Gov. Scott taps Florida political veteran Stephen MacNamara as Chief of Staff

6/24/2011 Tallahassee, Fla. – 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.

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