[UPDATE] 6-24 3pm - TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Following today’s announcement by the Governor’s Office and the Senate President’s Office regarding their new chief of staff selections, Senate Majority Leader Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, shared his support for what he calls wise selections in leadership. Political communications maverick Steve MacNamara was selected as Governor Scott’s new chief of staff, while Craig Meyer, Senate Budget Committee director, was tapped to replace MacNamara as new chief of staff for the Florida Senate.
“President Haridopolos wasted no time selecting a qualified individual to fulfill such an important role,” said Gardiner. “The Senate will be well-served by Craig’s extensive experience. He proved his leadership and worth during one of the most difficult budget years in Florida’s history. His guidance is invaluable, and I look forward to working with him more closely as we approach the 2012 Regular Session. If anyone can hit the ground running in the Senate President’s Office, it’s Craig.”
Meyer, a 25-year veteran to state government, has served in many leadership capacities throughout the legislative and executive branches. Among his previous roles, he served as chief of staff to former Senate President Bob Crawford, chief of staff in the State Comptroller’s Office and deputy commissioner in the Department of Agriculture. He will continue to serve as Senate Budget Committee director.
“Steve MacNamara is known for his ability to make tough and wise decisions,” added Gardiner. “There is no question about why the Governor tapped him to lead his staff. I congratulate Steve on his new post and am grateful that the Florida Senate was able to benefit from his leadership this past session.”
MacNamara has also served as chief of staff under former House Speaker John Thrasher and as secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation under Governor Bob Martinez. MacNamara and Meyer begin their new positions July 5.
Tallahassee, Fla. – June 24, 2011 -
Continuing his quest to turn Florida’s economy around and make the state number one for job creation, Governor Rick Scott today named Professor Stephen R. MacNamara as his new Chief of Staff.
“My goal is to make Florida the number one state in the country for job creation, and I believe Steve MacNamara is the best choice to direct my team in that endeavor,” said Governor Scott. “His experience and political skill will be an asset to all Floridians as we continue to position Florida as an economic leader.”
Prior to joining the administration, Steve served as Chief of Staff and General Counsel to Senate President Mike Haridopolos, and also served as Chief of Staff for former House Speaker John Thrasher. Under Governor Bob Martinez, Steve served as Secretary the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
Outside of state government, Steve served as the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Florida State University, and past Executive Director of both the Claude Pepper Center and the Claude Pepper Foundation, and the LeRoy Collins Center for Public Policy. He most recently was an Associate Professor of Communication and specialized in mass media law, political communication, and strategy.
Steve will take over as Chief of Staff on July 5th, and assume responsibility for policy, communications and administrative functions with the Executive Office of the Governor.