2017 REAGAN DAY DINNER -Safety Harbor Spa
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Keynote Speaker Jimmy Patronis
Florida Chief Financial Officer
Jimmy Patronis is a native Floridian born and raised in Panama City. He is a partner in a family-owned seafood restaurant. His public service career began with experience as an intern in the Florida Senate and the United Kingdom’s House of Commons. Following his college graduation, Governor Lawton Chiles appointed him to the Florida Elections Commission, and he was later reappointed by Governor Jeb Bush. He served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2006 to 2014, representing his hometown region in the Florida Panhandle. He was appointed to serve on Florid’s Public Service Commission, which meets once every 20 years to propose changes to the state constitution. He and wife Katie have two sons, Jimmy III and John Michael.
Featured Speaker U.S. Congressman Dennis Ross
Florida’s 15th District
Dennis A. Ross was born in Lakeland, Florida where he met his wife, Cindy, in high school. He received his undergraduate degree from Auburn University and his law degree from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. Dennis worked as an Associate for Holland & Knight before serving as in-house counsel for Walt Disney World. In October of 1989, he started his own law practice but had to divest himself when he became a member of Congress.
In 2000, Dennis ran for the State House of Representatives and was elected by an overwhelming majority. Throughout his 8-year term in the Florida House of Representatives, Dennis distinguished himself as a strong proponent of conservative principles and was well respected by members of both parties. In 2007, Dennis, along with Rep. Don Brown, were the only two legislators to vote against the property insurance bill that made Citizens the largest property insurer in Florida.
In 2010, Dennis was elected to the United States House of Representatives. He was selected as Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform (OGR) Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service, and Labor Policy. As a fourth-term U.S. Congressman, he serves as a Senior Deputy Majority Whip and on the Committees of Financial Services and Oversight and Government Reform.
Dennis and Cindy have two children, Shane and Travis. Together the family believes that community service, regardless of how it is performed, is one of the most responsible acts a person can give to his or her fellow man.