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“4th Floor Files” talks to Lori Killinger about Will Weatherford, being a woman in the process, and Kool Beanz

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The latest installment of the 4th Floor Files features Lori Killinger. Her clients include the Florida Association of Nurse Anesthetists, Mosaic and St. Lucie County. Here’s the file on Lori.

Significant other? Children? Grand kids?

My husband of 20 years, Lee Killinger and our son, 17 year old Andrew and 2 adorable bichons, Boomer and Thumper

In 25 words or less, explain what you do.

Help our clients utilize and maneuver through the regulatory and political processes so they can sustain and grow their businesses.

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


If you have one, what is your motto?

I try to live by the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

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

Yes, but it was a lifetime ago when I practiced law in South Florida.

Three favorite charities.

We give to various charities throughout the year, most having to do with lost, abused and homeless animals.

Any last-day-of-Session traditions?

When my dear friend and mentor, Linda Cox, was alive, we used to watch the hanky drop and then party at one place or another. Since her passing in 2008, that tradition has lost its charm for me. Now, I have no real tradition other than seeing my last issue through to the bitter end.

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

Watching Speaker Weatherford evolve into the leader I know he will be for this Sate and maybe someday, this Country.

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

I shall not covet my neighbor’s client list.

Professional accomplishment of which you are most proud?

Being a successful woman lobbyist in this very challenging process.

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

I am too short to wear loafers.

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

Steve Bosquet because I judge men by the women who love them, and I adore Nancy Leikauf, his wife. 

Other than, your reading list includes…

Sayfie, the Current and several mobile news sites

What swear word do you use most often?

Let me put it this way–it’s easier for me to say it out loud then to put in writing. We’ll leave it at that.

What is your most treasured possession?

My grandmother’s wedding ring.

The best hotel in Florida is…

The Chesterfield on Palm Beach-I don’t know if its the best, but it’s my favorite.

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?

I would have only 3–Governor Rick Scott and Former Governor Charlie Crist-moderated by Carl Hiassen.

Favorite movie.

This is a very difficult question because I have so many, but I am going to go with Dead Poets’ Society.

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

The gift ban hasn’t changed my favorite restaurant which is Kool Beanz.

When you pig out, what do you eat?

It used to be Oreoes, but due to a complete lack of self-control, they have been banned from our home. So, now it’s Jelly Bellies.

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

Jackie Kennedy Onassis

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