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.