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 Transition Advisory Committee on Health and Wellness

Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor-elect Ron DeSantis and Lieutenant Governor-elect Jeanette Nuñez today announced the names of over 50 advisors who will serve on the Transition Advisory Committee on Health and Wellness. The committee will be chaired by Lieutenant Governor-elect Jeanette Nuñez and co-chaired by Alan Levine, former Secretary of Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration.

The committee is comprised of a diverse group of health care experts from a variety of different medical fields, as well as health care providers, addiction counselors and mental health professionals, in addition to current and former leaders of Florida’s health care system.

These individuals will advise the Transition Team as they develop their plan to implement Governor-elect DeSantis’ vision of empowering patients and expanding provider reach, fighting addiction and mental health problems and protecting Florida’s most vulnerable populations while lowering costs and respecting taxpayers’ money.

Members of the Transition Advisory Committee on Health and Wellness include:

Dr. MICHAEL ALESSANDRI; Executive Director for Autism and Related Diseases

MARIA ALONSO; COO, Citrus Health Network

BRYAN ANDERSON; VP of Government Affairs, HCA Healthcare

Dr. JOSE ‘PEPE’ ARMAS; Founder, Chairman & CEO, MCCI Medical Group

GABRIELLE BARGERSTOCK; Florida Executive Director, Nurse-Family Partnership

ANN BARNHART; CEO, Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center

JASON BARRETT; CEO, Flagler Hospital

Dr. SAMIRA BECKWITH; President & CEO, Hope Healthcare

ABIGAIL BEEBE; Chair, Executive Council of The Florida Bar Family Law Section

CHARLES BENDER; Founding CEO & Board Member, Place of Hope

THAD BESHEARS; Co-Owner & COO, Simpson Nurseries

Dr. ANDY BOROM; Orthopedic Surgeon, Tallahassee Orthopedic Clinic

TARREN BRAGDON; President & CEO, Foundation for Government Accountability

The Honorable JASON BRODEUR; former Chairman, Florida House of Representatives Health and Human Services Committee

AUDREY BROWN; President & CEO, Florida Association of Health Plans

NANCY BRYAN; President & CEO, BioFlorida

RICKY CAPLIN; CEO, HCI Group

Dr. CHRISTOPHER CARD; Chief of Community-Based Care, Eckerd Connects

GLEN CASEL; CEO, Community Based Care of Central Florida

GLEN FEINGOLD; Executive Vice President & COO, MCNA Dental

AURELIO FERNANDEZ; President & CEO, Memorial Healthcare System

Dr. EDWARD FIDALGO; OB/GYN, South Miami Hospital and Mercy Hospital

The Honorable RENÉ GARCÍA; Executive Vice President, New Century Partnership

Dr. VIKRAM GOPAL; Physician, Borland Groover

JIM HILL; President, Florida Juvenile Justice Association

NELSON HINCAPIE; President & CEO, Voices for Children Foundation

ROY H HINMAN II, M.D., Colonel, US Army (Ret.)

SCOTT HOWELL; Vice President of Internal & External Affairs, Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence

ROSLIND HUDSON; Divisional Vice President, Behavioral Health Division, Universal Health Services

CHRIS JACOBS; Founder & CEO, Juniper Research Group

EDWARD JIMENEZ; CEO, University of Florida Health Shands

Dr. STEVEN JOHNSON; President & CEO, Health First

KURT KELLY; CEO, Florida Coalition for Children

Dr. DAVID KENIGSBERG; President, Broward County Medical Association

Dr. NARENDRA KINI; CEO, Nicklaus Children’s Health System

NICOLE de LARA PUENTE; CEO, Live Like Bella Childhood Cancer Foundation

Dr. KEN LAWSON; Owner & Optometrist, Bayshore Eye Care

BEN LEON; CEO, Leon Medical Centers

REBECCA MATTHEWS; CEO, Florida Healthy Kids

DAVID R. MAYMON; Founder, Advocate Home Care

GRACI McGILLICUDDY; Chair, Board of Directors, All Star Children’s Foundation

CARLOS MIGOYA; President & CEO, Jackson Health System

JOSEPH MITCHELL; CEO, Summit Care and Member, American Health Care Association Board of Governors

JOE MULLANY; Regional President & CEO, Bayfront Health

DEB OBERMAN; Vice President Public Affairs, Humana

Dr. EDUARDO OTERO; Regional Vice President, South Region, Florida Market, MEDNAX Pediatrix Medical Group

Dr. JASON PIROZZOLO; Director of Sports Medicine and Trauma, Orlando Hand Surgery Associates

Dr. JIM RUBENSTEIN; Co-Founder & Radiation Oncologist, 21st Century Oncology

SUZANNE SEWELL; President & CEO, Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities

Dr. DAVID SHAPIRO; Board Member, Florida Society of Ambulatory Surgery Centers

ANDREW SMITH; Senior Vice President of External Affairs, Surterra Wellness

TIM STAPLETON; CEO, Florida Medical Association

ROGER STEVENS; CEO, Westminster Communities of Florida

JENNIFER UNGRU; Corporate Affairs Advisor, Jones Walker

MARY LYNN EDWARDS ULREY; CEO, DACCO Behavioral Health

MIKE WATKINS; CEO, Big Bend Community Based Care

Dr. ZACH ZACHARIAH; President, Fort Lauderdale Heart Institute

Governor-elect Ron DeSantis Announces Melinda Miguel as Chief Inspector General

Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor-elect Ron DeSantis today announced that Melinda Miguel has been selected to serve as the Chief Inspector General for the DeSantis-Nuñez Administration.

“Accountability and transparency are critically important to me and are key components to running state government efficiently and fairly,” said Governor-elect DeSantis. “I have asked Melinda Miguel, who is highly respected and who I know will hold our state government to the highest of standards, to serve as Chief Inspector General for our administration. Having previously served in the inspector general role, Melinda knows best practices and has the professional auditing and investigative skills needed to ensure Florida is running smoothly and operating with the highest degree of integrity.”

Melinda Miguel, Chief Inspector General
Since 2000, Miguel has served as an inspector general in multiple capacities, including inspector general at the Government Publishing Office, deputy inspector general at the Architect of the Capitol, chief inspector general of the State of Florida under two Governors, and inspector general of the Florida State Board of Administration, Florida Attorney General’s Office, Florida Department of Education and the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. Miguel is a certified inspector general, certified financial services auditor, certified business manager, certified internal controls auditor, certified cybercrimes investigator, certified construction auditor, certified Florida contract manager, and a certified project management professional. She also was previously a certified government financial manager and certified fraud examiner.

In addition to her various inspector general roles, Miguel has served as the bureau chief of Auditing and Tax Collection for the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco for the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, supervisory investigator and auditor in the Office of Inspector General for the Florida Lottery, audit committee member and chair for the State Board of Administration, senior vice president at-large for the National Executive Committee of the Association of Government Accountants, past regional vice president for the Gulf Coast Region of the Association of Government Accountants, director-at-large and education committee chair for the Tallahassee Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants and member of their National Partnership Steering Committee, advisor to the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators, past national president and member of the National Executive Committee, chair of the Legislative Issues Committee and member of the Professional Standards Committee of the Association of Inspectors General, past chair of the Florida Audit Forum, past president of the Tallahassee Chapter of the Institute for Internal Auditors, and president of the Tallahassee Chapter of the Federal Bureau of Investigations Citizens Academy Alumni Association. Miguel holds a Master’s Certificate in Local Government Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Florida State University.

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Governor-elect Ron DeSantis Announces Transition Advisory Committee on Education and Workforce Development

Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor-elect Ron DeSantis and Lieutenant Governor-elect Jeanette Nuñez today announced the names of over 40 advisors who will serve on the Transition Advisory Committee on Education and Workforce Development that will be co-chaired by State Board of Education Chair, MARVA JOHNSON and University of Florida Board of Trustees member, MORI HOSSEINI.

The committee is comprised of a diverse group of education experts, including traditional K-12 public school system leaders, education advocates, elected school board members, academics and current and former leaders of Florida’s higher education system.

These individuals will advise the Transition Team as they develop a plan to implement Governor-elect DeSantis’ vision of ensuring that every student in Florida has the chance to get a world-class education and develop the skills they need to get a great job and pursue their dream.

Members of the Transition Advisory Committee on Education and Workforce Development include:

Dr. ELIZABETH M. BÉJAR; Vice President for Academic Affairs, Florida International University

Dr. DESMOND BLACKBURN; CEO, New Teacher Center

EMILY BOUCK; Policy & Advocacy Director, Higher Learning Advocates

EDWARD E. BURR; President & CEO, GreenPointe Holdings

MANDY CLARK; Executive Director, IMPACT Florida

The Honorable BOB CORTES; Former Representative, Florida House of Representatives

BRENDA DICKINSON; President, Home Education Foundation

The Honorable ERIKA DONALDS; Former Board Member, Collier County School Board

AUBREY EDGE; President & CEO, First Coast Energy

T. WILLARD FAIR; President & CEO, Urban League of Greater Miami

Dr. ANGELA GARCIA FALCONETTI; President, Polk State College

Dr. ALVIN S. FELZENBERG; Presidential Historian & Lecturer, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania

BRUCE FERGUSON; President & CEO, CareerSource Northeast Florida

KEITH FLAUGH; Managing Director, Florida Citizens Alliance

The Honorable DON GAETZ; Former President, Florida Senate

ROBERT HAAG; President & CEO, Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools

JONATHAN HAGE; CEO, Charter Schools USA

GREG HAILE; President, Broward College

BILL HEAVENER; Chairman, University of Florida Board of Trustees

WARREN HUDSON; President, Lake Highland Preparatory School

RUSSELL HUGHES; Superintendent, Walton County School District

Dr. ALLAN I. JACOB; Chairman & Chief Medical Officer, Physicians Dialysis

MIMI JANKOVITS; Executive Director, Teach Florida

JOHN KIRTLEY; Founder and Chairman, Step Up for Students

EUGENE LAMB; Board of Trustees, Tallahassee Community College

LYNN LAYTON; Executive Director, Monique Burr Foundation for Children

CRAIG MATEER; Founder & CEO, Bags, Inc.

Dr. KIM MCDOUGAL; Former Chief of Staff, Governor Rick Scott and Education Policy Expert

Dr. EDWARD MEADOWS; President, Pensacola State College

CONNIE MILITO; Chief Government Relations Officer, Hillsborough County Public Schools

KELI MONDELLO; Co-Founder & Board Chairman, LiFT Academy

STEVE MOORE; President, The Vestcor Companies, Inc.

Dr. ED MOORE; President, Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida

The Honorable LUBBY NAVARRO; School Board Member, Miami-Dade County

LYNN NORMAN-TECK; Executive Director, Florida Charter School Alliance

Dr. MADELINE PUMARIEGA; Former Chancellor, Florida College System

RANDLE RICHARDSON; CEO, Accelerated Learning Solutions

LYN STANFIELD; Strategic Relations Manager, Apple

Rev. RICK STEVENS; Managing Director, Florida Citizens Alliance

The Honorable JOHN THRASHER; President, Florida State University

ANDY TUCK; Vice Chairman, Florida State Board of Education

FERNANDO ZULUETA; President, Academica Corporation

Governor-elect Ron DeSantis Announces Transition Advisory Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture

Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor-elect Ron DeSantis and Lieutenant Governor-elect Jeanette Nuñez today announced the names of over 40 advisors who will serve on the Transition Advisory Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture. The list is comprised of policy experts, state leaders and executives who will advise the administration and help shape the future of Florida’s policies to restore and protect our state’s unique environment, natural resources and agriculture industry.

The Transition Advisory Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture will be chaired by Congressman BRIAN MAST. Upon being selected as chairman of the Transition Advisory Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture, Mast made the following statement:

“I look forward to working with Governor-elect DeSantis again, as we did in Congress, to protect Florida’s natural environment. We will work tirelessly to help start his administration off on the right foot.”

 

Members of the Transition Advisory Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture include:

BOB BAILEY; President of Facilities & Urban Environments Market, CH2M HILL Companies, Ltd.

ERNIE BARNETT; Executive Director, Florida Land Council and Principal, Water and Land Advisors, Inc.

MIKE BEALE; CEO, Bishop, Beale, Duncan

RON BERGERON; Founder & CEO, Bergeron Family of Companies

KEN BRYAN; State Director, Florida Field Office, Rails to Trails Conservancy

TOM CABRERIZO; CEO, CFH Group

BRITTANY PERKINS CASTILLO; CEO, Ashbritt Environmental

TRACY DUDA CHAPMAN; Senior Vice President, Chief Legal and Administrative Officer, General Counsel, A. Duda & Sons

ERNIE COX; President, Family Lands Remembered, LLC and Director, Florida Earth Foundation

The Honorable STEVE CRISAFULLI; Former Speaker, Florida House of Representatives

RON EDWARDS; President & CEO, Evans Properties, Inc.

ERIK EIKENBERG; CEO, Everglades Foundation

ANTHONY FARHAT; President, PGI Homes LLC

ROGER GERMANN; President & CEO, Florida Aquarium

MARYAM GHYABI-WHITE; Vice President of Florida Operations, Alfred Benesch & Co.

MATT GRIFFIN; East Coast Sales & Product Development, United Genetics Seeds Co.

ALEX JOHNS; President, Florida Cattleman’s Association and Natural Resources Director, Seminole Tribe

MATT JORDAN; General Manager, Tampa Bay Water

JOSH KELLAM; Commissioner, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and President of the Florida Division, ESG Enterprises

STEVE KELLY; Manager, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company

MICHAEL KENNEDY; President, Ranger Construction Industries, Inc. and Director, Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County

CURT KISER; Commissioner, Public Employee Relations Commission

GASTON MARQUEVICH; Founder & CEO, Optimum Agriculture

JOHN MIKLOS; President, Bio-Tech Consulting, Inc.

TEMPERINCE MORGAN; Executive Director, The Nature Conservancy

The Honorable JOE NEGRON; Former President, Florida Senate

DAN O’KEEFE; Partner, Shutts & Bowen, LLP and Board Member, East Central Florida Regional Planning Council

MAURICE PEARSON; Vice President, Senior Scientist, MSE Group

The Honorable JAKE RABURN; Former Representative, Florida House of Representatives

DAN RICHEY; President & CEO, Riverfront Packing Company

BO RIVARD; Commissioner, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Partner, Harrison, Rivard, Duncan & Buzzett

SCOTT SHEPHERD; Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer, Guest Services, Inc.

MICHAEL SOLE; Vice President, Environmental Services, NextEra Energy

JIM SPRATT; Owner, Magnolia Strategies LLC

EILEEN STUART; Shareholder, Hopping Green & Sams

JIM SWANN; Vice Chair, Eckerd Connects

BEN TAUBE; Managing Director, Policy and Legislative Affairs, Ygrene Energy Fund

NOAH VALENSTEIN; Secretary, Florida Department of Environmental Protection

KEITH WOLD; Attorney, Private Investor

Governor-elect Ron DeSantis Announces Transition Advisory Committee on the Economy

Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor-elect Ron DeSantis today announced the names of more than 45 advisors who will serve on his Transition Advisory Committee on the Economy. The list is comprised of some of Florida’s most recognized experts who will help the Governor-elect shape the future of Florida’s economy for years to come and build on the economic success Florida has seen under Governor Scott.

The Transition Advisory Committee on the Economy will be chaired by former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives and Managing Partner of Weatherford Capital, WILL WEATHERFORD.

Other members of the Transition Advisory Committee on the Economy include:

MAUREEN ADAMS; President and General Manager, Calder Casino and Race Course
KUMAR ALLADY; Founder & CEO, Radise International
MAX ALVAREZ; Owner, Founder & President, Sunshine Gasoline Distributors
JOE ANDERSON; President, Anderson Columbia
The Honorable LOCKE BURT; Chairman and President, Security First
TOM BARRY; Senior Vice President, Atkins
The Honorable ALLAN BENSE; President, Partner, GAC Contractors
MATT CONNELL; Co-Founder & CEO, Total Military Management
CHRIS CORR; Senior Vice President, Real Estate, Public Affairs and President of Raydient, Rayonier
DANIEL DAVIS; President & CEO, JAX Chamber
SUSAN FERNANDEZ; Director of Corporate Communications and Government Relations, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas
BOB FLOWERS; President, CW Roberts Contracting
BRIAN FORD; COO, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
BLAKE GABLE; CEO, Barron Collier Companies
DANNY GAEKWAD; Founder & CEO, NDS USA and Founder, Danny G Hospitality Management
ERIC GREEN; CEO, JAXPORT
TONY GRIPPA; Former Senior Vice President, Brown and Brown
JOHN HAMLIN; President, Hamlin and Associates
STEVE HERRIG; CEO, SUNZ Insurance
CHUCK HINSON; Vice President State and Community Relations, TECO Energy
ERIC HOLM; Owner, Golden Corral
Capt. KEITH HOSKINS, USN (Ret); West District General Manager, Gulf Power
Commissioner RON HOWSE; President, Real Deal Development Group
MANNY KADRE; Chairman & CEO, MBB Auto, and Director, Home Depot
BENNY KLEPACH; Founder, Chairman & CEO, DFASS Group
DAVID KULIK; Retired former CEO, CEVA Logistics
TOM KUNTZ; Former CEO, SunTrust Banks, Florida
ROBERT “BOB” LLOYD; Executive Vice President, Brown and Brown
The Honorable LOCKE BURT; Chairman and President, Security First
JOE LOPANO; CEO, Tampa International Airport
RICK MURRELL; CEO, Tropical Shipping
YOLANDA NADER; CEO, Dosal Tobacco Corporation
LAUREN OAKLEY SCHWENK; Co-Owner, Cassidy Development and Homes
ANANTH PRASAD; President-Designate, Florida Transportation Builders Association
JOHN RITENOUR; Co-Founder and Chairman, Insurance Office of America
Fmr. Amb. JOHN ROOD; Chairman, The Vestcor Companies
JOEL SCHLEICHER; Executive Chairman and Founder, Focal Point Data Risk
ERIC SILAGY; President and CEO, Florida Power and Light
RICK SONTAG; President, Spring Bay Ventures
JAMAL SOWELL; Chief of Staff, Port Tampa Bay
BILL SPIVEY; Executive Director, Florida Development Finance Corporation
Capt. SAM STEPHENSON; President, Florida Harbor Pilots Association
JEREMY SUSAC; Vice President of Government Affairs, Lennar Homes and SunStreet
JEFF VINIK; Owner, Tampa Bay Lightning and Owner, Strategic Property Partners
BOB WARD; President and CEO, Florida Council of 100
LENNY WOLFE; Owner, Cornerstone Group
JOE YORK; President, AT&T Florida, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands

What They’re Saying: Shane Strum Tapped as Chief of Staff to the Governor

Leading Florida Republicans praise selection of Shane Strum as Chief of Staff to the Governor

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Governor-elect Ron DeSantis announced hiring former Broward Republican Chairman Shane Strum as Chief of Staff to the Governor. Strum, who served as a transition advisor to Governor Rick Scott and as chief of staff to Governor Charlie Crist, will begin his service to Governor-elect DeSantis and the State of Florida on January 8, 2019.

Following the announcement, leading Florida Republicans praised the selection. Here’s what they had to say:

“Shane Strum is the perfect choice to serve as Chief of Staff. His management expertise in business, education, health care and government will accelerate Governor-elect DeSantis’ bold vision for Florida’s future. From the Republican Party to the private sector, Shane has succeeded in every job he has had. He’ll be ready on day one.”
Congressman Matt Gaetz

“Beyond the fact that Shane Strum is a good man, he is an experienced and capable manager with deep knowledge of state government. His selection ensures that the Governor-elect can hit the ground running.”
Former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives Richard Corcoran

“To put it in baseball terms, this pick is a grand slam. Shane Strum is a dedicated public servant who is smart and knows how to get things done. Plus, it’s cool that a past Broward County Republican Executive Committee Chair is now helping to implement Governor-elect DeSantis’ conservative agenda for a better Florida.”
Republican Party of Florida Chairman Blaise Ingoglia

“Shane Strum is a fine leader and knows the process as well as anybody in the state. I was privileged to work with him as Senator-elect Scott transitioned into the Governor’s office in 2010 and saw just how effective he was. I know he will bring his policy expertise, management skills and love for the state to the Governor’s office and will serve Governor-elect DeSantis with excellence.”
Susie Wiles, DeSantis Campaign Chair and Transition Executive Director

Governor-elect Ron DeSantis Visits Jewish Day School in Broward County

DeSantis was in South Florida to Finalize Hiring Shane Strum as Chief of Staff to the Governor

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – During a tour and roundtable event today at the Leon and Leona Brauser Maimonides Academy (BMA), Governor-elect Ron DeSantis discussed the importance of continuing to support and stand with Florida’s Jewish community and asked the legislature to consider making funding for hardening security for at-risk non-public schools recurring in the state budget. BMA has previously received state grants for security hardening to help protect its students and faculty amid an increase in anti-Semitic threats. DeSantis also criticized Airbnb for taking “steps against Israel” with recent business decisions that have been hailed as a victory for the anti-Semitic “Boycott, Divest, Sanctions” movement. The Governor-elect warned the company that if it continues, Florida will look to take steps against them.
Governor-elect DeSantis also highlighted his support for Florida’s school choice scholarship programs, including the Florida Tax-Credit Scholarship Program which covers tuition for about 80 students at BMA.
DeSantis was in Broward to finalize hiring former Broward Republican Chairman Shane Strum as Chief of Staff to the Governor. Strum, who currently serves as senior vice president of the Memorial Healthcare System in Hollywood, Fla., will begin his service to Governor-elect DeSantis and the State of Florida on January 8, 2019.
Prior to joining Memorial Healthcare System, Strum was vice chancellor of business development for Keiser University. Strum’s career also includes serving as a transition advisor to Governor Rick Scott from January to February 2011 and serving as chief of staff to Governor Charlie Crist from October 2009 to January 2011. Additionally, Strum served as a member and chair of the South Broward Hospital District Board of Commissioners from 2001 to 2009.
“I am very pleased to announce that Shane is returning to public service and bringing his expertise to our administration,” said Governor-elect DeSantis. “Having spent many years in both the private and public sector, and previously serving two Florida Governors, Shane will be a great addition to our team.”
Strum earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Alabama and a master’s degree in business administration from Nova Southeastern University.

Governor-elect Ron DeSantis & Incoming First Lady Casey DeSantis Prepare Thanksgiving Meals at Trinity Rescue Mission

Jacksonville, Fla. – Governor-elect Ron DeSantis and Incoming First Lady Casey DeSantis visited Trinity Rescue Mission in Jacksonville this morning to help prepare Thanksgiving meals for the community.

The Governor-elect and Incoming First Lady also served lunch and read a Thanksgiving story to the children at Trinity Rescue Mission’s Women and Children’s Center, the only faith-based residential recovery program in Jacksonville, offering long-term, comprehensive service to women and children.

Below are photos from this morning’s visit to Trinity Rescue Mission:

Governor-elect Ron DeSantis Releases Statement Following Recount Results of the Florida Gubernatorial Election

Tallahassee, Fla. – Following the recount results of the Florida Gubernatorial election reported today, Governor-elect Ron DeSantis released the following statement:

“This afternoon, the Secretary of State received the results of the machine recount from the Florida governor’s race.  Those returns remain clear and unambiguous, just as they were on election night, and at every point throughout this process.  I remain humbled by your support and the great honor the people of Florida have shown me as I prepare to serve as your next governor.

“Campaigns are meant to be vigorously debated contests of ideas and competing visions for the future.  The campaign for governor achieved this objective as evidenced by historic voter turnout from people of all parties across our state.

“But campaigns of ideas must give way to governing and bringing people together to secure Florida’s future.  With the campaign now over, that’s where all of my focus will be.

“And, to this end, I invite Mayor Gillum to join me in the days ahead in a conversation about the future of our great state.  We have both traveled the state and met Floridians from all walks of life.  Sharing these experiences will, I believe, help us unite our state and build toward unity on behalf of the people of Florida.

“In the weeks ahead, we will keep recruiting the best and brightest who want to work to keep Florida on a path of prosperity and opportunity for all. May God bless our great State of Florida.”