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.