Brightest minds in Florida politics: Frank Terraferma

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Does he age? Does he ever get tired? Is his brain part computer?

These are questions that you have either thought, or heard, about Frank Terraferma, Florida’s Republican House campaigns guru and all-around electoral wizard.

Terraferma, it is widely speculated, hasn’t only read crosstabs of election returns from every precinct in the state, for every election cycle for decades — he remembers them.

Overstatement or not, this is a man who lives up to his myth, approaching campaigns with detail, specificity, and deep historical context.

This is a recipe that has served Florida House Republicans well.

“Having worked next to Frank for most of my professional life, I don’t think there is anyone more universally respected/feared for his technical, statistical and demographic knowledge,” says Brecht Heuchan, founder of Contribution Link. “He is a human database. Much of the Republican dominance in House campaigns can be directly attributable to Frank.”

From 1998 through 2004, Terraferma served as director of House campaigns for the Republican Party of Florida, and returned to the same role in 2011, where he has been ever since. In between, Terrafirma was staff director of the House Majority Office under Speaker Allan Bense. He has also managed CCEs and has brought organization and direction to campaigns from the Keys to the tip of the Panhandle.

Terraferma has a BA and MS in Political Science from the Florida State University and is a longtime adjunct instructor at Tallahassee Community College.

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.