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November 25, 2015

Key Advisers

Scott's Inner Circle

Florida's new governor is drafting heavily from the private sector -- and from outside the state -- as he makes key appointments.

Amy Keller | 3/1/2011

Enu Mainigi

Enu Mainigi
Mainigi, a partner with the Washington law firm Williams & Connolly specializing in healthcare litigation, is a longtime friend and confidante of the governor. She is his closest legal adviser. Their relationship dates back to 1997, when Mainigi served as Scott's lawyer after a Medicare fraud scandal led to his resignation from Columbia/HCA. Mainigi, who has been serving as Scott's transition chair, also has advised Scott in his formation of Solantic, a walk-in clinic company.

Mike Prendergast

Mike Prendergast
Prendergast, an Apollo Beach Republican and a retired Army colonel who failed in his bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Tampa) last fall, heads up Scott's administrative team as chief of staff.

William "Bill" Rubin

William Rubin
William "Bill" Rubin, a Fort Lauderdale lobbyist and lifelong Democrat who once worked for former Cabinet members Robert Shevin and Bill Gunter, is a good friend of the governor's, having known Scott since the early 1990s. In 2009, Rubin's lobbying firm represented Solantic, the walk-in clinic company co-founded by Scott. The Rubin Group's other clients include pari-mutuels, various Florida cities and the Boca Raton-based GEO Group, a private prison operator.

Hayden Dempsey

Hayden Dempsey
Hayden Dempsey, a Tallahassee lobbyist with the Greenberg Traurig law firm, takes over as Scott's special counsel and will shepherd Scott's legislative agenda. He previously served as legislative affairs director for Gov. Jeb Bush.

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