her ability to help tell a story will help Floridians remember why we love our state and help them envision the vast opportunities we have before us. Helen received her M.A. in Inter-American studies from the University of Miami and her B.A. in Political Science from Barry University.

“Helen will be a great asset to Governor DeSantis as she returns to her home state of Florida to continue her work in public service. Having worked at the White House, the National Endowment for the Arts as well as a successful career in journalism, her wealth of experience on a national level will be essential in her new position as she will communicate seamlessly in both English and Spanish, a big plus in a state such as Florida,” said Acting Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts Mary Anne Carter. “We will miss her greatly.”

“This is as impressive a group of professionals in the Governor’s office as any I can remember. Working with the Governor-elect and Shane, they will accomplish great things. As a Transition Co-Chair, I have watched them come together and could not be prouder of this team,” said former United States Senator George LeMieux.

This senior staff team will begin their work together on January 9, immediately after Governor DeSantis and Lt. Governor Nuñez take their oaths of office.

Governor-elect Ron DeSantis to Tour Hurricane Recovery Efforts in Bay County and Receive Briefing at Bay County EOC

Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor-elect Ron DeSantis will visit Bay County tomorrow to assess the damage and ongoing recovery efforts related to Hurricane Michael. He will visit Springfield City Hall and Everitt Middle School followed by a briefing with legislators and county and municipality officials at the Bay County EOC to discuss Hurricane Michael recovery efforts. Following the briefing, the Governor-elect will be available to the media outside the Bay County EOC.

Event Details:

What: Tour of Damaged Areas at Springfield City Hall
Who: Governor-elect Ron DeSantis and county and city officials
When: Friday, December 14, beginning at 8:00 AM CST.
Where: Springfield City Hall
3529 East 3rd Street
Springfield, FL 32401


Event Details:

What: Tour of Damaged Areas at Everitt Middle School
Who: Governor-elect Ron DeSantis and county and city officials
When: Friday, December 14, beginning at 9:00 AM CST.
Where: Everitt Middle School
608 School Ave.
Panama City, FL 32401


Event Details:

What: Briefing on Hurricane Michael Damage & Recovery Efforts
Who: Governor-elect Ron DeSantis, legislators and county and municipality officials
When: Friday, December 14, beginning at 10:00 AM CST.
Where: Bay County EOC
700 Hwy. 2300
Southport, FL 32409

***Media availability will be held immediately following the briefing outside the Bay County EOC.

Governor-elect Ron DeSantis Announces Ken Lawson as Executive Director of the Department of Economic Opportunity & Recommends Jamal Sowell for Enterprise Florida President & CEO

Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor-elect Ron DeSantis today announced Ken Lawson will serve as Executive Director of the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO). Governor-elect DeSantis also announced he will recommend that the Enterprise Florida, Inc.’s (EFI) Board of Directors appoint Jamal Sowell as its next president and chief executive officer (CEO) for the DeSantis-Nuñez Administration.

“Ken Lawson had demonstrated his leadership ability since serving his country in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Judge Advocate General,” said Governor-elect DeSantis. “Since that time, he has brought his commitment to service home to Florida, where he has served as Secretary of DBPR and President and CEO of VISIT FLORIDA. I have no doubt Ken will continue this tradition of outstanding leadership at the Department of Economic Opportunity and help the state continue to be an economic powerhouse, bringing new businesses to Florida and creating jobs for Floridians.”

Regarding Lawson’s appointment to DEO, Governor Rick Scott said, “Ken Lawson has been a valuable member of my administration since the beginning of my first term as Governor. Under Ken’s leadership as head of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, and more recently as CEO of VISIT FLORIDA, Florida was able to create more than 1.6 million private-sector jobs while setting remarkable visitation records. I applaud Governor-elect DeSantis for choosing Ken to lead the Department of Economic Opportunity. I am confident that Ken will continue to faithfully serve our state by working every day to create jobs, so each family can succeed in Florida.”

Regarding Jamal Sowell, Governor-elect DeSantis said,

“A native Floridian, Jamal Sowell is a person of integrity who has served his country and, now, has successfully helped to lead and grow the Port of Tampa Bay – one of the largest economic engines in the region,” said Governor-elect DeSantis. “I am proud to recommend Jamal to serve as the next president and CEO of Enterprise Florida. I know he will bring his acumen to the department and will keep our state competitive and ensure our workforce has opportunities.”

Steve Swindal, Chairman of Port Tampa Bay Board of Commissioners lauded the recommendation of Jamal Sowell to EFI stating, “Jamal has served with great distinction at the Tampa Port Authority. He is a bright and talented individual who will serve the DeSantis-Nuñez Administration, and the people of Florida, well. Our organization wishes him all the best in his new role.”

Ken Lawson, Executive Director of Department of Economic Opportunity
As VISIT FLORIDA’s president and CEO, Lawson led Florida’s official destination marketing organization in partnership with its Board of Directors and the statewide tourism industry.

During Lawson’s career, he has served in numerous leadership positions for several private-sector companies and government agencies, where he balanced the needs of the private sector while protecting public resources. Prior to joining VISIT FLORIDA, he served as secretary of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation for six years, where he led a team of 1,600 employees who successfully regulated more than 1 million businesses and professions across Florida.

A native Floridian, Lawson received his bachelor’s and law degrees from Florida State University. He began his legal career in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Judge Advocate General and later served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida. In 2001, he was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as the Assistant Secretary of Enforcement for the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he was responsible for the oversight of several federal law enforcement agencies, including the U.S. Secret Service and U.S. efforts combating terrorist financing.

Lawson also served as Assistant Chief Counsel for Field Operations with the Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration. In the private sector, Lawson served as the vice president for Compliance for nFinanSe Inc., a Tampa financial services company, and consulted for Booz Allen Hamilton, for whom he served as chief of party for the Financial Crimes Prevention Project in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Jamal Sowell, President & CEO of Enterprise Florida
Sowell most recently served as Port Tampa Bay’s chief of staff, where he was responsible for coordinating the operations of the president and CEO’s office, interfacing regularly with Hillsborough County, the City of Tampa and the State of Florida on critical issues facing the port. Sowell also served as the primary liaison to the governor and state executive branch in his capacity as chief of staff.

Prior to joining Port Tampa Bay, Jamal was special assistant to the University of Florida (UF) President and assistant corporate secretary to the UF Board of Trustees. A sixth-generation Floridian, Sowell was the UF student body president and member of the UF Board of Trustees. He was awarded as UF Outstanding Male Leader, UF Hall of Fame, UF Outstanding Young Alumni Award and is currently on the UF Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Sowell also served in the U.S. Marine Corps enlisting as a Private First Class in the Reserve, and was eventually commissioned, going into active duty, completing his time as a Captain. He is a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan.

Sowell has a Masters of Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with coursework in 19th Century American Literature at Amherst College. He has a law degree from Indiana University Bloomington Maurer School of Law, where he was a Pat Tillman Scholar. During his time in Indiana, Governor Mike Pence appointed Sowell to a state board regulating health facility administrators.

Governor-elect Ron DeSantis Announces Transition Advisory Committee on Public Safety

Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor-elect Ron DeSantis and Lieutenant Governor-elect Jeanette Nuñez today announced the names of over 45 advisors who will serve on the Transition Advisory Committee on Public Safety. The committee will be chaired by KENT STERMON, COO of Total Military Management.

The committee is comprised of a diverse group of experts, including members of the law enforcement community, experts in the public safety field, members of the armed services, veterans, and school safety advocates in our state.

These individuals will advise the Transition Team as they develop their plan to implement Governor-elect DeSantis’ goal of ensuring Florida’s crime rate continues to decline and community safety continues to improve by supporting law enforcement, ensuring justice for victims and holding government institutions accountable.

Members of the Transition Advisory Committee on Public Safety include:

ALAN ABRAMOWITZ; Executive Director, Guardian ad Litem 
TIM ALBRIGHT; Retired Captain, Florida Department of Corrections
PAM ALVAREZ; President & CEO, BAYS and Former Chair, Florida Juvenile Justice Association
JEFF BELL; President, Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputies Association 
Sheriff (Ret.) SUSAN BENTON; Highlands County 
CHRISTY BRODEUR; Former Secretary, Florida’s Department of Juvenile Justice
CANDICE BROWER; Regional Counsel, Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel, 1st DCA Region
ADAM CLAMPITT; President, The District Communications Group 
LINDA COX; CEO, Cox Fire Protection 
Sheriff DARRYL DANIELS; Clay County 
BOB DAVIS; Senior Marketing and Sales Leader/National Director of Operations Business Development and Growth, Verizon
Mayor CARLOS GIMENEZ; Miami-Dade County 
Lt. Commander HECTOR DELGADO; Retired Navy SEAL and Former Law Enforcement Officer and Founder, ASR Alert Systems  
Sheriff TOMMY FORD: Bay County
Commissioner GRAHAM FOUNTAIN; Chair, Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners, District 1 
Sheriff (Ret.) EMERY GAINEY; Marion County 
STACY GROMATSKI; President & CEO, Florida Network of Youth and Family Services 
PAULA HOISINGTON; Vice President, Net Communications 
Sheriff MARK HUNTER; Columbia County and President, Florida Sheriff’s Association
Sheriff WAYNE IVEY; Brevard County 
Sheriff GRADY JUDD; Polk County  
KYLE KASHUV; Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Student
JOHN KAZANJIAN; President, Florida Police Benevolent Association 
MIKE KIRBY; Chairman, Florida Association of State Troopers 
BRYAN KOCHER; Executive Vice President of Operations, Williams Communications 
ALAN LANDMAN; Attorney, Alan H. Landman, P.A. 
DOUG LEONARDO; Chair, Florida Behavioral Health Association 
BRAD LIVINGSTON; Former CEO & CFO, Texas Department of Criminal Justice 
Commissioner ROD LOVE; Board of County Commissioners, Orange County, District 2 
MARY MARX; President & CEO, Pace Center for Girls 
BERNIE MCCABE; State Attorney, Pinellas and Pasco Counties
PATRICK MILLER; President, Invictus
Sheriff CHRIS NOCCO; Pasco County,  
Chief DAVID PERRY; President, Florida Police Chiefs Association and Chief of Police, Florida State University
NICK PETERS; Founder & Managing Director, Armed Forces Families Foundation 
RYAN PETTY; Commissioner, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
Public Safety Commission
ANDY POLLACK; School Safety Advocate and Founder, Americans for CLASS
HUNTER POLLACK; School Safety Advocate  
The Honorable JOHN RUTHERFORD; Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives and Sheriff (Ret.), Duval County
JON SALE; Attorney, Nelson Mullins
MAX SCHACHTER; Commissioner, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
Public Safety Commission
Dr. DERRICK SCHOFIELD; Executive Vice President, GEO Continuum of Care and GEO Reentry Services 
Sheriff (Ret.) BOB WHITE; Pasco County  
Sheriff MIKE WILLIAMS; Duval County  
STEVE ZONA; President, Fraternal Order of Police Jacksonville Lodge  

Governor-elect Ron DeSantis Announces Halsey Beshears as Secretary of the Department of Business & Professional Regulation

Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor-elect Ron DeSantis today announced State Representative Halsey Beshears (R-Monticello) has been chosen to lead the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) for the DeSantis-Nuñez Administration.

“Florida’s trillion-dollar economy is founded on thriving businesses—from the small mom and pop shops to the largest corporations headquartered in the Sunshine State,” said Governor-elect DeSantis. “It is vital to our state’s continued success that we streamline the way we approach business regulation and eliminate the bureaucratic barriers that stifle growth. For that reason, I am proud to announce that I have asked Representative Halsey Beshears to serve as the Secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Throughout his distinguished career, Halsey has been a champion for deregulation and, under his leadership, this agency will become the focal driver that will make Florida a premier destination for entrepreneurs and companies seeking to relocate. Halsey, a nationally recognized regulatory innovator, is the perfect choice to lead DBPR. I am more than confident that his leadership and expertise will bring jobs, economic growth, and continued success to our state.”

Jose Oliva, Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives:
“Halsey Beshears is a highly capable leader who has worked tirelessly to unlock more opportunities for Floridians by cutting unnecessary regulations that impede entrepreneurs and small-businesses,” Speaker Oliva said. “He is an excellent choice to lead DBPR and I know will he use that passion and expertise well at Florida’s key regulatory agency.”

Representative Halsey Beshears, Secretary, Department of Business & Professional Regulation
Representative Beshears is a member of the Florida House of Representatives, District 7, which includes Calhoun, Franklin, Gulf, Jefferson, Lafayette, Liberty, Madison, Taylor and Wakulla Counties as well as part of Leon County. During his time in the legislature, Representative Beshears chaired the Business and Professional Regulation Subcommittee and was most recently appointed chair of the Ways and Means Committee in the Florida House, which has oversight over DBPR. Throughout his time in the Florida House of Representatives, Representative Beshears has been a champion for deregulation, streamlining and pro-business policies.

Representative Beshears is also a noted businessman, having started and run numerous companies in North Florida, which include commercial property management, bicycle equipment and sales, and a wholesale agriculture company. Additionally, he was the chief financial officer of one of Florida’s oldest retail nurseries, leading the company to record growth and doubling its employee base. Representative Beshears holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Science from the Florida State University and a Master of Science in Entrepreneurship from the University of Florida.