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November 24, 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

Jennifer Carroll

Jennifer Carroll
Jennifer Carroll, Scott's lieutenant governor, has been following Scott's economic development playbook closely. Harry Alford, president and CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, wrote in a recent issue of the Philadelphia Tribune that he received a call from Carroll shortly after she took office. He says Carroll asked him for a list, with contact information, of the largest black-owned businesses in America so she could "personally call them and convince them to move their businesses to Florida."

Gary Rutledge

Gary Rutledge
Gary Rutledge, a Tallahassee lobbyist who heads Rutledge, Ecenia & Purnell, has close ties to Scott, having served as one of HCA's lobbyists when Scott was head of the hospital company.

Jon Costello

Jon Costello, a lobbyist and governmental consultant who previously worked for Rutledge, will serve as Scott's legislative affairs director.

Chris Kise

Chris Kise
Chris Kise, who assisted Scott with agency appointments/hires and other legal matters while serving as Scott's chief lawyer during his transition, continues to advise the governor on an informal basis. The former solicitor general is a partner with Foley & Lardner law firm and previously served as an adviser to former Gov. Charlie Crist.

Bob White

Bob White
Bob White, Pasco County sheriff, chairs Scott's "law and order" transition team, serving as a top adviser to the governor on law enforcement issues

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