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This installment of the “4th Floor Files” features Jennifer Jankowski Green. Here’s the file on Jennifer.

Significant other?

– Raymond E. Green, III


– Do you count four-legged ones?

Grand kids?

– Negative. 

In 25 words or less, explain what you do.

– I am a fixer. I see the problem, I identify the ideal outcome and I hope no one gets between me and my goal. 

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

– I believe in personal responsibility, self-reliance and ethical behavior combined with compassion for those in need. 

If you have one, what is your motto?

– “Be sure to put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.”  – Abraham Lincoln

– “You might have a better policy argument but you will never outwork me.” – Jennifer Green 

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

– Two. Any friend or family member who needs my help and the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists. 

Three favorite charities.

– The Capuchin Monastery in Detroit, Catholic Charities, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. 

Any last-day-of-Session traditions?

– A pair of low heels, a large breakfast and lots of chocolate. 

What are you most looking forward to during the 2013 Legislative Session.

– Positive feedback from a happy client and seeing my staff grow (not necessarily in number but in their professional careers). 

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

– No one. I would never seek out another lobbyist’s clients! 

Professional accomplishment of which you are most proud?

– Earning the Certified Association Executive (CAE), serving as chairman of FAPL, owning my own lobbying firm and seeing my father’s face after he’s been told by a member of the legislature that I am a “well-respected” lobbyist. 

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

– No. I don’t wear loafers. I wear heels. My indulgence is nice handbags. 

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

– I have three. Steve Bousquet and Mary Ellen Klas because they are very tough in their reporting, but fair. Brendan Farrington because he now owns a chicken. 

Other than, your reading list includes…

– A morning jaunt through my Google Alerts, SayfieReview, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn (to see who has viewed my profile) and if I am traveling, the local newspaper. 

What swear word do you use most often?

– During session: a smattering of “are you ****ing kidding me?” The rest of the year it’s the ones allowed on regular TV.  Someone I truly respect once told me that swearing – especially in a professional setting – was beneath me, so I really try hard not to. 

What is your most treasured possession?

– I have a couple of really special family items, but it would have to be the diamond earrings I bought myself after the first session with my own firm. I wear them every day and they remind me of that big milestone. 

The best hotel in Florida is…

– For business: the Grand Bohemian in downtown Orlando. For leisure: The Ritz-Carlton Grand Lakes and any of the beachside row houses on St. George Island. 

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?

– Rick Scott, Don Gaetz, Will Weatherford and Ken Plante. 

Favorite movie.

– Stepbrothers and Caddyshack. I like sci-fi and mystery as well, but nothing is better for a bad mood than a deep belly laugh. 

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

– Pre-gift ban: Tuesday nights with Legislative assistants at Little Italy. Now: it’s a tie between 101 and Avenue. 

When you pig out, what do you eat?

– Peanut M&Ms and peanut butter and jelly on soft wheat bread. 

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

– I know it’s probably over-used, but Ronald Reagan. I have a wonderful photo book about entertaining at the White House that shows the amazing relationship between the President and Mrs. Reagan. 

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, 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.

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