“4th Floor Files” talks to Jared Ross about being an association lobbyist, his wedding ring, and Field of Dreams

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Today’s edition of “4th Floor Files” features Jared Ross of the League of Southeastern Credit Unions. Here’s the file on Jared.

Significant other? Children? Grand kids?

My wife of 7 years, Heather. We have one daughter, Hannah, who is almost 3 and a baby boy on the way in July.

In 25 words or less, explain what you do.

I represent the interests of credit unions before the legislature and executive branch.

Without using the words Democrat, Independent or Republican, conservative or liberal, describe your political persuasion.

While I am registered with one party, I believe in deciding for myself what the best policies are. I very much believe in sound economic policies with lower taxes and am socially moderate.

If you have one, what is your motto?

I don’t really have a motto, though I do try to lead by example.

During your career, have you had a favorite pro bono client?

As an association lobbyist, I don’t really have the opportunity to take on pro bono clients.

Three favorite charities.

American Cancer Society, Children’s Miracle Network, Southeastern Credit Union Foundation

Any last-day-of-Session traditions?

Going home and sleeping late into the next day!

What are you most looking forward to during the 2014 Legislative Session.

The opportunity to do some good for those I represent.

If you could have another lobbyist’s client list, it would be…

Probably Brian Ballard because he represents the Yankees!

Professional accomplishment of which you are most proud?

The fact that I have continued to grow in my career and beeen promoted twice since joining my current association.

Lobbyists are often accused of wearing Gucci loafers; do you own a pair of Gucci loafers? If not, why not?

Not sure many of us association lobbyists have gucci loafers, I know I sure don’t!

Who is your favorite Florida Capitol Press Corp reporter and why?

That’s a tough one, but probably Marc Caputo, he’s fun to follow on twitter!

Other than SaintPetersBlog.com, your reading list includes…

I have eclectic reading taste, but I really enjoy political thrillers. Online, I read Warchant.com and ESPN.com.

What swear word do you use most often?

Probably use the S-word too much. I have learned to temper it some with a little one at home.

What is your most treasured possession?

Well, since I can’t say my daughter is a possession, I would say my wedding band (make sure my wife sees this!!)

The best hotel in Florida is…

I really enjoy the JW Marriott in Orlando

You’ve just learned that you will be hosting a morning talk show about Florida politics. Who are the first four guests you’d invite to appear?

Speaker Designate Crisafulli, President Designate Gardiner, Speaker Weatherford and President Gaetz. I’d love to see the contrast in their visions for Florida’s future.

Favorite movie.

My friend Chris Dorworth is going to kill me, but it’s got to be Field of Dreams

Before the ‘gift ban’, what was your favorite restaurant in Tallahassee? What is your favorite today?

I really enjoyed the Silver Slipper more for the ambiance than the food. Today, I would say Avenue is my favorite.

When you pig out, what do you eat?

Chinese food.

If you could have dinner with a historical figure no longer living, who would it be?

George Washington, to find out what the vision of our Founding Fathers really was, since we hear current politicians continually telling us ths world was not their vision.

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.