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Committee confirms Jeffrey Bragg as Secretary of Elder Affairs

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After a lengthy question and answer session the Senate Committee on Children, Families and Elder Affairs unanimously confirmed the appointment of Jeffrey Bragg as Florida’s Secretary of Elder Affairs Monday, an office that oversees a quarter of Florida’s 20 million residents.

Last year Bragg was rejected as the state’s insurance commissioner, was peppered with questions by the committee, but overall, the committee supported his appointment by Gov. Rick Scott.

From Palm Harbor in Pinellas County, Bragg, 67, ran the nation’s terrorism risk insurance program from 2003 until 2014, when he retired. He worked under the Reagan Administration in the 1980s, serving in the Federal Emergency Management Agency where he was the administrator for the national flood insurance program.

Between those appointments, Bragg worked in the private sector, including as a senior vice president for Zurich Risk Management from 2001 to 2003 and later for IMSG as its executive vice president in St. Petersburg from 1997 to 2000.

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Les Neuhaus is an all-platform journalist, with specialties in print reporting and writing. In addition to Florida Politics, he freelances as a general-assignment and breaking-news reporter for most of the major national daily newspapers, along with a host of digital media, and a human rights group. A former foreign correspondent across Africa and Asia, including the Middle East, Les covered a multitude of high-profile events in chronically-unstable nations. He’s a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, in which he served as a Security Policeman, and graduated from the University of Tennessee with a B.A. in political science. He is a proud father to his daughter and enjoys spending time with his family.

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