Brightest minds in Florida politics: Brett Doster

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Brett Doster, a fifth generation native of Florida, and a graduate of The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, has been a steady and fierce force behind many of Florida’s most successful lawmakers. Doster was a special assistant to Jeb Bush in his first gubernatorial run in 1993, and has since formed the highly regarded Front Line Strategies consulting firm.

Doster has served as a general consultant to Pam Bondi, during her 2010 bid to become the first female Attorney General of Florida.

Bondi is one of Doster’s biggest fans.

“Brett Doster’s love of family, of country, and his conviction in doing the right thing not only in his personal life, but professionally, is what makes him one of the best in the business,” said Bondi when asked why Doster is one of the brightest minds in Florida politics. “He has steadfastly become part of our family through his kindness, his tenacity, and his furiously protective ways. I am thankful to have him as part of my team.”

In addition to his work for Bondi, Doster helped runn George W. Bush’s re-election effort in Florida; and served as a senior advisor for Florida to the 2012 Mitt Romney presidential campaign.

These posts reflect Doster’s deep understanding of Florida politics and culture and the value he brings to a broad-scale operation.

Doster is also an adjunct professor for Georgetown University where he lectures on American politics. But much of what this political operative knows are things that may not be easily taught: instinct, decisiveness, and the ability to mentally organize large spates of information without them becoming a big, tangled mess.

‘Front Line Strategies’ is clearly a befitting moniker for Doster’s approach: he works the ground before his clients in a way that both guides and protects.

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.