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Personal History

  • Native of Crescent City, Florida
  • Resident of Palatka. He is the father of three children
  • Graduate of Wofford College, B.A., Magna Cum Laude
  • Graduate of the University of Florida College of Law, J.D.
  • Member and Elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Palatka

Career Achievements

  • President of SJR State - 2008
  • District 21 Florida House of Representatives 2000 - 2008
  • Chairman of the House Education Appropriations Committee
  • Chairman of the House Schools and Learning Council
  • General counsel for the North East Florida Educational Consortium
  • Attorney for the Putnam County School Board

Recent Achievements and Community Involvement

  • Vice-chair of Southern Regional Education Board 2014,2015
  • Member of Keep Florida Learning Committee 2015
  • Exemplary CEO/Board, American Association of Community Colleges 2013
  • Chairman, Putnam County Chamber of Commerce 2013
  • Chair, Florida Council of Presidents 2012-2013
  • Governing Board State Representative for the Advisory Committee on College Readiness
  • Chair of the Florida Council of Presidents Policy and Advocacy Committee
  • Florida School Boards Association Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Palatka and Keystone Rotary Club, Paul Harris Fellow
  • Florida Association of District School Superintendents, Legislator of the Year, 2004-2006
  • Florida Chamber of Commerce, A Honor Roll, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
  • Florida School Boards Association, Legislator of the Year, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
  • YMCAs of Florida, Outstanding Leadership Award, 2006
  • Associated Industries of Florida, Champion for Business Award, 2005
  • Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida, Liberty Bell Award, 2005

Legislative Highlights

  • House Sponsor of Senate Bill 1908 - College and Career Readiness
  • Developed and led passage of 100% funding for Bright Futures Medallion recipients attending Community Colleges