Meet Anthony Glover – one of the “30 under 30″ rising stars in Florida politics

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Tony Glover, a 29-year-old attorney and current government relations manager for Mosaic, grew up around the world with his Air Force family but has a love for Florida that even state natives could envy. “Everybody should live here,” Tony writes,” But I am glad the rest of the country hasn’t caught on yet.”

Tony began college at Florida A&M assuming he would pursue a career in history education but “was quickly distracted by Tallahassee’s political scene” and the excitement surrounding the Bush-Brogan re-election campaign. He interned, volunteered, and served as president of the College Republicans.  “I can say this: leading the College Republicans at FAMU builds a lot of character,” Tony reports.  And character, he has.

Tony’s first political job was as a staff assistant in Gov. Bush’s office. He was one of the first staffers hired on the Crist gubernatorial campaign, and went on to be special assistant to the Secretary of the Department of Children and Families.  He left for law school at Washington & Lee, practiced commercial litigation with Carlton Fields in Tampa, and was ultimately brought back into the scene by Mosaic where he just completed his first legislative session on their public affairs team, loves his job, and hopes to work with them “indefinitely.”

Tony admires leaders who are willing to sometimes ignore their consultants and the polls to pursue good government; and credits Sara Struhs for giving him his first paying job in the process.

Latest tweet from @TonyGloverFLA: “RT @RattlerNews: Detroit Lions nab #FAMU‘s Brandon Hepburn; Padric Scott signs free-agent deal with Arizona”

I am 29 years old.

I moved to Tallahassee over a decade ago to attend Florida A&M University, and now live less than a mile from my original address. My father was an Air Force officer, so I grew up in Virginia, Florida, Italy, Illinois, North Carolina, and Belgium. I feel like I’ve traveled enough already – I rarely leave downtown Tallahassee now. 

Spending three years at the Washington & Lee University School of Law in rural Virginia made me realize how much I love Florida. Everybody should live here, but I am glad the rest of the country hasn’t caught on yet.

I entered politics because I got completely swept up in the excitement surrounding the Bush-Brogan re-election campaign, which was in full swing when I arrived on campus. I decided to try to make a career out of it after volunteering and interning on a few more campaigns. 

One principle I always put above politics is… The ethic of reciprocity is both overstated and underused, but one really should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself. This one principle is taught by all of the world’s major faiths and most decent elementary teachers, but it still isn’t followed enough. 

Person or people who gave me my first shot: Sara Struhs gave me my first paying job in the political process during her tenure in Governor Bush’s office, and she remains a great mentor. I would be remiss if I didn’t also shout out Russ Cyphers from then-Sen. Bill Posey’s office and the entire Bush-Cheney ’04 team – I really learned a lot as an intern with them. Morlan Warner-Harrell was the College Republican National Committee field staffer who had the nerve to show up at Florida A&M during my freshman year, and without her support I may not have gotten involved at all. 

I’ve already worked for/on: After working as a staff assistant in Governor Bush’s office from 2004 to 2006, I was one of the first 5 or 6 staffers hired onto the Charlie Crist for Governor campaign in February 2006. After stints with the Crist-Kottkamp Inaugural Committee and as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Department of Children and Families, I took a sabbatical from professional politics starting in 2008. 

During my time away from Tallahassee I attended law school and practiced commercial litigation with the Carlton Fields firm in Tampa. An opportunity at The Mosaic Company brought me back to Tallahassee, and I just completed my first Session working on their public affairs team. 

The people I most admire in politics are leaders who are willing to sometimes ignore what their campaign consultants and polls are telling them in order to pursue good government. This type of old-fashioned leadership is becoming increasingly rare. Mayor Richard J. Daley said it best: “Good government is good politics.” 

If I wasn’t working in politics, I would be a high school social studies teacher. I actually went to college to be a teacher, but was quickly distracted by Tallahassee’s political scene. I’m a big supporter of public education and teachers because of my early experience as a history education major. 

In ten years, hopefully you will read about me in the SaintPetersBlog 40 under 40 list. Will I be grandfathered in? In all seriousness, I love my current company and position and hope to work in a similar public affairs role here indefinitely. 

You can connect with me via Twitter @TonyGloverFLA

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Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.