Governor Rick Scott Returns Experienced Hand Kurt Browning to Department of State

Jan 15th 2011; Tallahassee, Fla. Recognizing an impressive record of efficiency and integrity, Governor Rick Scott today appointed Kurt Browning to serve again as Florida’s Secretary of State. Browning, with nearly 35 years of elections experience, returns to lead the Department of State where he served with distinction and developed a well earned reputation for orderly, fair and error free elections. He first began working in a Supervisor of Elections office in 1975 and served as Supervisor of Elections from 1980 – 2006, will return to the post he previously held for three and a half years. During his vast career as an elections supervisor and voting expert, he earned high praise for his work as an engaged, hands-on leader. Under Secretary Browning’s leadership, Florida moved successfully from touchscreen voting to a paper based optical scan system setting a new standard for elections in Florida.

“Kurt Browning has an unmatched ability to manage and coordinate the efforts of Florida’s 67 independently elected Supervisors and to work with them to ensure Florida’s elections are a model of fairness and integrity, ” said Governor Scott. “I am grateful he will return to lead the Department and continue his exemplary public service.”

Scott said Browning, who will also serve as the state’s chief cultural officer, will also oversee the Florida Division of Corporations.

“Kurt shares my belief that bureaucratic red tape on Florida’s business community needs to stop.

Our priority in the Department should be and continues to be serving Florida’s businesses.”

Secretary Browning brought online filing to the Division of Corporations, eliminating paper records and providing greater access to corporate information while saving state taxpayer dollars.

About Kurt Browning:

Browning brings more than 35 years of elections experience to the Department of State, including three and a half years as the Secretary of State.

Prior to serving as Florida’s 29th Secretary of State, Browning served as Pasco County’s Supervisor of Elections, where he was elected in 1980 and reelected six times.

As a native Floridian, Browning has received his BA and Master in Public Administration degrees from the University of South Florida.

He has been active in his community by serving on various boards including school advisory committees, Premier Healthcare Board of Directors and the Gulf Ridge Council Boy Scouts of America.

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